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.
“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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.