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This Norman Park property was the very definition of a renovator’s delight

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first_img20 Wynnum Rd, Norman Park.After a couple of massive years of renovations and an almost total rebuild, it’s hard to understand why anyone would part with this Norman Park riverfront home.But for Sharon and John Russell, it’s the opportunity to seize the day and travel that is dragging them away.The couple bought the home at 20 Wynnum Rd, Norman Park more than four years ago.“Because we had a marine business it was perfect for us,’’ Mrs Russell said. “We just took one look at it originally and knew we could do a lot with it. We thought there were good bones.“It took us two years to work out exactly what we were going to do, so we finished our renovation a year ago.”Sharon and John Russell are selling their Norman Park home. Picture: Mark CallejaThe massive project took longer than expected when three extra slabs were found after digging through the top slab, and because the area was tight it had to be dug out with buckets and spades.“It was basically a total rebuild so that all that was left were some of the external walls, the roof was still there but otherwise we did everything,” she said.There were three bedrooms when the family bought the home, but now there are four, each with its own ensuite.An old bomb shelter was cleaned up and, after two weeks of peeling layers of paint off the bricks, it was converted into a 200-bottle cellar with a bar.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours ago20 Wynnum Rd, Norman Park.“The house is beautiful. We built it to stay there and never move,’’ Mrs Russell said. But a medical incident with a family member about a year ago made the couple rethink their plans.“It just made us think you never know,” she explained. “You really should do everything you want to do when you can.”“So we have decided we just want to travel.”Mrs Russell said their dream had been to live on the river, and she would miss it.“It is like a moving picture 24 hours a day,” she said. “We are perched on top of the river — a lot of our friends have got homes on the river, but we are over the top of the river.20 Wynnum Rd, Norman Park.“The kitchen is the kitchen I always dreamt of. It is beautiful, and has a 180-degree view of the river, and then we have got a boat house, which you can’t get any more. It was built, we think in the ’50s, so you can’t ever build again, and we made it somewhere really special.“We will often go and sit down there. It is on the jetty perched over the river.”The area has been the setting for many parties and family functions.20 Wynnum Rd, Norman Park.Inside, the living area has imported French oak flooring and high ceilings.The main bedroom has a large dressing room, an ensuite with a freestanding bathtub and access to the north-facing terrace.The home is listed through Debora Evans of Deborah Evans Properties Morningside.last_img read more