BUILT TO LAST

Rare 120-year-old piece of lo­cal his­tory is on the mar­ket

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - FRONT PAGE - wendy.an­[email protected]­s­coas­tad­vo­cate.com.au WENDY AN­DREWS

IT’S IM­POR­TANT THAT THIS PLACE IS PRE­SERVED AND CHER­ISHED, THAT’S WHY WE ARE SELL­ING IT OUR­SELVES.

IN THE early 1900s, a rail­way worker used his re­tire­ment funds to build his dream. A bil­liard hall.

While that worker is long gone, for 112 years his solid, tim­ber build­ing has been part of the street-scape of the tiny town­ship of Glen­reagh.

It has un­der­gone many rein­car­na­tions dur­ing the years, serv­ing as a home, bar­ber shop, butcher shop, coach stop and even a dance hall.

For the past eight years it has been both home and busi­ness and also a labour of love for Chris Goo­ley and Pete Kauki­ainen.

“There is still a plaque on the wall nam­ing it the ‘Bil­liard Hall’, but we have been hap­pily liv­ing here and op­er­at­ing our lit­tle shop, Seek, Love Keep – pre-loved trea­sures,” Chris said.

With the ar­rival of twin grand-daugh­ters, the cou­ple is mov­ing to Tas­ma­nia; ex­cited to be mov­ing closer to fam­ily but sad at the thought of leav­ing their home and com­mu­nity.

“We have put up the ‘for sale’ sign, and it’s prov­ing to be bit­ter-sweet,” Chris said.

“We are want­ing to find some­one who will love this place as much as we do.

“It’s a piece of liv­ing his­tory in a lovely com­mu­nity.”

Made from solid tim­bers, a mix of ma­hogany, red cedar and tal­low-wood, the prop­erty has 13ft ceil­ings and is among the small num­ber of lo­cal, still hab­it­able tim­ber build­ings from that era.

There is also a ne­go­tiable op­tional ex­tra if you’re in­ter­ested in buy­ing this prop­erty. Pete is a highly ac­com­plished mu­si­cian. He is pro­fi­cient on more than 200 mu­si­cal in­stru­ments, from the ac­cor­dion to the zither, and owns a 111-yearold John Broad­wood and Sons ma­hogany grand pi­ano.

“We bought the house to go with the pi­ano – it’s made from the same wood. It’s a beau­ti­ful in­stru­ment. It would be a shame to drag it away from the house,” Pete said.

“I bought it from an old English gen­tle­man in Valla. He pur­chased the pi­ano as a wed­ding present for his wife and then brought it out from Eng­land when they mi­grated here. He told me he thinks it has a ‘sis­ter in Buck­ing­ham Palace’ be­cause it was made by the same com­pany who were mak­ers to the royal fam­ily.”

Chris and Pete are both well known on the Coffs Coast. If you’ve ever been to a lo­cal the­atre pro­duc­tion you’re sure to have seen Chris tread­ing the boards and Pete, who teaches at the Coffs Con­ser­va­tion­ism, has shared his tal­ent and love of mu­sic with many stu­dents.

They have “lov­ingly re­stored rather than ren­o­vated” the prop­erty and have up­dated the bath­room and kitchen. The front of the prop­erty has two sep­a­rate doors open­ing to the main street. Cur­rently one en­trance leads to the pri­vate res­i­dence and the other to an area be­ing used as a shop.

The flex­i­bil­ity in the floor plan al­lows you to cre­ate some­thing unique to your needs, ei­ther a mix of com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial or per­haps 100 per cent res­i­den­tial.

“It’s not her­itage listed so you have the free­dom to put your own stamp on it,” Pete said.

“We have loved be­ing a part of this warm com­mu­nity. There is a high owner-oc­cu­pancy rate. Who­ever comes here should have, or is will­ing to make, a strong con­nec­tion to the Coffs/Clarence area.

“It’s im­por­tant that this place is pre­served and cher­ished, that’s why we are sell­ing it our­selves.”

The prop­erty is open today from 10am to noon and is lo­cated at 51 Co­ramba Street, Glen­reagh.

The price is $530,000 which in­cludes a big work­shop and a fruit­ing olive tree called Leo.

In­quiries to Pete 0403 352 737

“This home is 112 years old and will eas­ily stand for an­other 112 years. It has been built to last, all it needs is a new owner to ap­pre­ci­ate it,” Pete said.

HIS­TORIC: Chris Goo­ley and Pete Kauki­ainen are seeking some­one who will cher­ish this old home.

Photo: TREVOR VEALE

FAREWELL SONG: Chris Goo­ley and Pete Kauki­ainen are leav­ing town, so their his­toric home is up for sale.

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