7 April 2023

Renovated bungalow retains 1940s charm at West Wollongong

| Katrina Condie
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Front of the home

A grand entry welcomes you to 10 Gilmore Street. Photo: Ray White Wollongong.

A cute cottage in West Wollongong has been fully renovated from front to back but retains many period features.

Built in the 1940s, the three-bedroom bungalow features high ornate ceilings, picture rails, timber windows and a gorgeous fireplace.

From the front, 10 Gilmore Street, West Wollongong is as cute as a button, with a triple gable roofline, bay window and an impressive, tiled staircase leading to a covered porch.

Ray White Wollongong sales agent Fady Saad says the home has been lovingly renovated for contemporary living but has not lost its character and charm.

“It’s been completely renovated inside and out, but the owners have kept many of the original features,” he said.

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“Breathtaking at first glance, it continues to impress once you step inside – featuring dual living areas and a study nook, an oversized cook’s kitchen, gracious high ceilings throughout and French doors to the rear courtyard.”

The home has been modernised for contemporary family living.

“The renovation has opened up a great light-filled open plan living area that all flows through nicely. The kitchen and dining area connects with the outdoor space which is ideal for today’s type of living,” Fady said.

“The timber floors are not original, but they suit the style of the home and marry up nicely with the old timber windows.”

The home is filled with light and has a sense of cosiness, but still has space and style with plantation shutters and downlights throughout.

The renovated shaker-style kitchen is big and bright, with stone benchtops and a five-burner gas cooker, while the bathroom is a modern version of the period style with white subway tiles and an inviting, freestanding clawfoot bathtub.

Fady says the chic alfresco entertainment area is a great place to entertain family and friends or just sit and unwind after a long day, surrounded by easy-care gardens.

The original property has been subdivided and the cottage sits on the front block, with parking space at the rear.

Established hedges frame a newly landscaped front courtyard area and the grand entry.

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Fady says the home is ideal for downsizers seeking a low-maintenance, character home on one level, where all the hard work has been done.

“It would also suit first home buyers or a young couple stepping up from an apartment to a house that are seeking a bit of space,” he added.

With a price guide of $990,000, it represents good value for a home that doesn’t require another cent spent on it.

Located on the dynamic city fringe, the property is close to great schools, including The Illawarra Grammar School, parks, Figtree Grove shopping centre and the Gwynneville and Keiraville villages centres.

To arrange an inspection of 10 Gilmore Street, West Wollongong, contact Fady Saad at Ray White Wollongong on 0422 050 392.

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