Incredible photos from inside on the patio of a retired 1930s nurse, that’s almost exactly the same as the day she moved in – and even has a 100 year old stove in perfect working order
- A one-story terrace in one of Sydney’s most desirable suburbs looks like it’s frozen in time
- Built in the early 1930s, the two bedrooms in Bondi Junction still have many of the original fixtures
- One gas range from a range of cookers released in 1917 is still in perfect working order 103 years after its launch
- Real estate agents discovered a newspaper dated Sunday November 3, 1957 in one of the cabinets
- That was the date when the Soviet Union launched the very first living animal into space – a dog named Laika
- The installation of a small bathroom and the demolition of one room divider are the only updates in 90 years
A one-story terrace in one of Sydney’s most desirable suburbs is frozen in a bygone era.
The two-bedroom in Bondi Junction was built in the early 1930s and 90 years later still retains many of its original features, thanks to its retention by the 81-year-old retired nurse who spent ‘almost her whole life’ there until she lived in it earlier this year.
The kitchen is vintage personified, with an ‘Early Kooka’ range gas range manufactured by Metters and Company in Adelaide in 1917 – during World War I – that is still in perfect working order.
While clearing the house for the auction, agent Michael Minogue of Woollahra agency 1st City Minogue + Doake discovered a Sunday, November 3, 1957 newspaper in one of the cabinets.
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Built in the early 1930s at Bondi Junction in Sydney, the interior of this single-storey terrace appears to have been frozen in time
The ‘Early Kooka’ gas range (right) is from a series manufactured by Metters and Company in Adelaide in 1917 and is still in perfect working order 103 years after it was first released
That was the date the Soviet Union launched the very first living animal into space: a stray dog from the streets of Moscow named Laika.
“It’s fairly well preserved,” Minogue told Daily Mail Australia.
“It’s a great house and all the residents are paying attention to the little woman that lived there.”
A wood-framed television with matching knobs on either side of the dashboard – a style popular in the 1950s – stands in the floral-carpeted living room opposite a boarded-up fireplace, believed to have been installed when the house was built.
Mr Minogue said the installation of a small bathroom and the demolition of a partition between the laundry room and the kitchen are the only updates that have been made in the last 90 years.
The wall was knocked to accommodate a sink in the kitchen, which was originally built without a sink.
A 50s-style wooden-framed TV with matching knobs on either side of the dashboard is in the living room with floral carpet
Also found in the house was an old typewriter (left) that weighed ‘about two tons’, so heavy you could barely lift it
While clearing the house for auction, broker Michael Minogue discovered a newspaper from Sunday November 3, 1957 in one of the cabinets
Minogue said he enjoyed a cup of coffee brewed on the century-old stove and confirmed that it worked ‘fine’ before getting started cleaning up waste prior to the auction.
While cleaning, he also found an old typewriter that weighed “about two tons,” so heavy he could barely lift it, as well as a collection of 1930s wooden furniture.
Mr Minogue said the house attracted ‘many interested buyers’, with a mix of investors, developers and private home buyers looking for a challenging ‘fixer upper’.
The house was sold on Saturday for an undisclosed sum to a local woman living in Bellevue Hill, who plans to renovate and rent it out until she is ready to downsize and move there later in life.
The historic home attracted ‘many interested buyers’, with a mix of investors, developers and private home buyers
The demolition of a partition between the kitchen and the laundry room to place a sink (photo) is one of the few updates made in the last 90 years
Once home to a working-class immigrant community, Bondi Junction is now a highly sought-after neighborhood popular among young professionals for its proximity to Bondi Beach on one side and the CBD four miles away on the other.
The Junction is today Sydney’s fifth largest business district, behind the CBD, North Sydney, Parramatta and Chatswood.
The average price for a two-bedroom home is $ 1.93 million (AUD), while the average rental price for a two-bedroom apartment is $ 750 per week.