Some say it resembles the Addams Family home.
Some say it is haunted.
It does give one pause, doesn’t it?
Talk about being frozen in time. This 19th century relic sits across from a modern sports stadium in the Paddington neighborhood of Sydney, Australia but it remains essentially untouched by the modern world.
A dame named Aunty Toots – a daughter of the original owner – lived in this very home for the past 90 years.
90 years folks!
Last purchased in 1924, this Federation Queen Anne style home was originally built as a farmhouse estate but now sits in inner-city Sydney. It even has the original stables at the rear of the property:
The farm was converted into a “gentleman’s residence” in 1873 and presumably had some updates at that time. But not many.
The house is named ‘Verulam‘ – the ancient name for London.
Spanning three levels, the home also features a cellar that served as an air raid shelter and safe house for emergency supplies during WWII.
The listing agents have been overwhelmed with inquiries about Verulam and so an auction will be held September 11, 2014. Guiding bid is $2 million and since the house has not been sold since 1924, the owners should turn a fancy profit on this old gal.
The interior is a veritable museum of original features including antique marble fireplaces, leadlight windows, and 19th century verandah columns.
From the listing:
Requiring extensive restoration and renovation, the property features a classic entry hall; five bedrooms; grand reception rooms; a large dine-in kitchen; sunroom; family room with enclosed verandah; two baths; laundry/utilities; stables with mezzanine storage; and multiple parking.
And just feast your eyes on this antiquated kitchen:
This is the kind of house that makes our pulse quicken and mouths salivate here at House Crazy!
Aunty Toots has earned her place in heaven for keeping this place, well, the same for the past 90 years.
ps…. thanks to Lonnie B. for giving me a head’s up on this one!!!