10 May 2024

Character cottage on tightly held Kiama street hits market after half century

| Dione David
Start the conversation
facade of 23 Barney Street in Kiama

This California bungalow on Kiama’s sought-after Barney Street oozes charm. Photo: Ray White Kiama.

Moments after a charming character cottage on one of Kiama’s most sought-after streets hit the market, Ray White Kiama agent Sarah Tuckey says the enquiries came rolling in.

After more than 50 years in the same family, the reaction to 23 Barney Street, Kiama came as no surprise.

“I’ve spent a lot of time with the sellers reminiscing about the beautiful family memories they made in that home over five decades and after all those years, it’s still that kind of home,” she says.

“Now it’s ready for new owners and new memories.”

Perched on 513 sqm the three-bedroom California bungalow-style home is within walking distance from pristine beaches, Kiama train station and village conveniences, and is close to the suburb’s iconic blowhole.

The single-level home with low-maintenance gardens is suitable for young families and downsizers alike. With R3 zoning, there’s plenty of potential for renovations, extensions and rebuilds subject to council approval – but Sarah isn’t convinced that the buyer of this home will go down that route.

“It’s in very good condition but original, so potential buyers might want to update it. It could easily undergo a stunning renovation,” Sarah says.

“But I have a feeling the buyers will want to love it for what it is, and any restorations will lean into the abundant charm of this home.”

From the charming facade to the cozy interior with its ornate ceilings, this home invites you into a world of timeless warmth and nostalgia. Rooms are filled with natural light, creating a bright and airy atmosphere.

Complete with a well-appointed original bathroom, a second shower located in the laundry and a second toilet located in the outhouse off the garage, the cottage ensures convenience and functionality for everyday living.

The level block of land offers endless possibilities to unleash your creativity and transform it into your dream coastal haven.

“A flat, level block is a highly sought-after feature in a suburb like Kiama, which is very hilly,” Sarah says.

“There’s plenty of green space in the backyard for the kids to kick a ball but it also offers potential for a covetable outdoor entertaining area.

“That said, even without touching a thing, I can see the new owners sipping a cuppa on the front verandah or relaxing with a glass of wine on the little paved area out back of an evening while listening to the sounds of the surf.”

Situated on the tightly held Barney Street in the coveted coastal suburb of Kiama, just moments away from the prized Surf Beach, this property is in easy reach of every lifestyle convenience – from boutique shops and cafes to scenic coastal walks and recreational activities.

“Homes on this street don’t come up for sale often,” Sarah says.

“This property must be sold at auction, and presents a rare opportunity for the lucky new buyers a chance to immerse themselves in the laid-back lifestyle this beautiful destination has to offer.”

Number 23 Barney Street, Kiama goes to auction on Monday 3 June at 6 pm. For more information, contact Ray White Kiama sales agent Sarah Tuckey on 0408 288 844.

Start the conversation

Daily Digest

Want the best Illawarra news delivered daily? Every day we package the most popular Illawarra stories and send them straight to your inbox. Sign-up now for trusted local news that will never be behind a paywall.

By submitting your email address you are agreeing to Region Group's terms and conditions and privacy policy.