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A Touch of Magic at this Beautiful Period Cottage

Just 55 minutes from Sydney, make this your creative getaway located in the majestic Hawkesbury region.

By Josh Bozin
Mon, Mar 11, 2024 1:59pmGrey Clock 2 min

Sometimes in life, beauty can be found in the most obscure places. In the case of 35 North Street, Windsor, well, everything about this beautifully restored leafy cottage is enticing… and enchanting. Located in the heart of Windsor, NSW—an original Australian settlement town—this three-level weatherboard and split-slab cottage and barn is, more or less, straight out of a fairytale movie.

Built in the 1860s and carefully restored, this period home is the epitome of charm and character with subtle nuances that not only hark back to its rich history, but will present as an attractive oasis for the modern day home owner.

Once owned by Australian artist, Greg Hansell, you can see its ties to creativity – a space where, as the current owner did, one can immerse themselves in the bubble of creativity afforded by the “peace of house, barn and garden.” Surrounded by colonial-era buildings including one that should present familiar if you were a fan of  A Country Practice series, you’ll feel a world away from the hustle and bustle of Sydney’s CBD. Yet, you’re only 55 minutes away.

The home is set on a large 638 sqm block, and features scalloped timber fretwork and handmade timber shutters throughout, original hardwood floors, including tongue-and-groove boards, as well as hand-crafted interior and exterior detailings. Head up the dainty wooden stairs to discover a sun-filled loft-style living room and library with vaulted timber ceiling – an ideal setting to “indulge in creative pursuits” or simply relax and unwind as you look out to views over the luscious north-facing cottage garden and barn. The cottage features two light-filled bedrooms and one bathroom, with potential to expand or further renovate.

“It’s most beautiful in the autumn and winter seasons,” says its current owner. “I think there’s something very magical about this property. And really, it’s about not being too big but not being too small, so it’s perfect for entertaining and hosting guests all-year round.”

The rustic kitchen, with its handmade bricks, hardwood beams and working fireplace that heats the whole home, is a beautiful communal space to entertain family and guests alike. This is a great opportunity for a family home or as a second residence for a true escape to the country.

The property will be auctioned on April 13 and has a price guide of $1.6million.

Address: 35 North Street, Windsor NSW

Price guide: Contact agent

Auction: April 13, 2024

Agent: Kon Stathopoulos, 0400 124 518 & Alastair Kivell, 0411 207 468, at McGrath Hawkesbury

 



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Toowoomba, QLD

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Townsville, QLD

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Dubbo, NSW

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Tamworth, NSW

Located in north-east NSW, Tamworth is known for its popular annual Country Music Festival. It’s also the largest retail centre for the New England and Northwest Slopes regions. The median house price is $490,000, up 14 percent in 2023. With a population of more than 65,000 people, the economy is strong with unemployment of just 2 percent and $112.4million worth of projects commencing this year.

Griffith, NSW

Located west of Sydney and northwest of Canberra, Griffith is known for its prime produce production and wine cultivation. The median house price is $531,000, up 2.1 percent in 2023. Griffith’s population is about 27,000 people. The city boasts high economic resilience with a 2 percent unemployment rate and $258.7 million in projects in the pipeline.

Ballarat, VIC

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Shepparton, VIC

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Wodonga, VIC

Wodonga is located on the border of NSW on the southern side of the Murray River. It is approximately 320km from Melbourne and 345km from Canberra. The median house price is $567,250, up 4.7 percent in 2023. With a population of about 44,000, the city’s jobless rate is 3 percent and there is $388.2 million in development set to commence in 2024, primarily new infrastructure.

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