Former rural homestead a rare suburban offering on 1500sq m
AN original 1871 homestead on almost 1500sq m of land in Hamlyn Heights went begging at auction on Saturday.
‘Oakfield’, one of only three grand Victorian-era homes remaining in the area, is being offered for sale for only the third time in its history.
Originally built by the McCurdy family, the beautiful house at 334 Church St has been in the hands of its current owners for more than 40 years.
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It once formed the heart of a rural property for breeding draught horses and more recently has been a much-loved family home.
A decent crowd turned out to see if a buyer would emerge for the historic property and local landmark at Saturday’s auction.
Onlookers will have to wait a little longer to find out the next chapter with Buxton agent Jarrod Leonard passing it in on a $1 million vendor bid.
It’s now on the market for $1.05 million.
“It has such a rich history,” Mr Leonard said.
“It would have been one of the very original homes in the area looking all the way to the bay.”
The classic Italianate features of the three-bedroom house have been preserved over its lifetime, with a return veranda overlooking the expansive gardens.
Inside high ceilings, ceiling roses, fireplaces and lining boards are a nod to the past.
Mr Leonard said there was scope to update and add modern comforts like ducted heating and an ensuite bathroom.
“It could be spectacular,” he said.
He said there was also scope to subdivide the property, which has no heritage listing, but most of the interest has come from owner-occupiers.