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First published 28 Dec 2022, 4:08pm
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FORMER Wallabies captain Ben Mowen is preparing to say goodbye to Brisbane, with his Camp Hill Queenslander now on the market.
Mowen and his wife Lauren purchased the two-storey home back in 2015, but with opportunities now beckoning in southern New South Wales, the couple is selling the family home and preparing to move to Gundaroo, just outside of Canberra.
The double-block Queenslander at 8 Henderson Street dates back to 1917 and has been owned by only four families in its 105-year history.
“We’ve inherited lots of photos from previous owners including the original deeds and pictures of each renovation that’s happened along the way,” Mr Mowen said.
“It’s quite the dossier and shows this is just one of those houses that people get a feel for and fall in love with.”
For the Mowens that love was instant, with the couple drawn to the home’s family-friendly layout, large block, and street appeal after a two-year search for just the right property.
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At the time, the couple and their three children were living in France where Mowen was enjoying a successful international Rugby Union career, while his wife had started a thriving cafe on the iconic Boulevard des Pyrénées.
“We wanted something in Camp Hill, but we weren’t looking for a massive renovation project,” Mowen explained.
The five-bedroom property with its white picket fence, spacious back deck and pool fit the bill perfectly.
The family returned to Australia and moved into the home in 2019, just before Covid-19 closed international borders.
In their years living there, they’ve made further improvements, including transforming a bedroom into a library and office space.
Although he couldn’t yet reveal the details, Mowen explained business opportunities in southern New South Wales meant the family was seeking a rural property outside of Canberra.