HOW much would you pay to have a slice of history? Sorrento’s iconic post office building is on the market and for a spare couple of million it could be yours.
Built in 1905, the building showcases Australia’s rich heritage.
The property has already attracted substantial interest, RT Edgar real estate agent Lloyd Robinson said.
“It will be sold based on expressions of interest and it will be up to those who purchase it to work around the heritage requirements,” he said.
Local icon: Sorrento post office.
Mr Robinson said there was the possibility for a number of retailers to share the space.
“I think its visual impact will stay the same but the layout may be altered inside.”
A postmaster’s quarters at the rear of the building will be included in the sale.
“At one stage there was a permit approved for units at the back, but that would be for the new owner to go through the necessary processes if they wanted to develop the site.”
While Mr Robinson estimated the property would sell in the realm of the high $2 million mark, he conceded it was difficult to put a price tag on it.
“It is hard when it hasn’t been sold in more than 100 years.
“This is one of the best locations in the street with an interesting part of the history in Sorrento so trying to establish its value is very difficult. Its value will be decided in the next few weeks by the interested parties.”
Mr Robinson said the heritage of the building only added to its appeal.
“I think most people are attracted to its heritage status. If Sorrento was made up of new white blocks of buildings it wouldn’t have nearly the attraction.
“I’m sure whoever buys the post office will have good funds behind them to create good outcomes.”
An Australia Post spokeswoman said the building’s heritage would be maintained.
“Australia Post understands the historical significance of the building to the community, and as a heritage-listed building, this will always be protected,” she said. “Money from the sale of Australia Post owned buildings is reinvested in the organisation.”
The postboxes at the old building will be relocated to the Sorrento Newsagency, which took over as a licensed post office last July.
Construction of the new postboxes is expected to start in the coming weeks.