PHOTO: ILLYA MCLELLAN/STUFF – From left are Hal Jones, Roslyn Bullas and Michael McKay. Jones was employed by the couple on the renovation job.

One of the first houses built in Greytown, Wellington has had its charm restored, thanks to two expat Californians with a nose for heritage.

Californian architect Michael McKay and his wife Roslyn Bullas said in restoring the 160-year-old villa, they have tried to pay tribute to the past while embracing the future.

They have spent about $700,000 on the restoration of the heritage listed house on Greytown’s Main St.