Out-to-town buyers secure slice of history in Geelong West

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1/72 Britannia St, Geelong West sold at auction on Saturday.

THE heritage character of one of Geelong West’s oldest cottages attracted buyers from far and wide on Saturday.

A Horsham investor snapped up the three-bedroom brick and weatherboard house at 1/72 Britannia St at auction.

Modern updates are blended with original character.

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Buxton, Geelong agent Dylan Taggert said the out-of-town buyers paid $434,000 for the house, which is considered of state heritage significance.

“They liked the great property and they liked the position,” Mr Taggert said.

“It was an old miner’s cottage and it’s really charming.”

He said with tenants already in place, it offered a ready-made investment close to Pakington St and Geelong Train Station.

The house dates back to the mid-1800s, an era when Geelong West was still known as Kildare.

The north-facing deck is a sunny spot to entertain.

A Heritage Council of Victoria listing for the property notes it is one of the few surviving houses that would have accommodated poorer residents during the suburb’s industrial heyday.

It was the long-time residence of two early Geelong West families, the Morrows and the Armstrongs.

The house has had modern updates over the years with an open-plan living area at the rear now opening onto a private deck.

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