TWO generations of Australian sports stars have called this unassuming property home and now it’s now hit the market in Brisbane.
Jenny Irvine purchased the four-bedroom brick home at 41 Orient Rd, Yeronga, 41 years ago for $32,000 and moved in with her then 12-year-old daughter, Elizabeth.
Ms Irving had previously represented Australia for squash and went as high as being the world number two in the sport — an amazing achievement.
Then her daughter followed in her mother’s footsteps and unbelievably reached the same ranking for squash. She’s since spent the past 20 years coaching some of the world’s best squash talent.
Ms Irvine said she would be sad to say goodbye to her home of more than four decades but the time was right to move on to a retirement village.
“When I bought (the home) I knew I wanted to be in the area,” she said.
“As soon as the gent showing me this place brought me here, I said this is for me.
“I’ve been happy ever since.”
Ms Irvin said one of the first things she did once the home was hers was to put in a swimming pool, which proved a hit with Elizabeth and her school friends from Yeronga High School.
The former squash champion also added a bar room next to the pool and built in the garage to create a dining room.
“My fondest memories are of entertaining here. Mainly because of the pool area and bar room at the back we’ve been able to entertaining a lot,” she said.
More recently Ms Irvine has updated the kitchen, bathroom and carpets.
“(The home) has the most beautiful floorboards you could imagine, lovely polished timber floors,” she said.
Built in the late 1960s, the well-maintained property includes four good-sized bedrooms, a family bathroom, a laundry with second toilet and a spacious living room.
“To me it’s an ideal home for a couple with say two children,” Ms Irvine said.
“It is a very large house and it would be a lovely family home.
“I think Liz was probably one of the only children on the street when we first moved here.
“But a lot of people who were here when I bought have become older and moved on and now there are a few more young families around.”
The property at 41 Orient Rd, Yeronga is being marketed by Darren Cosgrove of Place Woolloongabba for offers in the $700,000s.