Historic, 143-year old Picton home finds a new owner

A lucky buyer has snapped up a slice of Picton's history.

The old station master's house at 1 Station Street Picton was auctioned off last Saturday, (October 31) fetching $1.295 million for its previous owners.

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

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

He said the auction had generated a solid amount of interest from prospective buyers.

"A number of pre-auction contracts had been made available to prospective purchasers," he said.

"Ten people attended the auction and there were three registered bidders.

"The atmosphere was friendly and bidding commenced at $1 million with progressive increases to $1.295 million with the property sold under the hammer.

"Both the vendor and purchasers were happy with the result.

"Our office appreciated being the appointed agency for the sale, as it is a part of our local history".

Auctioneer Kevin O'Mara, real estate agent Barry Lutman and the two sellers.

Auctioneer Kevin O'Mara, real estate agent Barry Lutman and the two sellers.

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

Their son, Tom Baker, told the Advertiser last month that the home was being sold following their deaths.

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

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

"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."

Mr Lutman told the Advertiser last month that 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.

"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."

The new owners of the home did not want provide comment for this story.

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