House of the Week: 75 Frederick Street, Merewether

If you have every lived in Merewether you will instantly recognise this house – as the one you dreamed of owning.

Set back from the road and half hidden behind perfectly manicured hedges sits an historic Merewether residence on a flat 1252 square metre block with second access off Ranclaud Street.

It is positioned a block from Merewether beach and selling agent Tammy Hawkins described ‘Trialba’ as “captivating”.

“It is one of the best blocks in the area and one of the most incredible homes I’ve ever seen for that location,” Ms Hawkins said.

The five-bedroom, three-bathroom residence was built in 1911 for Colonel Charles Mark Ranclaud.

It has been a ladies boarding house and school as well as the much-loved family home of Genevieve Burke and Paul Broad, who purchased the property in 2006.

“It’s the sort of house you can never outgrew, the kind of house you never want to leave,” Ms Burke said.

“Once you step inside the gate it’s like it’s own little world. You’ve got 1200 square metres and it’s like your own private sanctuary.”

Its original beauty was the selling point.

It has ornate ceilings, leadlight windows, fireplaces, french doors with lace curtains and a choice of verandas.

“What I love about the house is we use every single room,” Ms Burke said.

“It has amazing verandas and you can just move from one to the other and chase the sun and the cool summer breeze.”

Viewings are by appointment only.

The home is being sold through an expressions of interest campaign.

House of the Week

Address: 75 Frederick Street, Merewether

Agency: McGrath Estate Agents Newcastle City

Contact: Tammy Hawkins on 4989 4000 or 0412 028 418

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