The former Wahgunyah Post Office, which boasts a proud history and spectacular views of the Murray River, is on the market.
It was built in 1863 by John Foord for his daughter and son-in-law, Roderick Kilborn who was the 1st Post Master in Wahgunyah.
Later in 1942, the post office operation was moved to another building.
The original post office is located at 5 Foord Street and the front terrace adjoins the footpath in Wahgunyah’s main street, directly opposite the old Empire Hotel.
Owner Jenny Tutton moved into the property about two years ago with the view of restoring the building to include some modern improvements while retaining the original period style, which is still evident in every room.
“It’s a lovely old house,” she said.
“Such a lot of historic buildings no longer stand but these solid brick walls are proudly holding fort into the future of Wahgunyah.”
Ms Tutton has lived all over Australia where she has built and renovated homes over the years.
She came across the old Wahgunyah Post Office while driving through the area several years ago and thought it would be a nice place to “do up”.
“I have put some work into restoring it including a new paint job inside and out, a new kitchen, new flooring and drapes,” Ms Tutton said.
The building features high ceilings, arch windows, leadlight, deep skirting boards, as well as cast iron fire places.
There have been few owners over the years including the Army after WWII, the Bryant family bought in 1950 and lived there until 2004 when Thelma Jones resided until 2016.
The building once housed a light meals cafe in the present living room and an illegal betting room in the cellars.
In the 1980s a refurbishment was undertaken of a new tin roof, once slate.
A paint job inside, a new verandah at the rear and a new bathroom and kitchen added.
The old kitchen, built of timber, sat independently in the backyard and there was a water well nearby.
The selling agent, Crackerjack Real Estate believes the property’s position is excellent for commercial enterprise.
“The old Wahgunyah Post Office would suit food or accommodation businesses in particular, but is also suited to professional rooms or retreat style operations, offering personal accommodation options as well,” Kaz Hughes from Crackerjack said.
“There is a large central kitchen which lends itself to commercial conversion.
“The rooms are warm and intimate, and well heated and cooled.”
The property is on approximately a quarter acre and runs down to Cadell Terrace.
Ms Hughes said the broad deck was ideally suited to al fresco dining, from space and access perspectives.
“There is potential to further develop the site with additional separate accommodation, and there are plans drawn to expand the upper deck, making provision for covered car parking beneath,” she said.
The property is on the market to interested buyers in the range of $445,000 to $485,000.