House of the Week: 1 Park Road, Tighes Hill

Stepping through the gate of 1 Park Road, Tighes Hill is like stepping back in time.

The Federation style home which takes up the whole corner block between Park Road and Union Street, is being offered to market for the first time in 21 years.

You can feel the home’s history as you enter.

There is no denying the three-bedroom residence, built circa 1903, needs some TLC but there is plenty to work with.

It has high ceilings, picture rails, leadlight features, french doors, original fireplaces, big bedrooms and a half-enclosed return verandah looking over Islington parkland and Throsby Creek.

It is quietly placed on around 620 square metres and still has the original copper in a shed out the back off a private, paved courtyard.

The home is surrounded by traditional gardens and its position to the back of the block, which has three street frontages, creates a sense of space.

It is within walking distance of well-regarded schools, Throsby Creek walkways, Islington Park and cafés.

The home is being marketed by Street Property Group’s Andrew Walker, who said it has a possible historic link to the suburb with a Mr Tighe listed on the title deed as the original owner.

When you walk in, it’s got soul.

Andrew Walker

The property will be sold through an expressions of interest campaign.

Properties in the street are tightly held. The last sale, in October of last year for a renovated three-bedroom residence was $1.075 million.

Mr Walker said location would be a key selling point and the residence offered a lot of potential in terms of possible renovation and restoration.

“The thing about Tighes Hill is it offers so much that people usually associate with somewhere like Merewether or The Junction in the fact that it’s got very good schools close by, parks and Throsby Creek,” he said.

“Tighes Hill is an eclectic suburb and has got this proliferation of little cafes which offer more than just coffee with art and creative endeavours.

“The home itself has got enormous scope … when you walk in, it’s got soul.”

One of the daughters of the home’s late owner said it had been a loved residence for over two decades.

Her mother held annual jacaranda tea parties and “verandah drinks” and could often be seen on the side verandah painting her local surroundings.

The views from the front verandah, particularly of an evening as the sun set over Throsby Creek and the Tighes Hill TAFE were “fantastic” and “the setting of the home is lovely” in an unobtrusive, quiet street that has access to all inner city living has to offer.

The home has a formal lounge and a sunroom. The kitchen adjoins a separate formal dining room with access to a side porch through french doors. There is a second living space at the rear of the home.

It has inspections on February 3 and 4 between 11.15am and 12.15pm.