The land “Helyhurst” stands on was part of a large land grant given to Frederick Hely, a principal supervisor of the convicts in New South Wales who held many positions of public importance in his lifetime. Hely was also granted sizeable land holdings, around 4,000 acres, on the Central Coast at Narara, Brisbane Waters and Wyoming where he developed citrus fruit orchards.
The residence, circa 1880, stands on 4060sqm of land and is located at the end of Regent Street designed by the leading architect of the day – JW Pender for the owners Frederick and Emily Beckett. There have only been three owners in the home’s lifetime. The Becketts had no children and Frederick owned a tannery business at nearby Telarah. “Helyhurst”, has a picture perfect street presence with front garden beds of white standard iceberg roses. The exterior today still has the perfect tuck pointed brickwork and this impressive period residence displays all the original features of the era with a front and side verandah and wide entrance hallway.
For years the owner Peter passed by the property admiring the house with four chimney pots telling his wife Lynne when back in their Sydney home “I passed that house again.” He looked for such a long time on and off for a house similar as he had fallen in love with the style of the property. One day he discovered by chance it was on the market and the deal was done after a lot of convincing by Peter to make Lynne leave Sydney.