Antique shop owners list ‘original home of Lilydale’

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Thought to be the oldest weatherboard home in Lilydale, 73 Castella St is for sale.

A heritage-listed Lilydale home, thought to be the oldest weatherboard property in the township, is unearthing history buffs after entering the property market.

The single-storey timber home at 73 Castella St, dubbed “Cashin’s House”, and accompanying stables date to the late 1870s, with its steeply pitched roof characteristic of the era.

The home has a price guide of $780,000-$850,000.

According to Yarra Ranges Council heritage documents, the property has significance for its association with coach driver Robert Fisher during a flourishing coach trade in the mid to late 19th century.

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An alfresco space with the stables in the background.

A traditional wood stove at the Lilydale home.

A much bigger landholding, that was a large portion of the Lilydale township at the time, containing the property was valued at £20 in 1879, when Mr Fisher first took possession.

Prominent local mill owner James Cashin — where the three-bedroom home takes its name from — later purchased the property.

“It’s the original home of Lilydale,” Stockdale & Leggo Lilydale director Max Manning said.

With heritage listing also extended to the stables, Mr Manning said horses that used to run coaches to the goldfields used to be housed at the property.

Fretwork features along the ceiling.

The home’s bathroom has been updated.

One of four open fireplaces in the home, which is being sold by antique shop owners.

The vendors owned an antique centre nearby, but were looking to downsize and retire, Mr Manning said.

“There are four open fireplaces and verandas on three sides — it’s in excellent condition too,” he said.

“It’s got antiques through the home, period furniture, timber-lined walls and ceilings.”

Another heritage-listed home in Lilydale, built in the 1920s, was also recently listed.

No. 6 Wilsons Lane has a price guide of $500,000-$550,000.

Built in the inter-war period, 6 Wilsons Lane showcases Lilydale’s transition into a suburb of Melbourne.

The home has a price guide of $500,000-$550,000.

Kauri pine floorboards, and fretwork on the 3m-high ceilings.

“It’s one of those interwar-era homes and it’s a two-bedroom home with Kauri pine flooring and 10ft (3m) ceilings — it’s beautifully presented with a little garden bed,” Mr Manning said.

After the electrification of the railway line in 1925, Lilydale started to transition into a commuter suburb.
Homes became increasingly similar to development in Melbourne’s suburbs, typically single-story with recessed frontage balanced by a projecting wing.

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