THE original home of The Echo newspaper in Ocean Grove has sold to a local family.
The buyers of 103 The Parade plan on building a family home on the site after securing it for a price within the asking range of $1 million to $1.1 million.
Point Lonsdale agent Campbell Potts said there were two main players that were interested in the property at the end of the expressions of interest campaign.
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“Plans to build a family home was one of the reasons the vendors liked the successful buyer,” Mr Potts said.
There was development potential for the 811sq m site within 200m of the town centre, subject to council approval.
The three-bedroom character house was built in 1948 and was the original home of The Echo newspaper, that was initially a newsletter.
Alix and John Townsend started the paper in 1962 and their son John bought out his siblings when his mum died in 2008.
Mr Townsend said it was a very busy household and all the local news was basically brought by people to the front door.
“There was always something happening, people used to say if they wanted to know what was happening they would come to our house,” he said.
“Someone turned up with a fairy penguin one day that they had found and mum and dad knew someone that could help them out.”
As the paper grew an office across the road was used to run the paper before the Geelong Advertiser eventually bought the newspaper 15 years after it started.