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Kingston S. E.'s Most Historic HouseProperty ID 1543681'Otter House' c.1860 presents historical significance as the first house built in Kingston S.E. by co-founders, brothers James and Archibald Cooke. 'Otter House' is further steeped in history as the chosen overnight stopping place for Royal brothers, Prince Albert and Prince George on their Australian visit in 1881. Prince George later being crowned King George V, grandfather of Queen Elizabeth II. The historical significance of 'Otter House' is evident with its status of State Heritage Listing.
'Otter House is prominently elevated on a sandy rise & situated on a huge residential land holding of 7,578m2 approx. on the edge of the town centre and an easy walk to the esplanade parklands and beach, with partial coastal views of Lacepede Bay. Barrowman Parkland and the Retirement Village adjoin the property. The land has a generous frontage to Cooke Street of 60.66 metres and offers potential land division (STCA), otherwise there is plenty of land for larger shedding, a tennis court & further landscaped gardens to make it a most private and tranquil setting.
The Australian Colonial Cottage style with stunning French doors that open onto the wide front verandah gives 'Otter House' its distinctive appearance. The original section of the home captures the authentic character and rich history with its cedar doors & architraves wrapped around the thick 18 inch approx. local stone walls. The charm and sense of royalty is evident from your first step into the main hallway, where the appreciation of Kingston's pioneers, just over 150 years ago laid their foundation to build and further enhance their dream.
A latter weatherboard extension was built onto the original home under the ownership of the Flint family. This addition gives the home a very flexible floor plan and could be converted into a self-contained unit. Renovations and restoration have been undertaken over recent years by the current proud owners, the Jeffrey family.
The outdoor pergola welcomes the morning sun and is well sheltered from sea breezes to relax around a barbeque with family & friends, overlooking the expansive backyard. Three vehicle entry gateways in front of the home creates an easy drive around and plenty of parking.
The wide front verandah is a lovely place to relax and enjoy morning or afternoon teas with visitors or to immerse yourself in a good book, with a westerly outlook to the coast in the warmth of the afternoon sun and the sound of the waves braking on the beach.
Kingston S.E's most historic residence has greater potential to further enhance its colonial appeal and give its new owners a unique residence of very comfortable proportions on a magnificent large land holding.
'OTTER HOUSE' HAS MANY FEATURES TO ADMIRE:-
Four bedrooms, b/in robes in two + study
Two bathrooms, main with separate shower & bath
Kitchen/meals room with ample cupboards & dishwasher
Spacious living rooms - formal or informal options
Winter comfort with wood heating & electric heatbank
Possible independent living and/or letting options
Original section with magnificent high ceilings
Stunning cedar skirtings & architraves with wide doors
Original cedar brought out by boat from Otter Ferry, Scotland
Old cellar, not currently in use
Rear entry foyer, plus additional storeroom
Large paved pergola for entertaining
Double car shed, plus workshop/storage shed
5,000 gal. rainwater tank & cased bore, mains services connected
Huge land holding of 7,578m2 approx.
Residential land division potential (STCA)
Easy walk to the esplanade parklands & beach
Casual walk to town centre and medical services
So whether 'Otter House' will suit your family lifestyle and/or investment interests, this sale offers the purchaser a 'Once in a Lifetime' opportunity to embrace the Pioneer's dream.