8 July 2017

Buy a piece of Cooma history for $529,000

| Ian Bushnell

Colonial builder James Mawson may not have struck gold when he joined the rush to the Cooma region in the 1800s but he did eventually make his fortune and leave a legacy of iconic homes in the town.

One of them, in historic Lambie Street, offers a blend of heritage charm and modern inclusions on a huge 2580 sq m block. On the market for $529,000, it is only a relatively short commute to Canberra, where the owners now live, and to the ski-fields of the Snowy Mountains.

Principal at One Agency Craig Schofield said quite a few Canberrans were taking advantage of the more affordable prices in Cooma and heading down the Monaro to the ACT for work.

He said Mawson built a lot of homes in Cooma and quite a few are in Lambie Street, which was Cooma’s original main street.

“There are a lot of Federation style homes and many have information plaques as part of the guided Lambie Town Walk,’’ he said.

The property was built about 1890 and is typical of its era with high ceilings, ornate cornice, a wide veranda wrapping the front of the home and a wide central hallway leading off to four large rooms.

Lounge room and bay window

A front bay window allows plenty of light into the lounge room.

Mr Schofield said the house next door, which sold for $540,000, was a twin and both are zoned historical, with their facades maintained.

An historic photograph of Cooma from the early 1900s mounted on a wall shows the two houses and the original pub on the corner.

No. 50 has been respectfully renovated with an updated bathroom, a family room added off the large kitchen, and the back area enclosed to provide a sun room and study.

Timber cupboards and benches add warm tones to the kitchen, which opens to the family/dining area, with access to the veranda and outlook to the expansive park-like backyard.


“It’s over half an acre of level land with a lot of trees and grassed areas, ’’ Mr Schofield said.

The backyard also boasts a lock-up garage and garden shed.

Evaporative cooling has been installed to counter the summer heat, while a combination of in-slab and gas heating keeps the house cosy in the winter.

If the ambience of an open fire is your want, the original stone fireplace has been retained.

Privacy is assured with the property backing on to Cooma Creek.

Hall way

Mr Schofield said properties such as these rarely came on the market and it was an opportunity to buy a piece of history.

“It’s immaculately presented, offers charm and character, spacious living and a comfortable lifestyle,’’ he said.

If you are interested in finding out more or booking an inspection then please phone Craig Schofield on 0414865922 or email him at craigschofield@oneagency.com.au

The property is located at 50 Lambie Street, Cooma, and you can click here for more details.

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