The home has high ceilings and polished timber floors and is fully air-conditioned, although Mrs Purse said the layout of the home allowed excellent cross ventilation which kept the home cool.It has undergone extensive renovations, been rewired, re-plumbed, re-glazed, and has a new roof.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020 OLD world charm and character were what drew Carey and Justin Purse to their home in Victoria Street, North Ward when they first saw it in late 2008.The couple were really taken by the charm of the 1930s Bushman’s Retreat and have loved it ever since but plans to downsize mean they are now offering it for sale. What a view!!!!The five-bedroom, three-bathroom, house has plenty of views on offer including the ocean, island, Castle Hill and the city.Mrs Purse said she thought they were in the perfect location and felt like Castle Hill and The Strand were part of her own backyard. There are multiple indoor and outdoor living spaces across the two-level home, which has a self-contained studio apartment on the lower level.This apartment has its own kitchen and there is a laundry and substantial storage areas on the lower level, as well as parking for two cars. On the upper level of the house is an open plan dining and lounge room, as well as a family room, which opens onto a deck and the kitchen which has granite benchtops and European appliances. The upper and lower back decks overlook the swimming pool and irrigated landscape gardens.“I just loved the natural light throughout the house when I first saw it,” Mrs Purse said.“My favourite part of the house would be the back deck of the house where we eat breakfast all the time. That is where we spend so much of our time.”Bi-fold doors on the upper level opened the living area out onto the deck, allowing breezes to move throughout the home.Mrs Purse said she would also miss the location, being able to just head out in her walking shoes for the day to go exploring around the area, whether it was walking up Castle Hill, along The Strand, or visiting a local coffee shop.While they are keen to downsize, Mrs Purse said she would really miss the house, which had suited their needs so well.