It’s overgrown with weeds and needs serious restoration, but the hottest house in Queensland this week drew more attention than even Pat Rafter’s house – and saw 300 people turn up to its first open home.
With the full force of charms of yesteryear, Millbrook, built in the 1860s, Millbrook was home to the first mayor of Toowoomba, about an hour west of Brisbane.
The Public Trustee has the heritage home listed for auction on December 7 in a co-listing with Cooper Watson and Bria Hurst of Realway Property Partners – Toowoomba.
The three bedroom, one bathroom, two carpark home at 9 Phillip Street in East Toowoomba was the most viewed property in Queensland on realestate.com.au this week, followed by stunning homes such as 6 Austin Ave,Currumbin Waters, 24 Peltham St, Coorparooand the home that Pat Rafter built on Sunshine Beach.
Its popularity is unsurprising given the heritage listed renovator property is not just 300 metres from the CBD but on a massive 2,428sq m block – and it has never been listed for sale.
“There is no public record of a sale ever,” Mr Watson told The Courier-Mail. “The first open for inspection we had almost 300 people. That’s a pretty extreme open for inspection.”
“We were prepared. We had enough staff there to handle it and everyone was relatively understanding. People didn’t mind waiting in line on the pavement to see the property.”
All signs were pointing to a strong result for the home under the hammer come December.
“We’ve had lots of people expressing interest in this,” he said. “We have between 10 to 20 solid pieces of interest. It is an auction and so we expect a good result on the day. The property does require restoration so it will be somebody with a passion for that.”
The home was listed on realestate.com.au as “an opportunity to own a piece of Toowoomba’s history”.
“‘Millbrook’ was previously owned by the renowned ‘Groom’ family and was originally built in the 1860s on Ruthven Street. Mr WH Groom was the first Mayor of Toowoomba and the first Toowoomba member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly,” was how it was described.
The businessman was involved in the foundation of Toowoomba Grammar School, Toowoomba School of the Arts, Toowoomba Permanent Building Society and the Toowoomba Chronicle, it said.
After his death, his wife relocated the house to Phillip Street in 1901 with it staying in the family until the mid 1930s when it passed to the Row family.
“Dr Row was a well-known local doctor who set up Toowoomba’s first blood bank after World War II. He operated a successful medical practice from ‘Millbrook’ for many years.”
The property was put on the Queensland Heritage register in 2001 and still has all its character features including feature fireplaces four main rooms, decorative ceiling roses and feature lighting, a stained glass feature front door, original hoop pine floors, and bay windows in four main rooms.
The auction will be held on site at 9.30am on December 7.