July 16th 2009
Capricornia Cottage: Olympus Crescent heritage at its best
Anybody familiar with Magnetic Island will tell you that Olympus Crescent in Arcadia is one of, if not, the best addresses on the Island. This short street along the north west headland above lovely Alma Bay, leading towards the dramatic lookout down to Fish Cove, is where you will find Capricornia Cottage, a gorgeously restored heritage Queenslander cottage which has now come onto the market.
With its louvered walls and casement windows Capricornia Cottage (22 Olympus Cres) embodies so much that has always attracted people to Magnetic Island: the laid-back charm; a place where families can totally unwind, where the Island breeze never gets too chilly, where the waves can be heard on the beach below and people have time for a yarn.
The garden brims with tropical shapes and colour and the house has been thoroughly renovated (completed in May 2009) with great sympathy to the style of the original dwelling by John Dow from Colonial Restorations, a Queenslander home specialist.
The block is a very easy to maintain 359 square metres with either paved or fully planted gardens.
Number 22 was one of the first houses in the street and was built by the well-known Carey family. Members of the Carey family, now grown up, have admired the renovations and tell of climbing the surrounding hills as children and having koalas in the backyard as regular visitors.
While a sense of history and tropical style is maintained, the best of modern facilities are built in. Two renovated bathrooms service both master and guest bedrooms and, although a split system reverse cycle air conditioning is installed throughout the house, it has never been turned on as ceiling fans and cool breezes keep the house cool during the summer months. The kitchen is completely new and, as Capricornia Cottage has been rewired and new copper plumbing installed, everything is ready for you to move in today.
Great efforts were made in the renovation to preserve the character of the building. The original louvres and doors were stored to be used in the reconstructed back section of the house. The floor boards were sanded individually to retain the “bumps” and variances of the old building. The internal walls, removed during renovation to open the building up, had been lined with corrugated iron. New mini corrugated iron was used to retain the feel of the cottage.
The present owners spend most of their time living outdoors under the covered porch in summer and in the back courtyard. The front garden is a wonderful sun trap in winter with the last of the rays not disappearing until late in the afternoon.
Olympus Crescent, being a no-through road, means visitors to Capricornia Cottage are amazed at the silence. – the only noise on dusk being the Currawongs and, in the evenings, the Curlews. Rock wallabies are regular visitors to the front garden.
Join the neighbours who make the 5 minute walk to Alma Bay for an early morning swim.
For more information about Capricornia Cottage contact the owner for a private sale by phone: 0418776280 or 0438124197 or email (CLICK HERE).
The asking price is $550,000.
Inspections are available with 24 hours notice.
Following are photos of Capricornia Cottage.