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An Endearing Green Cottage On The NSW South Coast Is For Sale

This sustainable green cottage in Austinmer, New South Wales was carefully handcrafted about four years ago.

Owner Vanessa Jones was determined to renovate and restore the original circa-1910s miner’s cottage, but when the council suggested it had to be knocked down, she worked with Morgan Dickson Architects instead to design a new building that reflected the feel, scale, and form, of the original house.

Take a look inside the eclectic and all-electric handcrafted home before it goes to auction!

Christina Karras

Andrew Costi

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The charming home at 32 Moore Street has just hit the market.

Recycled brick features in the home’s exterior walls.

The house is fully electric and features solar panels on the roof.

A timber deck is the perfect place to take in the lush views.

The kitchen is filled with warm and rustic charm.

The owner says she’s going to miss the beautiful views from every window.

Another light filled living room.

Christina Karras

Andrew Costi

6th of September 2023

The owner of this unique home in Austinmer — a village in Wollongong, New South Wales — fell in love with the corner block as soon as she saw it.

‘The first time I ever visited Austinmer I drove down Moore Street and thought “that’s the house I want to own”,’ Vanessa Jones says. She rented a place one street away until 32 Moore Street came up for sale 10 years ago, at which point she quickly snapped it up.

It featured an original miner’s cottage that was thought to be built around 1910, and Vanessa was ‘100 per cent committed’ to keeping the existing building in her renovations. But after more than 12 months of designing, planning, and discussions with the council heritage officer, they suggested the original cottage be knocked down.

‘Sadly, after all the time spent trying to resolve how to keep it, that seemed like the best option. Another year was spent designing the new buildings and trying to make them reflect the feel, scale, and form, of the original cottage as well as fitting in with the overall streetscape.’

During the planning process Vanessa worked with Morgan Dickson Architects to bring her vision to life. She chose to paint the exterior in an endearing sage-green colour, blending perfectly in with the garden’s lush native plants planted over the years. It was designed to be fully electric, supplemented by a 6-kilowatt solar panel system that also reduces energy costs.

Inside, Vanessa opted for recycled hardwood floorboards and custom-made joinery, to fill the home with rustic charm and character. The floorplan features three bedrooms, but one of those is located within a self-contained unit at the rear, which is also fully equipped with its own kitchen, bathroom and private courtyard.

‘Every square millimetre of this house has had care and attention spent on making it the best it can be,’ Vanessa says. ‘It can be opened right up so that you’re practically living outdoors and then, when necessary, turn into a beautiful cosy hide-away that’s warm and comforting.’

She’s adored living in the handcrafted home for the past four years and will especially miss watching the sunset from her deck, having made the bittersweet decision to move on from the house.

‘The location is paradise,’ Vanessa says. ‘We have both the beautiful escarpment and the ocean within 200 metres.’

32 Moore Street, Austinmer, NSW is for sale with McGrath Thirroul and will go to auction on Saturday September 23 at 1:30pm.

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