Another slice of Hobsonville Point heritage has been preserved, with four original Officer’s houses moved from Marine Parade to a new location on Cochrane Road.
The four homes, which date back to the 1930s, now form part of the Sunderland Precinct which is being developed by Willis Bond & Co. Boasting beautiful wooden floors, terracotta roof tiles, gable ends and other original features, the relocated houses bring the total number of heritage homes in Sunderland to 15.
Willis Bond Project Director, Wayne Silver, says the four new additions play an important role in the streetscape of Cochrane Road and the precinct’s overall design.
“The 15 heritage homes are a really important part of the Hobsonville Point story,” he says. “Sunderland Ave is a whole street of preserved history, harking back to the heritage of the area, while Cochrane Road provides a transition to what Hobsonville Point is now. On one side of the road we’re currently building four new free-standing houses alongside which sit the four relocated heritage houses. Cochrane Road really is where the old meets the new.”
Willis Bond intends to renovate the exterior of the heritage houses and complete landscaping work before selling them as renovation opportunities, a rare offering in a development that is largely being built from scratch. Ranging in size from 118m2 to 129m2, all of the homes have three bedrooms and one bathroom, and are on lots of between 423m2 and 570m2.
“We’ve a had a number of people contact us over the years looking for the opportunity to renovate one of our Sunderland Ave homes,” says Wayne. “This was not possible but instead Willis Bond has decided to present to the public these four homes in Cochrane Road as available for renovation.”