Sale of the Century for Clovelly Cottage

A Clovelly cottage held by the McIntyre family since it was built by the original owner Malcolm McIntyre 100 years ago is being offered to the market for the first time.

A builder who constructed many homes in Sydney’s eastern suburbs and at Red Hill in Canberra when the national capital was being established, Malcolm McIntyre bought 8 Clifton Road, Clovelly, from the original subdivision and built the house himself.

Malcolm and his wife Jessie (pictured) moved into the freestanding cottage in April, 1915, and it has gone on to serve three generations of the McIntyre family with Malcolm and Jessie’s daughter Lorna and her family living there until recently.

“Malcolm was born in Paddington in 1891 and was from a family of well-known Scottish builders, the McIntyre Brothers,” grandson Tony Plummer said.

“Malcolm was an active community worker and was among the volunteers who built Clovelly Bowling Club. He was a keen lawn bowler and follower of cricket, listening to most of the Tests involving the prolific century maker Don Bradman on the wireless at home. Malcolm passed away aged 68 in 1959.

“He would have been very pleased that the house he built at 8 Clifton Rd has gone on to celebrate its own century and also pleased that the home is ready for its next innings.”

Selling agent Simon Platt of Ray White Coogee/Bondi Junction, said the double-fronted cottage’s front doors were originally from a Paddington pub that was demolished.

“This charming cottage is tucked away in a prized, tightly-held family enclave just moments from the crisp ocean waters of Clovelly Beach, coastal walkways and an array of vibrant community cafes,” he said.

“Set on a deep, leafy sun-washed level parcel of 496 sqm (approx), the home provides a flexible layout that includes a traditional welcome entrance hall, four spacious bedrooms, generous living room, an untouched bathroom, original gas kitchen with adjoining dining and an internal laundry/utilities room plus garage with additional driveway parking.”

Mr Platt said the home is surrounded by luxurious seaside residential properties.

“This is a ripe blank canvas complete with traditional features, great proportions, lead light windows and high ceilings and is awaiting creative transformation,” he said.

“The opportunity for the new owners to harness the amazing potential on offer in such an idyllic coastal family setting with easy access to a choice of quality schools, open parklands, popular beaches and an enviable local community culture is undeniably appealing.

“Whether you renovate, extend or rebuild subject to council approval (STCA), a new exciting chapter awaits this phenomenal offering.”

8 Clifton Rd, Clovelly, will be auctioned on-site at 1230pm on Saturday, May 2, 2015. Viewings of the home will be conducted on Thursdays and Saturday from 12-12.45pm.