When the hammer falls at the auction of this Leederville property in a few weeks' time, it will be the final chapter of almost nine decades of precious memories for 96-year-old Edward "Ted" Ryan.

The Loftus Street residence has been Mr Ryan's home since he was eight when his parents bought the newly built abode for �1300 in 1926.

Mr Ryan, who celebrated his 96th birthday at a Salter Point aged care home this week, took ownership of the two-bedroom, one-bathroom home after the death of his father in 1951.

He recalled fond memories of raising his three children at his childhood home with his wife of 40 years, Irene, who passed away in 1987.

"There have been that many (best memories) I can't remember," he said, smiling.

Daughter Lois spoke of summer nights sitting on the front porch, while Mr Ryan reminisced about playing cricket near the swamp across the road as a young boy and his sadness when it was filled in to make way for tennis courts.

Mr Ryan talked of the type of buyer he would like to purchase his home.

"Someone who will look after it, " he said.

The West Australian

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