68 Spring Street, West EndMr Koolik said they’ve moved on from inner-city farming with the back yard becoming a place to while away the time while their two daughters enjoyed some space to play.He said the family always took the chance to utilise the home’s inviting outdoors, whether it was meals on the back deck or mornings on the front porch.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours ago“The kids, especially when they were a bit younger, enjoyed playing out there in the morning sun as well,” he said. 68 Spring Street, West End“When it all gets a bit much we just head down to GOMA (Gallery of Modern Art) – the kids love the kids section down there – or the dinosaurs down the road there next to the museum.”Mr Koolik said opportunities interstate meant the family were leaving Queensland, but it won’t be an easy goodbye.“Leaving behind the schools and the friends and the proximity and all of that is always difficult, but there’s different opportunities where were going as well.”“It’s kind of with heavy hearts we move out of West End. I don’t think you can replace it.”The home will be auctioned on site at 1.30pm Saturday August 12, by McGrath New Farm. Rebecca and Nigel Koolik and their children, Sia (6) and Rowena (4)at the house they’re auctioning this weekend. Picture: Peter WallisWhen Nigel Koolik and wife, Rebecca, bought 68 Spring St, West End in 2009, schools, community and easy access to the city were the motivators.Fast forward eight years to auction day and the couple will probably discover it was also a savvy investment.The classic three-bedroom, one-bathroom 1920s Queenslander cottage is not only well presented and in an enviable position, it’s on a 721sq m site – regarded by some as ‘West End acreage.’“I think in the last financial year there were four houses sold with bigger blocks than ours, so they certainly don’t come up too often,” Mr Koolik said.“We had a bunch of chooks in the back and veges, and a bunch of fruit trees down the side,” he said. 68 Spring Street, West EndMr Koolik said they’d renovated too, opening up the living space near the kitchen and lounge.“We’ve put the built ins in. With most Queenslanders the hardest part is storage, so the floor-to-ceiling cupboards suck up a lot of volume of the rubbish you collect over the years with the kids.”And when not indoors, Mr Koolik said the family loved discovering their surroundings such as riverside parks and the markets.