House of the week: 79 Howe Street, Lambton

​The owners had always admired “Cartrefle” from afar. 

The name is Welsh for home and that is what they always wanted it to be after purchasing the historic Lambton residence 14 years ago.

The stunning four-bedroom house is one of the most recognisable in the suburb.

Built in 1919 by William Knight for the wealthy Payne Family, the home has only ever had three owners.

“I’d always admired the old place and when we saw it was for sale, it was something that took our eye,” the owner said.

They bought it within days of looking through. The federation architecture and timeless beauty was what won them over.

“I just love old houses and it’s a beautiful home. There are not too many around from that era that are still intact,” he said.

“It was so original inside, it really hadn’t been altered.”

The owners have renovated and extended over the years adding a large family room, redoing the kitchen and adding a wrap-around verandah and new garage.

Being “sympathetic to the architecture that was already there” was crucial.

“It’s modernised but still in the character of the house.”

Many original features remain, including brass name plates on both entries, fireplaces, timber joinery, pull chords, leadlight windows and plasterwork.

The extensive garden has been “a labour of love” for the owner, who has a landscaping business.

The home is set on a 981-square-metre corner block and is being marketed with a price guide of $1.55 million.


Address: 79 Howe Street, Lambton

Price guide: $1.55 million

Agency: Dalton Partners

Contact: Scott Purnell on 0438 770 427; Joanna Cook on 0407 826 391

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