The Glebe home of late prominent lawyer Paul Wells is on the market with a $3.2 million price guide.
Due to go to auction on November 16 with The Agency — Inner West’s Alister Barrett, the property sits in the iconic Toxteth Estate at 8 Avenue Rd in Glebe.
It was the long time home of Mr Wells, who had a distinguished career as one of Sydney’s top lawyers and his wife Margaret. They both passed away within six months of each other in 2018.
After one week on the market, there has already been more than 100 inquires and 70 inspections of the five-bedroom house.
“All the interest is coming from downsizers who are empty nesters or retirees, and are looking for a manageable home on one level,” he said.
While a freestanding house, Mr Barrett said it wasn’t too surprising that a five-bedroom home hasn’t been getting attention from families so far.
“Glebe doesn’t get as many families as what neighbouring Annandale does,” he said.
The home is located in Glebe’s Toxteth Estate, which Mr Barrett said is one of the most sought after locales in the inner west.
“Anytime a home comes up in this area, it is always popular and well received,” he said.
The Toxteth Estate was mastermind of George Wigram Allen who subdivided 1000ha of land he owned to create an estate with strict covenants.
“He put in place strict rules about how homes should be maintained and thankfully this is still the case with most largely unchanged in their appearance,” he said.
Mr Allen was also the first qualified lawyer to operate in the colony and opened his legal practise Allen Allen and Hemsley in 1822. In a surprising twist, Mr Barrett said Mr Wells began his career working for Allen Allen Hemsley before starting his own practise.
Featuring grand character features and updated interiors, the house is described a rare opportunity to acquire a slice of architectural heritage.
“It is very rare to find a freestanding home with one floor this close to Sydney,” he said.
“It has probably been 15 years since I last sold one like it.”
The property also features a gas kitchen, rear access garage, a study nook and a few fireplaces. There is even high ceilings and polished floorboards.