Waverton’s biggest drawcard for people in the hunt for property is the ability to live so close to Sydney.
But that was not always the appeal for buyers, as the vendors of a Bay Rd Federation home now for sale have discovered
During the most recent renovation of “Compton Verney”, Peter and Judy Hicks found an old tobacco tin hidden at the bottom of a kitchen chimney.
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“There was the note from the original owner. He must have put it in the chimney while they were building the property. The note refers to his house in Phillip St, Sydney, where he lived for 18 years,” Mr Hicks said
The letter was dated Boxing Day 1911 and the address of the owner during construction of the Waverton house is believed to have been 151 Phillip St, now the Lindt Cafe Martin Place corner.
Mr Hicks said while it was a shock to find the letter, it was impressive that it had survived for more than 100 years.
The start of the letter reads: “I have come here to see the foundations of the cottage that is being built for us if it please God to spare me to keep a quiet life here when it is finished.”
Mr Hicks said the house was probably intended as somewhere for the man and his family to holiday or retire.
“The name of the home actually relates to a country estate in the United Kingdom,” he said.
“It would have been very hard to get to Waverton back then.
“He might have had to row across the Harbour to inspect the foundations on the day he wrote the note as there was no bridge.”
No. 77 Bay Rd has four bedrooms and two bathrooms and is on a 434 sqm block. The renovation during which the letter was discovered involved a second level being added.
The house is scheduled to go to auction next month with Belle Property Neutral Bay’s Tom Scarpignato. It has a $3 million price guide.
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