What we wouldn't give to hear Heritage-listed "Gilleston's" pioneering tales ... from its days as Balhannah's schoolhouse c1858, to the untold potential it now poses as an eclectic renovator's venture over 2 historical titles.
A move fit for the historian, musician, creative, recluse, nature buff, or family seeking to keep or divide its 910sqm and 2540sqm respective parcels.
They say it was built for 395 pounds, closed many times between 1876 and 1938, taught 71 students in 1870 and underwent renovations in 1915.
Today, the converted 4-bedroom home's structure is complex yet strikes gold for the modern family - the standouts are its sunlit Gothic-style windows, well-trodden timber floors, huge master and sitting rooms each with charming open fires, and that northerly-facing timber-clad sunroom gazing across the vast grounds and worth a kip in at this time of year.
The modest kitchen, also teeming with sunlight, hosts timber joinery, an electric cooktop, and a huge walk-in pantry; there's a vintage bathroom alongside, and a 2nd WC tucked against the laundry.
For the creatives it gives more. Think music room, a study with rear verandah access, and a 4th bedroom/studio under weathered exposed beams rising via open tread stairs to a loft/mezzanine - or quiet quill time, as it may have been way back when.
Yet not that long ago, musos gathered for impromptu recitals on the verandah - you can imagine the acoustics - ahead of grounds and garden beds besieged by birdlife, blooming wattles, climbing roses, camellias, gums, and pines that in days past saw squealing pupils find limbs to climb between lessons.
From the block's numerous outbuildings from wood and utility storage to a garage and dual carports; where you take the lot of it tomorrow is the simple and rustic beauty of it.
For those tempted by an ambitious restoration, consider the outcome - think Grand Designs in scale, but better, in historic Balhannah...
If school's out, then lifestyle is in.
This one is more than special:
c1858 Heritage-listed Balhannah schoolhouse
2 titles / Lot 186: 910sqm & Lot 93: 2540sqm
Endless floorplan flexibility
Scope to renovate/restore (STCC)
Master bedroom & sitting room with open fires
4 bedrooms + study
Versatile loft/mezzanine and attic space
Main street privacy on a corner allotment
Garaging, a wood store & various utility and storage
And so much more...
Adcock Real Estate - RLA66526
Andrew Adcock 0418 816 874
Jake Adcock 0432 988 464
Nikki Seppelt 0437 658 067
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