Crumbling Victorian-era Cottage Hits Market for $2.5 Million

The rundown remains of a heritage listed cottage in Redfern is on the market with a price guide of $2.5 million.

The property, known as Dascombe Cottage, is part of the original estate of William Redfern — the English surgeon transported to New South Wales as a convict in 1801 who became the suburb’s namesake.

Welcome to Dascombe Cottage, one of Redfern’s first properties. Photo: BresicWhitney

Welcome to Dascombe Cottage, one of Redfern’s first properties. 

The crumbling cottage sits on a 507 square metre block across two addresses at 46-48 Burnett Street. Peeling paint, exposed electrical wires and mould accompany the original period features in the two bedroom, one bathroom home.

The Victorian-era home is showing its age with tired interiors. Photo: BresicWhitney

The Victorian-era home is showing its age with tired interiors. 

The rare Georgian style house is heritage listed as one of the earliest working class residences built soon after the subdivision of Redfern Estate. According to the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, the building must be retained and conserved.

The heritage-listed house is part of the original estate of Redfern’s namesake, William Redfern. Photo: BresicWhitney

The heritage-listed house is part of the original estate of Redfern’s namesake, William Redfern.

In order to do major works, a Heritage Assessment and Heritage Impact Statement, or a Conservation Management Plan, should be prepared. However, the heritage listing states that the single-level house cannot be renovated to include a second storey and no alterations can be made to the facade of the building other than to reinstate original features.

The crumbling cottage dates back to the 1840s. Photo: BresicWhitney

The crumbling cottage dates back to the 1840s. 

Michael Kirk from selling agency BresicWhitney told news.com.au that he is “confident” about the sale and the price guide with plenty of interest from local builders and developers to restore the historical home and subdivide the vacant land next to it to build terrace houses.

The home neighbours vacant land on its 507 square metre block across two addresses. Photo: BresicWhitney

The home neighbours vacant land on its 507 square metre block across two addresses.

On its online listing, BresicWhitney claims the opportunity to do something unique this close to the CBD “may never come again”.

Mr Kirk also added it is a chance to own a piece of Australia’s history.

“It is one of the first properties in Redfern,” he told news.com.au.

Selling agency BresicWhitney says it is a rare opportunity for a builder or developer which ‘may never come again’. Photo: BresicWhitney

Selling agency BresicWhitney says it is a rare opportunity for a builder or developer which ‘may never come again’.

Article by: Julia Corderoy @ news.com.au
Photo Credit: BresicWhitney