SOUTHERN LIVING, Opportunity to own historic home

Albany Advertiser
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198 Grey Street, West Albany

Price Buyers above $1.5m

Agent Mason Realty

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An historically significant c1880s Federation home in the Queen Anne style, also known locally as the White House, this outstanding Albany property should be of immediate interest to both lovers of history and those with an eye to the future.

Sitting on more than ¾ of an acre (3258sqm) of elevated land on two titles in central Albany, the property enjoys panoramic views of Princess Royal Harbour and the town centre. The home itself represents the standing and ambitions of its original owners, the McKenzie family who were shipping magnates of the time.

It is an imposing two-storey home of stone, brick and iron with exceptionally ornate features including incredible stained-glass windows and doors, wide timber floor boards, large skirtings and architraves, an incredible timber staircase and detailed cornices, arches and ceiling roses. There are fireplaces in most rooms, a cellar, and even the original servant bells. Original verandas and balconies feature both front and back.

This is a heritage property that is classed Category A on the City of Albany Municipal Heritage Inventory but is not listed on the State Statutory Heritage Register.

The structure appears very solid and any renovations are bound to be rewarded. There is development opportunity because of the zoning and the fact that the second title of 1300sqm has no encroachment from the home itself. The property would also be ideal for tourist accommodation such as a luxury B&B or small hotel, providing holding income.

This is an opportunity to own one of Albany’s most important historic homes. This is a legacy purchase that will ideally become a treasured family asset for generations to come.

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