Historic sale to ensure long-term conservation of 15 cottages in three terraces.
The long-awaited launch on Saturday and Sunday of the sales campaign for the Warders’ Cottages in Fremantle, which is being marketed to commercial and residential buyers by Colliers International, attracted more than 300 people.
The 15 limestone Warders’ Cottages were built by convicts in the 1850s to house Fremantle prison warders and their families and are one of the earliest examples of terrace housing in Western Australia.
The cottages are being sold by Colliers International’s Craig Rowe, Tory Packer and Samantha Ferraz who said they had been bracing for a big buyer turnout.
“Between 300 and 350 people inspected the first home open and although individual, prospective buyers made up most of the visitors, there has also been strong interest from developers looking to explore the hotel and short-term accommodation opportunities,” Mr Rowe said.
“In a world of homogenous developments and scarcity of land in city centre precincts, this is a unique offering.”
Part of the Fremantle Prison historic precinct, the Warders’ Cottages will be sold via an expression of interest campaign with the six cottages in Warders 3, (7-17 Henderson Street) available for sale in one line or as individual lots to residential buyers. The terms of the EOI preclude commercial purchase of individual cottages in Warders 3.
The six cottages in Warders 1 (19-29 Henderson Street) and the three cottages in Warders 2 (33-41 Henderson Street) will only be offered in one line to commercial buyers at this stage.
Ahead of the sale, the State Government has invested $3.3 million to restore the terraces through its Heritage Revolving Fund which reactivates disused publicly-owned heritage buildings.
Occupied by prison officers and their families until the closure of Fremantle Prison in 1991, the terraces occupy a total land area of 3544sqm and are owned by the Heritage Council of Western Australia.
Colliers International’s Executive Investment Services Tory Packer said a new generation of owners and occupants would reactivate the site and contribute to Fremantle’s economy and social vitality.
“There has been a huge amount of interest around the completion of these cottages and numerous inquiries were received prior to the launch of the campaign,” Ms Packer said.
The cottage at 17 Henderson Street, next to the Fremantle Markets, was restored as a display home for the sales campaign.
Sales executive Samantha Ferraz said buyers would be purchasing their own slice of WA history.
“These buildings were built by hand 160 years ago and have undergone extensive refurbishment. You simply can’t replace or recreate this sort of real estate.”
The first of the three terraces, 19-29 Henderson Street was built in 1851, with the second at 33-41 Henderson Street following shortly after in 1853. The final terrace at 7-17 Henderson Street, closest to South Terrace, was built in 1858.