• Thu. Aug 18th, 2022

‘Emotional’ moment as pioneer’s family shares historic property

ByRandall B. Phelps

Jun 27, 2022

One of the area’s most historic properties has been auctioned off after it opened to the market for the first time in over 130 years.

And while it was an emotional time for the family involved, there was a “beautiful story” behind the new owners and why they had to buy the lovely 2.95 hectare estate.

As the original site of the first house ever built in Flaxton, 465-483 Flaxton Drive was once the backcountry reception office.

Known as Flaxton Cottage, the property had been in the same family since the late 1880s when the property was purchased by one of Flaxton’s early pioneers, John Wyer.

Now an East Brisbane couple plan to retire to the house after falling in love with the scenic views while staying at an Airbnb next door.

The property sold under the hammer for $1.71million at the on-site auction and Property Today’s sales agent Jamie Hill said Sunny Coast News it was a fantastic result.

Mr Hill said there were six bidders registered that day, with a strong crowd of locals present to witness the momentous occasion.

“It was a very emotional situation for the family, who were the fourth generation to own the property,” he said.

“There is also a great story behind the new owners. The reason they looked at it is because they stayed at an Airbnb next door and loved the view.

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The house includes a large open plan living and dining room.

“They contacted me a week ago and said they wanted to come and see, and they bought it.

“They really loved the story and plan to retire there. They love the position, they love the views and it reminds them of when they were staying next door.”

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Mr Hill said RCS the property had attracted local interest from potential buyers as well as residents eager to learn more about the pioneering house.

The modern kitchen with panoramic view.

Knowing the auction would draw a crowd, he organized a morning coffee cart for Flaxton residents.

“We had a massive turnout and I ended up shouting 58 coffees, hot chocolates and tea to the locals who showed up.”

The house has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a bright kitchen and a spacious open-plan living and dining room, as well as stunning views from the countryside to the coast.

It even has its own natural spring and waterfall on site, which is the headwaters of Petrie Creek.

There are stunning views from the bedrooms.

The house has a spacious bathroom.

The property offers stunning views.

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