Grand Ballan home owned by the same family for 156 years listed for $1.4 million
A grand home in Ballan in need of a lot of work has hit the market in an exceptionally rare sale. Especially since the property has been owned by the same family for 156 years.
The Victorian era home at 140 Inglis Street, Ballan, has been listed with price expectations of $1.4 million.
The building was originally used as the post and telegraph office in the town, which was first settled during the gold rush in the 1850s, but later became a family home.
It has been owned by the Flack family since being built in 1864, with vendor Philip Flack saying he had many happy family memories there.
“My great, great, great-grandfather built it,” Mr Flack said. “It’s been in the family since then and was passed on to my great-grandfather, then my grandfather inherited it and then my father.
“I bought out my brothers so my wife and I could do something with it,” he said. “I’m the eldest so I was keen, because of the memories, to keep it in the family.”
With a lot of work to be done to fix up the home which has a heritage overlay, he made the difficult decision to sell.
Though it may not look like it, a lot of work has already been undertaken on the building, with wallpaper added in the 1930s and 1940s removed, and a bathroom and toilet added.
There is even a dishwasher that has been added into the kitchen, though it is hidden behind colonial style cupboards in keeping with the period.
The couple uncovered some history as they renovated, finding from graffiti on the walls from 1908 underneath some of the old wallpaper.
Mr Flack said his family had a long history in the town, with his family also owning a general store in Ballan and his great, great-grandfather, his great-grandfather serving on the local council.
Mr Flack also served as a councillor for the Moorabool Shire, which includes Ballan, 80 kilometres west of Melbourne.
The sale would be an emotional one given five generations of his family had owned the property, but he was hopeful another family would buy the home, to bring it back to its former glory.
“I feel confident whoever buys it will be able to bring it back.”
He was also hoping to hand over a plaque which could be added to the home, detailing some of its history.
Selling agent Property Sales Australia’s Robert Wiederstein said there would be opportunities for buyers to use the building as a home or a commercial property.
In fact, many of the locals were hoping someone would set up a restaurant in the town, which does not currently have one.
“The town is hoping a restauranteur will come and buy it,” Mr Wiederstein said.
Though the property was old, Mr Wiederstein said it was very solid and straight. Some parts had triple brick walls which have stayed intact since it was built, he said.
“There’s 2391 square metres of land with the property that is on two titles,” Mr Wiederstein said. “So, there’s an opportunity to develop.”
Ref: MELISSA HEAGNEY, SENIOR JOURNALIST (on 13 Nov 2020). Grand Ballan home owned by the same family for 156 years listed for $1.4 million. Retrieved from https://www.domain.com.au/news/grand-ballan-home-owned-by-the-same-family-for-156-years-listed-for-1-4-million-1003814/
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