Tenders called to purchase historic Coogee Hotel and Post office

Strong interest expected for coastal site with further development potential.

On behalf of Main Roads WA, Colliers International is seeking a buyer for an important piece of WA history with the recently renovated Coogee Hotel and Post Office now ready to re-join the fast-growing community in Coogee, just south of Fremantle.

One of the first WA heritage places to be restored using the Heritage Revolving Fund, a State Government program that reactivates publicly-owned heritage buildings, the former hotel and post office buildings are now close to their original condition and fit for modern use.

The proposed 6,663sqm site on the corner of Cockburn and Beach roads, is being marketed by Colliers International Executive Investment Services Tory Packer who said with LandCorp’s Cockburn Coast Redevelopment Area just minutes away, there would be strong demand for the property.

“This coastal area has been earmarked for a major density boost with LandCorp forecasting an additional 6000 homes in the precinct over the next 15 to 20 years,” Ms Packer said.

A structure plan lodged with the WA Planning Commission for the site at 371 Cockburn Road has provision for a flexible local centre zoning, a mixed-use area to front Cockburn Road and a six-lot residential development at the rear of the site.

Ms Packer said tenders for the property, which will be sold on one title, were expected from developers, owner-occupiers and investors.

One of Perth’s few remaining single-storey hotels and purpose-built post offices from the pre-World War One era, the Coogee Hotel was built in 1901 by Fremantle accountant Walter Powell who was granted a liquor license for a small hotel opposite Coogee Beach on a property owned by his wife, Letitia.

In the 1920s the post office and a store were added to the property which had become a popular holiday destination and resting point for travellers.  A train station, two race courses and the family beach just 200m away completed the thriving precinct.

After it was closed in 1927 because of a surplus of hotels in the area, the property was purchased by the Anglican Church and was used as a children’s holiday camp during the depression years and later a children’s home.

Main Roads WA purchased the property in the 1970s while assembling land for future roadwork which ultimately did not proceed.

The hotel and post office were added to the WA State Heritage Register in 2001. Their restoration was overseen by the Heritage Works arm of the State Heritage Office.

Tenders close on December 2.

Coogee Hotel

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