Sydney’s first apartment block for sale

The NSW government is continuing its run of selling off public housing in the historic harbourside suburb of Millers Point, with the latest batch of now-empty houses and apartments being listed for sale.

Among them is what local historians believe is Sydney’s first walk-up apartment building.

With a price guide of $9 million to $9.5 million, it would be the second most expensive Millers Point sale, after a block of 12 apartments at 44-48 Merriman Street and 56-62 Bettington Street sold for $12,300,000 at the end of November 2016.

It was built in 1900 for the musician and publican John Michael Stevens as a high-class boarding house, on the site of the former “Live & Let Live Hotel”, according to the property’s heritage listing.

The director of Pidcock Architecture, Caroline Pidcock, is Steven’s great granddaughter, and her family lived in the area between 1819 – 1912.

“It was built as a replacement to the pub, as it had burned down”, she said. “They decided to replace this building with this – the first apartment for workers in Australia – and a terrace.”

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