When searching for your perfect property, there’s likely a list of criteria you’re hoping to find. A certain amount of bedrooms, bathrooms, parking spaces, land size…
But if finding a home with an interesting history and beautiful period features is at the top of your list, then call off the search, because we’ve found the perfect property for you.
Located along the leafy Ridge Street in Gordon, set back behind a charming picket fence and framed with azaleas and camellias, sits number 64 – also known as Percyville.
While Percyville currently boasts four bedrooms, including a master suite, two bathrooms, open plan living, outdoor entertaining, an oversized garage and more across it’s 986.4 sqm of land, it also features stunning federation period features like original fireplaces and groove wainscot paneling, reminiscent of the property’s rich history.
The property dates back to 1911, but the land itself goes all the way back to 1840. In fact, it’s believed that Percyville wasn’t actually built on the land that it now resides and was later transported to it’s current location.
Your Chance To Purchase A Piece Of North Shore History
In 1840, 64 Ridge Street was originally part of a 220 acre land grant to a man named John Terry Hughes. In 1897 the land was subdivided and Ridge Street was constructed as part of what was known as Gordon Heights Estate. The land was later subdivided even further as Lot 74 was divided into four, becoming property numbers 68, 66, 64 and a laneway.
Conveniently number 64 was given dual street frontage to Holford Crescent which still exists today, giving the property potential for a granny flat (STCA) or a separate entry for a potential at-home business if desired.
As for the property itself, evidence suggests that it was never built onsite at Ridge Street and was instead transported here from a previous location along the Pacific Highway around 1930. According to an article in The Historian Vol 37.1 named Ridge Street Gordon, Percyville was originally a fireman’s house that was transported to 64 Ridge Street on wheels after the fire station closed on the Pacific Highway in Gordon.
While you won’t find a fireman’s pole on the property, despite featuring a spectacular pitched ceiling that could certainly facilitate one, the home’s previous life at a fire station sure makes for an interesting story!
Overtime the property has changed owners on numerous occasions. Sue Kelly owned the property between 1970 and 1982 and said that she loved the rural atmosphere that the property had, despite being moments from Gordon shops and amenities.
“The backyard had a chicken shed and was full of fruit trees and vegetable plots,” Ms Kelly said. “The front garden had a path with rose gardens each side and of course plenty of camellias.
“The garage was large as a previous owner had been a bootmaker working from home. His clients came through a side gate in the lane into the closed-in back verandah of the house.”
Many years on, 64 Ridge Street now blends it’s history filled period features with modern additions, showcasing eclectic appeal. One of our favourite modifications to the home is the resort-like garden, featuring a courtyard deck with water feature and a motorised awning, and alfresco outdoor entertaining area with views of the saltwater inground pool.
Interested in purchasing your own piece of North Shore history? 64 Ridge Street Gordon is currently for sale with McConnell Bourn. Could Percyville be your new address? You can read more about the property details here or get in touch with us for more details on 9496 2777!
Contact the selling agents Carole McCrea and Hugh Cullen directly on 0418 291 345 or 0411 177 609.