Real Estate

Auburn home to sell for first time in a century

Written by The ReReport
As seen in the Source link, written by on 2019-03-13 14:27:49

This western Sydney home passed down through generations is on the market.

When Carol Shelton visits Auburn, she struggles to recognise the streets she used to walk every day.

And the former Auburn Girls’ High student has spent plenty of time in the area recently, preparing to sell her family’s century-old property.

Carol Shelton at the home with children Sharon and Michael in the early 1980s.

“Some old houses still remain but Auburn itself is different,” Ms Shelton, 70, said. “It is like a big city and the shopping centre has changed dramatically, with tall buildings where small shops used to be.”

Ms Shelton said the area had also become far more multicultural and it was surprising to see how many residential relied on public transport for their daily commute to work.

It was previously owned by Jessie Helen Shelton and William John Shelton.

An old photo of Jessie Helen Shelton in the backyard with dog Deefa.

Visiting the suburb she once called home has brought back memories. She has spent weeks tidying the Kihilla Rd cottage, which has been passed down through generations.

Family records reveal the three-bedroom home at No. 61 was built between 1914 and 1920, after the vendor’s grandfather, William Henry Shelton, bought the adjoining plots of land.



He married Edith May Mayall and the pair moved into the house in 1920, when the residence was fondly named Shelmay.

They raised six children there, starting with their eldest son and Ms Shelton’s father, William John Shelton. He later moved in with his wife, Jessie Helen Shelton.

The home is in original condition.

While Ms Shelton never lived at the property, she visited regularly with her now grown children.

“We used to really enjoy cards — I remember many games of 500 being played around the table as a family.

A step back in time.

“It is sad to be the one to sell after 100 years but that is just the way it is and thankfully I have all of the memories.”

On the market with a guide of $865,000 to $895,000, the three-bedroom house has high ceilings with original pressed-plaster ceilings and a fireplace.

The home has a traditional fireplace.

There 556 sqm block of land with a 15.2m frontage also has a carport and lock up garage.

Starr Partners agent Vinesh Goundar held the second open home on Saturday and has already had 32 inspections, with a number of offers on the table.

Carol Shelton as a baby, pictured with her mother and grandmother.


He said people were “captivated” by its old-world charm, because it still had pull-string light switches.

“Whoever buys it will probably strip it back to renovate and find solid hardwood timber floors under the carpet … I’d love to see a home like this restored,” Mr Goundar said.

Carol Shelton (far left) with family members and friends in the late ‘70s