Star adds sizzle to sale of historic Tamworth house

TELEVISION celebrity Lochie Daddo will add some modern star power to the planned sale of an historic heritage property in Tamworth that goes to auction tomorrow evening.

When Tamworth agents listed the renovated Upper St old home they decided a celebrity guest auctioneer was just the ticket for such a prestigious real estate sale day.

The third and younger of the acting Daddo brothers, TV personality Lochie Daddo has recently acquired some more fame as a freelance auctioneer and MC.

He'll be out front of the fabulously renovated old home when Professionals Jackson Rural put it under the hammer from 6pm tomorrow at 67 Upper St.

The heritage place has attracted outstanding interest over a couple of open days, with more than 200 people inspecting the house.

Agents say it could fetch anything up to $800,000 but over $500,000 and in a market where housing listings and sales have been consistent, they're hopeful of a buyer being found soon.

Agent Vicki Cooper says the former maternity hospital has been lovingly restored and renovated by owners Reg and Heather Roberts with a heritage makeover that began more than two years ago.

The house was built in 1874 but according to historian Warren Newman and the owners, it spent years as a converted two-flat building that deteriorated markedly before being sold and the restoration begun.

The home, next door to the Parkview Store, was originally connected to the shop but apparently was separated from it in 1903.

Today it's a lovely four-bedroom, two-bath home, with an interesting layout, a retained but relocated old outdoor dunny, and some beautiful old antique pieces and items adding lovely touches.

It's been fully revamped to those heritage glory days of 140 years ago, with the pressed-tin ceilings and walls restored, a new deck built out the back, a new, three-bay shed, new floor coverings and completely new bathrooms.

Ms Cooper says while plenty of people might have said the best thing for it a few years ago was a bulldozer, the blending of cottage style and heritage, like chandeliers, period fittings, old mailbox bits turned into front door handles, the attention to detail in everything inside and out, make it special.

"It's attracted a lot of attention. It was featured in a lifestyle magazine not long ago, and more than 80 per cent of those who have inspected it have probably been interested in the quality of work of the renovations," the agents said.

While Ms Cooper said she was not confident it would sell on the day and whether it would sell under the hammer, she was confident a sale would happen.

She expected it would be "an emotional buyer" who had a special feel for the place and the quality and heritage beauty who would be most attracted to it.

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