A Canberra couple has snapped up two prominent Port Macquarie homes steeped in McLaren family history.
The sale signals a new chapter ahead for the properties at 14 and 16 Park Street which had been in the McLaren family for generations.
A home and a multi-purpose area, known as the summer house, sit on one property, while another home is located next door.
Turn back the clock to the early 1900s and Daniel and Lizzy McLaren, who had 14 children, owned all the land from Waugh Street to Buller Street.
The old family home, known as Alva, graced the corner of Park and Waugh streets, and a vegetable garden sprawled from Alva Lane to the intersection of Buller and Park streets.
The banana trees remain from the old days.
Daniel's son Alex, a builder, constructed a home in 1939, named Aljean after himself and wife Jean, on the corner of Park and Buller streets.
Their sons Barry and Don grew up there.
A nearby shed, now the summer house, was originally built as a workshop and to store timber.
Alex's son Barry, in turn, built a three-bedroom house at 14 Park Street in 1967 where Barry and his wife Valerie went on to raise their daughters Lisa and Debra.
Lisa and her husband Beau live in the original 1939 home on corner of Park and Buller streets.
Valerie, Barry and Debra still live next door.
Barry remembers playing marbles as a youngster on Buller Street, hitting golf balls on Westport Park and the days when half a cricket pitch was located on the southern side of Alva Lane.
The Park Street homes are at the centre of happy family memories.
"It has been fantastic living here," Barry said.
Valerie agrees: "It has been really good as far as family goes because we are all together and we are a really close family."
Now Barry and Valerie say it is time for a single-storey home with less maintenance but the move won't separate the close-knit family.
Barry and Valerie are building a home at Sovereign Hills for themselves and Debra, and Lisa and Beau will build a home with a pool on a block only 200 metres away.
There is a new chapter ahead for the duo of Park Street properties.
Canberra couple Corinne and Damien Burleigh bought the properties in preparation for a seachange.
The family will live in one house and rent out the other.
Mrs Burleigh, who grew up in Port Macquarie, said the move was for lifestyle and family reasons.
They saw the two properties and the rest is history.
"We wanted to be the next family to take it over," Mrs Burleigh said.
"I can't wait to be living the dream."
Laing+Simmons Port Macquarie principal and licensee Chris Koch said there was interest in the Park Street properties from all over the place including Sydneysiders looking to develop the site.
There were multiple potential buyers.
The vendors liked the offer from the Burleighs as they plan to retain the homes.
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