WHAT price is heritage? About $1 million, it would appear.
At least that is the profit a builder made after he got council permission to demolish an 1880s heritage-listed building in Oatlands because he said it was too expensive to restore.
The house last went under the hammer in 2015 for $1,216,000 and at auction this weekend it fetched $2,185,500 — a profit of $969,500.
National Trust Parramatta president Brian Powyer said local heritage laws were not strong enough
“We think the system of heritage listing needs an overhaul. We need uniformity of protection at all levels of listing,” he said.
The original four bedroom house — built between 1851 and 1875 — was in the same family for over 75 years, and featured high ceilings and original fireplaces.
In its rich past, the property was used as a farmhouse and later become a country retreat in the 1890s.
Around 1910 to 1914, it was owned by John Symonds Endicot Ellis, an architect from London, after whom the street was named.
In the 1930s it was operated as a dairy farm by the Stanfield family and had been owned by the Stanfields ever since.