21 April 2023

Historic railway cottage with ocean views for sale at trendy Thirroul

| Katrina Condie
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The historic railway cottage is loaded with character. Photo: A&R Property Group.

In a picturesque setting between the Illawarra escarpment and the beach, this original railway cottage is loaded with character and original features from a bygone era.

Only moments from the chic village centre with its cafes, boutiques, galleries and pubs, 9 The Waves, Thirroul, is traditional in design, with generous room proportions, high ceilings and polished timber floorboards.

Selling agent Alastair Reid from A&R Property Group says the home is one of only a handful of historic railway cottages that remain in the street.

“The two-bedroom cottage is loaded with character and has been well cared for by the same family for 80 years,” he said.

“The home has retained its authentic patina and you can feel the history as soon as you walk in the front door.”

While the kitchen has been updated over the years, it still has the original wood-burning Bega stove that brings vintage character and warmth to the home.

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The cottage was one of many built to house workers at the Thirroul Railway Station that opened in the late 1880s and is now heritage listed.

“There’s only a few of the cottages left in the street, so this is an opportunity to own a piece of local history,” Alastair said.

The two-bedroom cottage has good-sized rooms including an enclosed sunroom, a spacious family lounge and a separate dining room.

The weatherboard home boasts stunning timber throughout, with timber lining boards a feature in some rooms, picture rails and timber sash windows.

“Couples and family buyers alike will appreciate the separate dining or second living room, plus the sweet sunroom/study –‌ giving flexible options to meet your work-from-home needs,” Alastair said.

“The lounge is lovely and spacious and comes complete with a cosy potbellied fire.”

The front wraparound verandah captures ocean views, while the elevated, sun-drenched rear entertainment deck looks out into the treetops and beyond to the towering escarpment.

“The back deck is a nice peaceful place to sit and look out at the bush and listen to the birds,” Alastair said.

“This street is one of the most desired in Thirroul because it offers both bush and beach views.”

The home is ready for new owners to move straight in and enjoy as-is, or, Alastair said, it’s also ideal for a modern makeover.

“Many of the old cottages have had stunning contemporary extensions, but retaining their unique character,” he said.

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On the market for $1,899,000, the cottage has attracted interest from both Illawarra locals and Sydneysiders seeking a tree change within an easy commute back into the city.

“You’ve got the train station close by and it’s an easy drive to Sydney as well,” Alastair said.

“Thirroul itself is a popular suburb with the village shopping centre close by and the fabulous beach.

“The house next door sold for $2.9 million last year and this is another quality home in a great location.”

Set on a 615 square metre block, the home is fully fenced with a north-facing backyard and off-street parking for two cars at the side.

For more information or to arrange an inspection of 9 The Waves, Thirroul, contact Alastair Reid on 0434 767 552.

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