A heritage-listed estate with a library, rustic barn, and rolling green hills is providing buyers the opportunity to take a step back through time.
The five-bedroom and two-bathroom property at 1 Eire Way in Kellyville Ridge is believed to be one of the oldest homes in the area.
Period features are presented throughout the estate, with high decorative ceilings, working fireplaces, and many ornate details reminiscent of a Jane Austen novel.
The heritage-listed residence used to be part of a broader reserve named Merriville Farm, which was initially established for a farmer named Jonas Bradley.
Back in 1823, Bradley had 100 cattle and 800 sheep and received government grants at the time to help his son William Bradley found the city of Goulburn and commissioned the building of the malting works, flour mill, and tobacco kiln.
Bradley was independently important for his contribution to early agricultural practices in the settlement – it was the site of the first successful tobacco crop in the country and became a model for its cultivation elsewhere.
It is available to the market for the first time in 30 years and covers 8,245 sqm of land.
Buyers of the home have the option of redeveloping the property, restoring the home to its original state or subdividing the land.
Sotheby’s Double Bay agent Giorgio Koula said the home provided buyers with a once-in-a-life opportunity.
“I’ve sold heritage homes before, but nothing like this has come across my desk,” Mr Koula said.
“Its got a feeling of being in the country while also being a short commute away from the CBD.”
“The home needs to be restored and freshened up, a buyer who works from home could probably make the most of it.”
Over the decades, the Merriville property has passed hands through the Laycock family, the Pearce family, the Scharkie family and was purchased by the current owners in 1993.
Elements of Merriville’s heritage, such as the original farm carriage driveway and farm pump, are located outside the State Heritage Register and remain subject to recent subdivision.
Both the early nineteenth century kitchen and the mid-nineteenth century Merriville House are largely intact, although modified, and both are good examples of Colonial Georgian and Victorian Georgian architecture.
Location is a major selling point for the property, being only a 45 minute drive towards the Sydney CBD.
Kellyville Ridge has seen median property values grow by 24.8 per cent over the past year, with the median house price currently sitting at $1.51m.
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