Family Ties: Historic Site Hits The Port Macquarie Market
Today they front one of Port Macquarie’s busiest intersections, but the Park Street homes next to Marina Foreshore Reserve are steeped in history dating back to the early 20th century and are inextricably linked to the McLaren family.
Rewind the clock to the early 20th century. Prominent local husband and wife Daniel and Lizzie McLaren owned five blocks on and around Park Street, with some fronting Waugh Street. In fact, the couple’s original home called “Alva” fronted Waugh Street and was built around 1900 at the top of the hill.
Daniel and Lizzie had 14 children, many who remained in the area. For the region’s first property moguls, the blocks were more about family than fortune. Daniel and Lizzie’s sister Belle, daughter May and family lived next door on Park Street and his niece Beulah and her family were next on Park Street and Alva Lane.
The properties were built up in time to reflect the growing family’s needs. On the corner of Park and Buller Streets, Daniel’s son Alex built the home which stands to this day, 16 Park Street, which he named “Aljean”after himself and wife Jean. It was completed in 1939. Son Barry and his brother Don grew up there and both boys still live in Port.
Three decades later in 1967, the double-storey house next door at 14 Park Street was built by the McLarens, and this is where Barry (77), his wife Valerie (73) and daughter Debra currently live today.
Now, in the original 1939 home on the corner, is Barry and Valerie’s daughter and son-in-law Lisa and Beau Johnston.
But times are changing and the two homes – 14 and 16 Park Street – that have been in the McLaren family for generations are about to begin a new chapter.
When Barry and Valerie downsize to a single-storey home in the near future it will be the furthest Barry has ever moved in his life, after being born in number 16 and living since 1967 in number 14.
“We’ve loved living here because the location is just so convenient to the shops, the water and the park, but the time has come for Barry and our family to move somewhere a bit smaller and on a single level. We simply don’t need as much space anymore,” Valerie says.
“It will be tough to say goodbye to a home that’s been in the family for so long, but we know the time is right. We’re definitely staying in Port,” she says.
Valerie and Barry’s daughter and son-in-law recently renovated the corner house but are looking to move too, with the plan to upgrade elsewhere to a larger home, ideally with a pool.
Chris Koch of Laing and Simmons Port Macquarie has just listed the two properties encompassing 14 and 16 Park Street for sale as a development site, with an asking price in the $1.25 million range. Also on the combined site is a separate structure known as the “Summer House”.
It represents a real value-add opportunity for investors and developers looking to secure one of the region’s most high-profile sites and apply their creative touch, Chris Koch says.
“If you live in Port Macquarie you know this intersection. Many of us pass through it everyday. In terms of profile, access and opportunity, it is without peer in the region,” Chris says.
“This equates to significant potential for investors looking at multiple income streams, to developers wanting to take advantage of a prime corner location within walking distance to the CBD, Marina Shopping Centre, Settlement City and the waterfront,” he says.
The prime corner block site has a total land area of 1,137 sqm and is zoned R4 High Density Residential, offering busy road frontage with ample space for on-site parking. It is located in a high traffic precinct across from the Marina Foreshore Reserve, Westport Park and connecting waterways.
14-16 Park Street is for sale exclusively through Laing+Simmons Port Macquarie – for details, contact Chris Koch 0427 831 100.