Heritage-listed home to undergo ‘major’ renovation after sale

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The new owners of this charming property have grand plans.

An original western Sydney cottage, believed to be built around 1880, has been given a second chance.

While the exterior of this North Parramatta home exudes character and charm, its interiors are visibly falling apart.

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And this is what deterred all but one of the groups who walked through the property’s front door when it was listed for sale earlier this year.

According to McGrath Parramatta agent Sandra Aquilina, the home is heritage-listed, meaning the facade must remain unchanged — one of the many challenges potential buyers were presented with.

A look inside the original North Parramatta cottage.

“It was quite a unique property on the market because it wasn’t the type of home that needed a cosmetic renovation — it required someone who would put in a development application (with Parramatta Council) and completely expand on it,” Ms Aquilina said.

“It has been bought by a professional couple living in the heart of Sydney who were looking for a house in the Parramatta area … this will be a major project for them,” she said.

The property needs plenty of work.

Excited by their plans for the 360sqm block at 70 Sorrell St, the pair has just snapped up the existing three-bedder for $840,000 — a bargain buy when compared to the area’s $1.1 million median house price.

CoreLogic data shows they also bought into a tightly-held suburb, which saw less than 50 sales in the 12 months to March.

High ornate ceilings meet damaged walls.

Records held by the NSW Government reveal the old property adds to the streetscape and is “of significance for Parramatta for historical and aesthetic reasons, and as a relatively rare example of Victorian stone cottages in the area.”

Despite featuring original timber floors, fireplaces and high ornate ceilings, the home has crumbling wallpaper and a basic kitchen.

The buyers plan to keep the facade and extend towards the back of the 360sqm site.

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According to the agent, the new owners are eager to get started on its transformation and later move in.

“It is very rare to have a property come up for sale along that strip, so I am looking forward to seeing the final result,” she said.

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