In 1887, the Manly Beach Estate was auctioned on New Year’s Day.
The following year, on the adjacent lots, James Gibson, a bank manager from Ipswich, commenced building “Culterfel”, later to become home to the Catholic order of Presentation Sister and now Manly’s second oldest remaining house.
In February, a lot that was included in the Manly Beach Estate, 510 m2 at 28 Oceania Terrace was put to auction by the new Place Reality, Manly. The vacant lot with secure, 180 degree harbour and bay views, sold under the hammer for $1,300,000. This was an impressive first sale for Place Realty Manly.
At the time of the 1887 auction, the commercial and retail precinct of Manly Village did not exist and the lots were promoted for the estate’s ‘cooling sea breezes, scenery, boating and fishing just 10 miles from the Brisbane CBD’. While the promotion for last Sunday’s auction could have mirrored that of 1887, the Manly Village now offers a full range of retail, service businesses, restaurants, yacht and boat clubs, the Manly Boat Harbour, and kilometres of foreshore bike and walk ways: a village by the sea where you feel you are on holidays every day of the year.
“A world away from the everyday”.