AU Norwood's historic blue house goes on the market
Property Here - Friday, May 17, 2013
Chris and Beauraine Wilkes out the front of their blue Norwood house, with daughter Gretel and grand-daughter Breeah, 7 months Source: News Limited
A TRIP to the Mediterranean was the inspiration behind the colour scheme of one of Norwood’s most eye-catching houses.
Affectionately known as the “blue house” by locals, the two-storey character home on George St was painted as a tribute to the Greek flag.
Owner Beauraine Wilkes says it’s like having a slice of Santorini on The Parade.
“I travelled to the Mediterranean in the late 1980s and loved it,” Ms Wilkes, 51, says. “I loved the Greek colours — white and blue — so that was my inspiration.
“But we’re not Greek at all.”
Ms Wilkes says the Mediterranean feel of the home extends beyond the paint job.
“The house has big arches and a Spanish influence throughout,” she says.
“We’ve got a spiral staircase, exposed beams, Spanish titling and working fireplaces. It’s really a beautiful home.”
After 13 years, Ms Wilkes and husband Chris have decided to put their five-bedroom home on the market.
“Our children have grown up and moved out so it’s getting a bit big for us,” Ms Wilkes says.
“We hope another family will buy it and create as many happy memories here as we have.”
Despite its landmark status, Ms Wilkes says she will not be disappointed if the new owners choose a “more conventional” colour scheme.
“I think we all need to put our mark on our homes and it’s the love inside them that really counts anyway.”
The house is expected to fetch more than $1.2 million when it is put up forat auction next month.
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