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An original slice of southern Sydney, on the open market for the first time in more than 115 years

An original slice of southern Sydney, on the open market for the first time in more than 115 years

For Sydney buyers looking for a piece of local history, as well as a stunning waterfront locale, complete with jetty, boatshed and tidal pool, then this is a property that can tick all those boxes.

The four-bedroom Federation home on the 4888-square-metre waterfront block at 20-24 Beckton Place in Lilli Pilli in Sydney’s south hasn’t been up for sale on the open market since it was built, having privately changed hands once more than 80 years ago.

Becton was built in the early 1900s on 6.8 hectares of land and its first owner was a Thomas James Bush, who largely used it as a holiday house. The chief engineer of the Australian Gas Light Company, he had named the estate for the gas works he’d worked at previously in London.

20-24 Beckton Place, Lilli Pilli.

Bush scored a lease for the land in 1899, and bought the freehold in 1913. After his death, it was leased to A. Sidney MacCulloch by his estate’s executor, who later bought the property which was passed down through his family, until now.

The next MacCulloch, a doctor, updated the property significantly in the 1940s including adding a dining room and study, and the expansive estate was subdivided in the 1960s with housing overtaking the surrounding land. An ensuite bathroom was also added in 1970.

Agent Alex Pitsis from Greg Gilbert Real Estate said the property, with its large spaces and high ceilings, was very well preserved.

20-24 Beckton Place, Lilli Pilli.

“It’s not a knock-down. It’s good enough to maintain,” he said, adding that the scarcity of this kind of property made it difficult to put a price on.

They don’t come up, and there’s nothing you can really properly compare it to,” he explained. “It is one of the original homes on the point.”

While the home was subject to the local government heritage plan, he said there was scope to do something with the property, subject to council approval, with subdivision a possibility.

20-24 Beckton Place, Lilli Pilli.

A small suburb reaching into Port Hacking, sales in Lilli Pilli are thin on the ground, with no houses changing hands this year and 13 selling last year, the most expensive being 20 Boomerang Avenue which scored $4 million via private treaty in September.

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