Lathamstowe, at 44 Gellibrand Street, is fielding enormous buyer interest from both home and abroad and could potentially set a new sales record for the town, according to Fletchers Real Estate Agency Director James Gladman.
“We have had an excellent response to the early marketing, with loads of inquiries. We are seeing good interest coming from the Melbourne and Mornington markets as well as interstate and internationally.
“We are expecting that it will sell in the $6 million plus range, so we expect it will set a new record for the region.”
The stunning property, built in 1883, is arguably Queenscliff’s most significant heritage home, although planning approval has recently been given for a modern upgrade.
“It offers a variety of options. The current approved plans would turn this amazing building into undoubtedly one of the finest homes in Victoria, however it certainly lends itself to other uses and alternatives,” said Mr Gladman.
“Lathamstowe is one of, if not the most iconic residential properties throughout the region and even further afield. It offers all the character and charm of a bygone era, yet has absolutely unrivalled 360 degree views across Swan and Port Philip bays and beyond to Point Nepean, Arthurs seat and the Melbourne skyline. It is absolutely unique,” he said.
Carlton United Breweries magnate Edward Latham commissioned noted architect William Ellis to design the Italianate building, as a gift to the Anglican church.
It is included on the state register of significant buildings, with important heritage featuresincluding original Brooks, Robinson & Co stained glass windows, pressed metal ceilings, marble fireplaces and a cast iron spiral stairway to the peak of the 23-metre tower.
“Lathamstowe demonstrates the popularity of Queenscliff as a seaside resort in the nineteenth century and the popularity of the ltalianate style for large and prestigious buildings in the late part of that century, “ a Heritage Victoria Statement of Significance says.
The property will be auctioned privately at 3pm on January 31