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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