Historic Williamstown mansion Osborne House scores early sale

Historic Williamstown mansion Osborne House scores early sale


A Williamstown mansion has sold well ahead of schedule after buyers battled for one of the suburb’s oldest and most recognisable landmarks.

Osborne House, at 54 Osborne St, sold well above its $3.5 million reserve price for an undisclosed figure, just three weeks after being listed.

The historic home was built for sea captain James Best and his large family in 1859. It later became a posh private girls’ school run by Miss Cathcart.

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Raine & Horne Williamstown director Rosemary Jamonts said a local family went up against a party from St Kilda for the five-bedroom home.

She said an offer above expectations thrilled the vendors and saw the cancelling of the September 14 auction.

“The buyers are really looking forward to being the new custodians of a really iconic, historic mansion,” Ms Jamonts said.

“We had a really good amount of interest but in the end it came down to two people.”

The property was known to the neighbourhood, with many invited to the vendors’ annual Christmas carols singalong in the living room.

The bluestone house is reminiscent of a southern American mansion, with marble fireplaces, ornate cornices, high ceilings and a wraparound veranda. Other highlights include a French provincial-inspired kitchen and a basement wine cellar.

Another historic Williamstown home is still on the market at 52 Stevedore St. The former Napier Hotel from the 1850s was converted into a five-bedroom house, which is for sale with a $2.9 million asking price.

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