Cairns ‘castle’ on the market after 10 years as family-friendly wonderland

Written By Hayden Smith - Cairns Post.

WITH its European architecture and fruit tree-lined gardens, this “castle-like” Smithfield manor resembles something from a fairytale.

And for the first time in a decade, the unique home at 2 Mangosteen Cl is on the market, listed for offers above $680,000.

It has been owned and loved by former Cairns hostel proprietors Adrian and Patricia Hodgson for the past 10 years.

“It was the look of the property and its uniqueness which really drew us in,” Mr Hodgson said.

“It has a European look to it and very much is like something out of a fairytale.”

Built on a fruit orchard in the early ’90s, the home has long captured the attention of passers-by.

Its immaculate yard still features a range of fruit trees including avocado, mango, lychee and cherry.

“We do collect and use all the fruits, which come at different times of the year,” Mr Hodgson said.

Set on 1225sq m, the home also features a solar hot water system, pool, spa bath and marble bench tops.

Even after 10 years, the owner said he was still intrigued by the property’s catchy design.

It helped cultivate the imaginations of Mr and Mrs Hodgson’s now adult daughters Laura and Margaret.

“The girls have always loved it and they used to think it was like a ‘fairy castle’,” he said.

“Birthday parties were always a treat here. It has been a really happy home for us.”

Having now sold their business, the Red Key Hostel on McLeod St, Mr and Mrs Hodgson are looking at moving to Brisbane.

“We’re going to miss the home and our neighbours. It is the nicest house we have ever owned,” he said.

The median price of Smithfield houses is $415,000, according to CoreLogic, with the average time spent on market 63 days.

Selling agent Donna Waldman of Cairns Property Office expected 2 Mangosteen Cl to sell quickly.

“It will gain a lot of interest because it’s just so unique,” she said.

“It has been a fantastic family home and they have kept it in fine condition.”