Sad farewell to home of five decades

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - ALEISHA DAW­SON

CARS bogged on the streets of Nobby Beach may seem laugh­able now, but in the 1960s get­ting stuck on sandy tracks was part of daily life.

One of those res­i­dents was Leon Wil­liamson, 92, who is pre­par­ing to farewell her fam­ily beach house.

It is the first time the prop­erty has hit the mar­ket in 50 years and is ex­pected to at­tract plenty of in­ter­est when it goes un­der the ham­mer this month.

Mrs Wil­liamson and her late hus­band John paid $14,500 in 1968 for the fivebed­room Mer­maid Beach prop­erty in Chair­lift Ave East.

Daugh­ter Robin O’Neill said the cou­ple moved from Her­vey Bay, de­cid­ing Nobby Beach would be the place to raise their four chil­dren.

“When we moved into the house there was only bi­tu­men from Al­ba­tross Ave to Seag­ull Ave so on many oc­ca­sions dad and his two sons would have to as­sist mo­torists who had bogged their cars in the sandy road near Lion’s Head (be­tween Seag­ull and Pe­trel Ave),” Mrs O’Neill said.

“It was a care­free life with sand dunes ev­ery­where and sand up around all of the fences. We spent our days go­ing to the beach and to school.”

Ms O’Neill re­called reg­u­larly climb­ing Magic Moun- tain to soak up the view.

“There was the chair­lift but we al­ways used to climb the hill,” she said.

Ms Wil­liamson lived in the house for 50 years – she re­cently moved to Bris­bane and re­luc­tantly put the home on the mar­ket.

“The only changes were the alu­minium win­dows and a new kitchen up­stairs. The old kitchen went down­stairs,” Mrs O’Neill said.

The res­i­dence has three be­d­rooms on the sec­ond floor as well as a kitchen, bath­room and liv­ing ar­eas.

A self-con­tained liv­ing area and two more be­d­rooms are on the ground floor.

Ron Lon­don is mar­ket­ing the prop­erty and said it of­fered a range of pos­si­bil­i­ties for in­vest­ment, ren­o­va­tion or re­de­vel­op­ment.

“The prop­erty is due to go to auc­tion on Oc­to­ber 27.

The view of the beach from Magic Moun­tain, Nobby Beach in 1969 and (be­low) Leon Wil­liamson, (mid­dle unded by her chil­dren Jan, Alan, Chris and Robyn hold­ing Dig­ger the dog. This photo was taken at Nobby Beach in Septem­ber, 1969; and t7 Chair­lift Ave East to­day.

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