CHANGING HISTORY: 40 Agnes Street in The Range is up for sale for an impressive $1.95 million. The house used to be home to the Harris family and the Sisters of Mercy.
CHANGING HISTORY: 40 Agnes Street in The Range is up for sale for an impressive $1.95 million. The house used to be home to the Harris family and the Sisters of Mercy. Contributed Inset Allan Reinikka Rokarealestate

Buy a key piece of Rocky history for a cool $1.95m

A ROCKHAMPTON couple are relinquishing a piece of town history after spending 15 years on its restoration; and seeking a pretty $1.95 million.

William and Melody Lewis bought the Agnes St property back in 1999, and have spent the past decade and a half restoring the impressive structure to its former glory.

With two levels, seven bedrooms, three bathrooms, six car parks and marble fireplaces, the task was not a simple one.

After removing brick work placed there by previous owners, the Lewis family restored the original wooden floors.

They said they didn't miss the old blue linoleum.

The house's origins can be traced back to the late 1800s, passing through the hands of the Harris Department Store owners and the Sisters of Mercy.

During its time with the church, the property could be home to more than 40 Sisters at a time, and is now situated next door to their current accommodation.

The two properties were once connected.

The home continues to bring up interest from the Catholic Sisters, with requests to view the historic residence flooding in after the family completed their repairs.

The property's agent, Mark Malloy of Professionals Real Estate, said the home provided a unique and instant appeal.

"Look at the sheer size of it; it's a 3000 sq m block. This has the most history of anything I have come across," he said.

"They have done an excellent job restoring it back to the house that it was, from the pressed metal ceilings to the pine floors.

"It's gone full circle right back to where it was."

40 Agnes St, The Range, is open for inspection by arrangement.

Interested parties can contact Mr Malloy for inspection on 4921 4999.

Big past sales

CQ has been home to some big pieces of property going for the big bucks.

Some notable sales include:

Empire riverside penthouse: $1.92M

Livistonia Cres property in Emu Park: $900,000

Cliff St property in Yeppoon: $760,000

Cypress Ave house in Norman Gardens: $585,000

 



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