11 August 2023

Wollongong character home in pristine condition with ocean views

| Dione David
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Lounge room with glimpses to the ocean at 50 McKenzie Avenue in Wollongong

The interiors of this beautiful circa 1940s home are characterised by original period details, including high ornate ceilings. Photo: Stone Real Estate Illawarra.

It’s rare to find the charm of a circa 1940s home in turnkey condition but at 50 McKenzie Avenue, Wollongong, there it sits on a 1116 sqm block with ocean views.

This character-filled brick residence is fresh on the market for the first time in 30 years, during which it has been lovingly held by its second owner.

According to the selling agent, Stone Real Estate Illawarra’s Neil Webster, the substantial block, covetable location and immaculate condition leave the future of this property wide open.

“The house itself is original, but in such beautiful condition, it’s like a brand new 1940s home. You could keep it as is or extend it for more space,” he says.

“Given the location a short drive to Wollongong CBD, local schools, train line, the hospital and the university it would also rent well as a practical investment.

“At the same time the land is substantial, so you could knock it down and redevelop the site to in townhouses or duplexes, or build a palatial home that captures the views in their entirety.”

The red brick facade of 50 McKenzie Avenue in Wollongong

A red brick character home like this rarely comes in such pristine condition. Photo: Stone Real Estate Illawarra.

The interiors reveal original period details including high ornate ceilings throughout and timber floors, but Mr Webster says the biggest drawcard has to be the views to Wollongong Beach.

These are captured particularly well from the large open-plan living and sitting areas.

“I could picture the new owner sitting here, ignoring the television and just watching the world go by,” he says.

“The front porch also has northeast ocean views. You could happily sit there with a cuppa and a book or a couple of friends and a glass of wine.”

The kitchen at the centre of the home has a stainless gas stove, ample cabinetry and a view over the backyard and the separate dining room contains a fireplace, keeping winter dinners nice and cosy.

There are two good-sized bedrooms, one with a built-in wardrobe and ocean views.

For convenience, there’s an extra toilet in addition to a full bathroom that belies its age.

“The bathroom is another example of how loved this home has been. The tiling in there is original, and it’s still pristine,” Mr Webster says.

Bedroom with glimpses of ocean at 50 McKenzie Avenue in Wollongong

The main bedroom has a built-in wardrobe and ocean views. Photo: Stone Real Estate Illawarra.

The gardens are established and drenched in sunshine. Out the back, a tiered composition and benches create opportunities to entertain, with the top tier capturing ocean views beyond the house. This area has the potential to be further landscaped and transformed into an entertainers paradise or outdoor oasis.

The home boasts plenty of under-house storage, a workshop and wide side driveway parking.

Located minutes from the conveniences of the CBD, dining and transport, schools, parks and beautiful beaches, the options for this character home are endless.

Number 50 McKenzie Avenue, Wollongong opens for the first time this Saturday 12 August from 10:30 am to 11 am. For more information, contact Neil Webster on 0439 028 748.

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