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December 8, 2017

A MOSMAN home which had a front-row seat to Japan’s WWII bombing of Sydney Harbour is on the market for the first time since it was built in 1923.

Owner Diana Stockley was living at her 8 Cobbittee Street home when a light fitting in the bedroom fell from the ceiling due to explosions from Japanese submarines in 1942.

Ms Stockley’s daughter, Fiona Hodgson, recalls scrounging around in the basement years later and finding the light fitting.

“When the mini Japanese submarine blew up a supply ship there were explosions going on as a consequence and the light fell down onto the bed. It didn’t break but was never put up again … until I found it,” Ms Hodgson said.

Ms Stockley inherited the property from her parents Colin and Molly Stockley. They originally bought the block in 1922 and one year later, the two bedroom home was built.

Now at 88, Ms Stockley is saying goodbye to the place where she grew up and raised her own family.

The home, which takes in views of Balmoral Beach, is on the market with a guide of $3.3 million to $3.5 million.

“She [Ms Stockley] is very sad, she loves it, but it’s not really suitable for someone who is 88,” said Ms Hodgson.

Ms Hodgson cherishes the home and its charm, having spent countless summers down at the beach or playing in the garden.

“My grandparents kept the garden beautifully and they had roses, strawberries and plums … all sorts of fruit trees,” she said.

Ms Hodgson has fond memories of her family taking in the uninterrupted views.

“You can see the brides on the weekend,” she said. “My grandfather used to have a day bed and he would watch people play on the oval down below. Now there are trees everywhere and you can’t see the oval at all.”

Ms Hodgson said she has seen Mosman change immensely over time.

“When I came the army were up at George’s Heights, now it’s artists with art studios and there is even a dermatologist up there,” she said.

On a 631 sqm block and spanning a single level, the property includes separate living and dining rooms, a casual living area and a separate kitchen. There is a single lockup garage, a workshop or storage space and an external toilet.

It is being marketed with the potential to be renovated, subject to council approval, or to be occupied straight away. The property is listed with McGrath Mosman’s Jacqui Rowland-Smith and Anthony Zakos and goes to auction on December 16.

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