A piece of Newlyn history hits the market
A piece of local history has hit the market in Newlyn North, 124km northwest of Melbourne between Ballarat and Daylesford.
The former Newlyn Antiques and Cottage Garden Nursery at 2851 and 2855 Midland Highway will go under the hammer on May 25.
The antiques business, one of the last in the region, operated from the properties for more than 20 years.
They include an 1860s butcher’s shop and house at 2851 Midland Highway and the old Mechanics Institute hall and library next door at 2855 Midland Highway.
The shop and residence is priced at $430,000-$475,000, while the hall comes with a $500,000-$550,000 price tag.
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Biggin & Scott’s Michael DeVincentis said it was a unique opportunity to own historically significant properties set side-by-side in a highly sought-after position.
The listings were attracting strong interest from buyers across Victoria and interstate, including an internationally renowned Australian artist.
“Some are keen on turning the buildings into restaurants, function centres or exhibition spaces,” Mr DeVincentis said.
“There are artists looking at converting the hall into a gallery.”
The property could also be used as a cafe, permanent home or weekender.
The owners, Faye and John Hungerford, ran their business in the historical buildings for more than two decades.
“They are well known in the area and are now retiring in the township,” Mr DeVincentis said.
Built by a Cornish miner in 1860 on a large 2666sq m site, the original four-room cottage at 2851 Midland Highway was extended around 1903 to include a weatherboard butcher shop that operated until the early 1980s.
Some years later, a larger house from Ballarat was moved to the site and added on to the cottage and shop to create a single dwelling.
Updated over the years, the house and shop still display original period features, including wide timber floorboards and high ceilings.
The hall next door was built in 1866 on a 2461sq m block and was opened in 1886. It features a decorative timber mansard ceiling and gothic-style windows.
It was extended from 1924 to 1930 to include a large room for concerts and dancing, a porch and smoking room.
Both properties come with sheds, town water and electricity.
They are located 18km from Daylesford and 26km from Ballarat.
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