16 April 2023

An elegant entry into blue-chip Wollongong suburb

| Dione David
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Facade of 24 Mangerton Road, Wollongong

Number 24 Mangerton Road, Wollongong is a charming cottage-style property on a neat corner block walking distance from town. Photo: The Agency.

Perched pretty as a picture on a 343 sqm corner block, this rare entry point into one of Wollongong’s blue-ribbon suburbs has been fully refreshed without compromising its cottage charm.

With a neat, low-maintenance, level yard complete with a child-friendly lawn, 24 Mangerton Road is only 850 metres from Wollongong West Public School and the prestigious TIGS (The Illawarra Grammar School) private school and within walking distance of town.

The interiors offer a spacious feel with a wide entry hall, three squarely proportioned bedrooms with space to put in built-ins, and soaring, 10-foot-high ceilings.

Lounge room at 24 Mangerton Road, Wollongong

Touches of stained glass, a decorative ceiling and an original tiled fireplace add to the heritage character in the lounge room. Photo: The Agency.

Windows along both sides of the home and a lack of properties on either side mean the house is flooded with natural light.

Coupled with its crisp refurbishment, it offers bright living not always found in heritage homes, according to selling agent Tony Johnson of The Agency.

“It has a really nice vibe inside; people who walk through it say it feels good,” he says.

“It has the kind of character you can’t buy in newer places.”

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Other indoor spaces include the country kitchen with gas cooking and ample prep space and separate dining and lounge rooms.

The light, bright bathroom has a tub and there’s an internal laundry and linen cupboard.

Details to the lounge including touches of stained glass, a decorative ceiling and the original tiled fireplace to the lounge add to the building’s heritage charm.

At a guess, Tony reckons the home will be nearing its centenary in the next 15 years.

“Older homes like these do need extra attention from time to time,” he says.

“You’ve got to buy old to get real old-world charm, though.”

An $850,000 to $900,000 price guide primes this home for a young family looking to break into the market on a budget.

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The single-storey weatherboard design includes a lovely full-width front verandah that basks in the morning sunshine.

“I could picture the new owners enjoying a morning cuppa or sipping afternoon cocktails there,” Tony says.

With side access to a convenient rear parking pad via Brownlee Street, easy access to transport links and located a short drive to beautiful beaches and Figtree Grove shopping centre, this might be your chance to score a lovely home at an entry-level price.

The auction will take place on Monday 17 April at 5:30 pm. For more information, call Tony Johnson on 0414 946 000.

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