23 November 2023

'Nothing quite like it': Berry character cottage comes to market for third time in 130 years

| Dione David
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Entrance at 53 Prince Alfred Street in Berry

This circa 1890 character cottage is being offered to the market for only the third time. Photo: McGoldrick Estate Agents.

If walls could talk, 53 Prince Alfred Street, Berry would have over 130 years of tales about the country town.

Pretty as a picture and steeped in local lore, this is only the third time this circa 1890 character cottage has been offered to the market.

Fittingly named ‘Home’, this four-bedroom country property has attracted strong interest from buyers looking for something truly special, according to the selling agent, McGoldrick Estate Agents’ Nicholas Lyell.

“This place retains many of the original character features and each tells a beautiful story about the home,” he said.

“It has such a beautiful energy.”

Lounge room at 53 Prince Alfred Street in Berry

The separate lounge room contains one of the home’s two working fireplaces, this one with a unique oval feature. Photo: McGoldrick Estate Agents.

Mr Lyell’s research at the Berry Museum indicates the residence was originally constructed by Berry Estates for the esteemed wharf manager, adding a layer of historical significance to its already rich character.

Local storeowners the Chedwiggens purchased it in the 1920s and later sold it to the current owner, who has loved living there.

Characterised by timeless elegance behind a classic picket fence, the residence is cocooned amongst mature gardens. As you step through the gates, the breezeway opens to a seamlessly flowing floor plan and high ceilings.

Being a heritage home, a host of original features remain, including the Jarrah flooring, the distinctive oval fireplace in the lounge (one of two operating fireplaces) and a working wood fuel stove to the large eat-in kitchen, alongside a modern freestanding stove.

Separate dining and living spaces beckon family and friends to come together and the main bathroom pays homage to traditional luxury, with its Art Deco tiling, vintage-style fixtures and claw-foot freestanding bath.

Adding practicality to the charm, the residence also has a detached lock-up garage and laundry on the 876 sqm corner block.

Home from backyard at 53 Prince Alfred Street in Berry

53 Prince Alfred Street, Berry is as pretty as a picture and set on a large corner block within walking distance from all the conveniences of the Berry township.

Low maintenance and highly liveable as is, the home sits on an 876 sqm block surrounded by other character homes and an easy walk to town, where they’ll find Berry Hotel, IGA and everything else they could need.

“The home itself is set back from the front, leaving a deep front yard as was the style of the time,” Mr Lyell said.

“I can picture the new owners sipping a morning coffee on the front verandah and watching the world go by, before heading out into town.”

Dining room at 53 Prince Alfred Street in Berry

If the walls could talk, they’d whisper tales of a bygone era. Photo: McGoldrick Estate Agents.

The price guide for the home is $2.3 to $2.5 million.

Mr Lyell says this unique offering is more than a home – it’s a chance to own a slice of Berry’s history and a chance to “envision your new life within its walls, all the while respecting and celebrating its storied past”.

“Its heritage status does restrict changes to the property, but the buyer of this property isn’t going to want to knock it down. They will want to embrace the chance to make this heritage jewel the backdrop of their family’s future stories and memories,” he said.

“There is nothing quite like this for sale right now. True character homes of this era are rare to the market.”

For more information on 53 Prince Alfred Street, Berry contact Nicholas Lyell of McGoldrick Estate Agents on 0401 658 450.

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