On average residential real estate in Freshwater changes hands every 12 years.
But there is a cottage just come to market near the ocean that has been owned by one person for 78 years and she was 107 when she died.
The later Bonnie Walter was a much-loved nurse at Manly Hospital, a member of the hospital’s auxiliary until well into her 90s and she was playing the piano for ‘oldies’ in a retirement village in her late 90s.
The mother of six died earlier this year and her east-facing timber cottage with a 180 degree beach and ocean view is up for auction next month with a $3.3 million guide.
Agent Sandro Petrini, of Belle Property Manly, said it was one of the last original cottages in the area and the moment it launched he was overrun with inquiries.
“I have never marketed a property held so long by one person,’ he said.
“I have sold homes held by a family for 50 years but they passed through a couple of generations,” he said.
“This is a perfect blank canvas of 430sqm of land,” he said.
Son Don Walter said his late mother and father, Len, bought the 1920s cottage in 1941 and raised and extended to accommodate a growing family.
They did spend years in the country where Len worked on dams owned by the NSW government but they always returned to 21 The Drive, Freshwater near the oceanfront.
The old fisherman’s cottage is not large with two bedrooms, one bathroom and a carspace.
Len Walter passed away in 2003 and Bonnie continuned to live in the home, playing the piano at a nursing home until she was 106.
“Bonnie was well loved by the neighbours and well known at the South Curl Curl pool,” Mr Walter said.
She left behind 19 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren.