Historic Rathgar up for auction
A HOUSE with links to the formative years of South Grafton is due to go under the hammer on Saturday.
Rathgar House, which was built by the McKittrick family in the late 1890s, has been a landmark at 44 Schwinghammer St, also known as the Pacific Highway, ever since.
Most recently it has been a half-way house, but over time it has served as a family estate and orphanage.
A spokesman for agents Bailey and Gough Real Estate, Rod Ford, said interest in the home has come from far and wide since it was announced.
"We've had people fly in from Sydney and Adelaide to have a look at the property," he said.
Mr Ford said people had been interested in developing the property as an up-market bed-and-breakfast, a boutique hotel and a family residence.
He said while the "bones" of the building were in good shape, cosmetically there's plenty for a new owner to do.
"It would need an extreme makeover to get it back to the style it once had," Mr Ford said.
"But there is plenty there for a new buyer to work with."
The agents believe the building could fetch any- thing up to $300,000.
"The high $200,000s to over $300,000 is what we feel it's likely to go to, but it's hard to judge with a property that has sort of appeal," Mr Ford said.
"If you get the right bidders there, you never know what can happen."
He said the auction sparks a busy time for historic houses in Grafton.
"We have houses with links to two founding families in Grafton and South Grafton changing hands," he said. "Rathgar House was built by the McKittrick family and we have a house built by the See family in Grafton."