TWO of Albury’s most historic homes, Boldrewood and The Cedar, have been sold, raising more than $1 million for developers Zauner Construction.
Selling agents Stanley and Martin have not disclosed the price but both local buyers answered advertisements seeking bids in “the low $500,000s”.
Agent Nikki Murray said The Cedar would revert to a residence under the terms of the contract, while Boldrewood’s use was yet to be determined.
“They are both gorgeous houses,” Mrs Murray said.
The sales are subject to title conditions and the deals are expected to be finalised in May.
Zauner is redeveloping the centre of the former Charles Sturt University city campus for housing but is selling several homes in Olive, Wilson and David streets.
Boldrewood is a traditional 1880s Victoran-style house with cast-iron veranda, decorative hallway arches, stained glass panels, high ceilings, elaborate chimneys and polychrome brickwork.
It was occupied from about 1885 to 1895 by police magistrate Thomas Alexander Browne, (1926-1915) best known as Rolf Boldrewood, author of Robbery Under Arms and other novels.
His famous book was published in three volumes when he was living in Albury from 1885 to 1895.
The Cedar is a 1920s home built for the Arnold family of fruit and vegetables dealers and is one of the best California bungalow-style homes in the city.
It is best-known as Jimmy and Victoria Bacash’s reception centre for 24 years until 1990. It is the subject of an exhibition this month at the Albury Library Museum.
The former CSU homes in Wilson Street have been either demolished by Zauner or sold. The 1920s homes of Mudge, Wilcara and Flood Nagle in Olive Street are still for sale, as is Fernhurst in David Street.
Adams at 644 Olive Street and the former Nowik theatres are also for sale for commercial use.