Family set to sell much-loved Mona Vale home after 50 years

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PACKING up the bodily reminiscences gathered throughout half a century in the identical home is not any imply feat.

However throw in eight daughters and a fiercely unbiased matriarch and also you instantly want quite a lot of bins and skip bins — 11 of the latter to be precise.


However that’s precisely what Gwen Henry and her daughters Sharyn, Denise, Corinne, Alaine, Lauren, Marcelle, Jeanine and Racquel in an undated picture have carried out.

She has moved to the Central Coast to dwell with Lauren. With no plans to return to the 12 Bassett St property she has spent round two- thirds of her 86 years residing in, she is able to promote.

“I by no means actually needed to depart it, due to the entire reminiscences,” she mentioned. “But it surely was time.”

Mrs Henry has 17 grandchildren and 15 nice grandchildren.

She was fortunately married to her teenage sweetheart Alan George Henry till he handed away about 17 years in the past.

“He was a very good man, at all times working onerous to handle the household,” she mentioned. “I labored, too, we had an enormous household.”



That’s one thing of an understatement, though Mrs Henry nonetheless discovered time to volunteer with the Purple Cross Store in Avalon for some 15 years. She is a lifetime member.

She remembers when she and her husband purchased their residence in Bassett St.

“The view was lovely and nonetheless is,” she mentioned. “My home has bought a view that can by no means be constructed out — and each a part of the home has a view of the ocean.”

The five-bedroom home was a contented residence for the Henry household, she mentioned.

“After we purchased it we simply added and added and added to it,” Mrs Henry mentioned. “It was good for us.”

The sale of the home provides a uncommon alternative to purchase into a major location and both renovate the present home or rebuild. The present structure is open plan, designed to profit from the gorgeous views.

There are quite a few outside decks and terraces and a number of residing areas to permit loads of house for everybody within the household.

Simply ask the Henry household — it has been tried and examined.

Different options embrace a granny flat with kitchenette; inside laundry with direct entry to the yard; massive, under-house storage and workshop; leafy yard good for youngsters and pets and a double storage with further storage.

“I hope the following household may be very joyful there,” Mrs Henry mentioned.

The property goes to public sale with Simon Rawsonm, of Wiseberry Mona Vale, on September eight, at three.30pm, with a value information of $three,500,000.

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