Historic, 143-year old Picton home to be auctioned off

Soon a lucky buyer will have the chance to own a slice of Picton's history.

The old station master's house at 1 Station Street Picton will be auctioned off on Saturday, October 31.

The state heritage listed home was built in 1877 as a part of Picton's historic rail precinct.

For the past four decades it was owned by passionate locals, the late Don and Nolene Baker.

Their son, Tom Baker, said the home was being sold following their deaths.

"I was 21 years old when they purchased the house and it became the place where we had a lot of our large family gatherings," he said.

"They bought it because history was sort of being ignored at the time and they wanted to preserve the house's history.

"It's an absolutely beautiful house with some amazing gardens."

Mr Baker said the old home, like any heritage property, needed a little work.

"My parents had a heritage architect help them to restore the verandah," he said.

"It does need a bit of work after more than 40 years, but they don't make houses like this anymore.

"The walls are four bricks thick, there are sandstone window and door sills - it has been maintained and protected as a heritage home."

The property has a large north-facing verandah. Picture: Ray White Picton

The property has a large north-facing verandah. Picture: Ray White Picton

Mr Baker said he had a lot of fond memories of the station master's house.

"The property grows great citrus trees and every guest would be given a big glass of fresh orange juice," he said.

"I think the grandkids will miss the house more than us kids because of all their memories of going there for special occasions."

Ray White Picton real estate agent Barry Lutman is responsible for the sale of the house.

He said the property was a rare find.

"I've been an agent out here for more than 40 years and these kinds of properties rarely come up," Mr Lutman said.

"It's a big block, it's double-bricked and it is in good condition for a home that's almost 150 years old."

Mr Lutman said although the house had only been on the market for three days, early interest had been good.

"I'm impressed with the amount of inquiries we have had this early on - we already have some private viewings booked," he said.

"For obvious reasons we won't be holding an open house - because I think a lot of people would want to come and look at the house so we are just doing private bookings.

"I'd say it's been about a 50/50 split between people looking at it for residential purposes and those who might want to do a bit more with it."

However he said naming a price at this point would be difficult to do.

"There is no direct comparison for this house," he said.

"I think we'll be seeing how it goes at auction and deferring to the vendor.

"I think this kind of property has a particular appeal for those who can appreciate its old world charm."

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