11 Chinchen Street IslingtonThe magnificent dual-level, free-standing house has belonged to Sonya and Graham Philip for the past 19 years and was restored before that by two previous couples in the 1980s.
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But Mrs Philip has traced the history of No.11 way back to 1892, when retired miner Mr Howley and his wife bought the land and built the terrace.

What makes it a special find today – and what attracted Sonya and Graham in the first place – is that the original features remain.

“We love heritage properties and it would appeal to someone who wants a heritage building because the terrace is totally intact. It has the original cedar windows, doors, stairs and ceilings and the kitchen even has a recycled cedar benchtop.

“The bathroom and laundry were added in the 1940s, and we did an extension about five years ago with lovely stained glass.

“It is just a beautiful, solid home with a lovely feel. It is the longest we have ever stayed in a property, and I love the convenience and the fact that I can walk everywhere,” Sonya said.

Offering three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a 257-square-metre block footsteps from the delights of Beaumont Street, other features include a north rear block and off-street parking.

The original detail includes three working fireplaces, rich timber floors, a sweeping Australian cedar staircase, soaring ceilings, elaborate hallway arches and an upper-level lacework verandah.

The hallway runs past two elegant rooms interchangeably used as a formal lounge and dining.

From here, the floorplan flows to the kitchen and casual meals area, family bathroom with original clawfoot bath and laundry. Upstairs, there are three generous bedrooms, including the private master retreat.

An opportunity to buy the block next door also exists and more information is available through PRDnationwide agent Cveta Kolarovski. Inspections are by appointment.

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