'Piece of Southland history' for sale again

Southland's greatest community project for sale

LAUREN HAYES
Last updated 05:00 08/03/2014
Russel St property
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SPECIAL HISTORY: Professionals MacPherson Realty real estate salesman Tim Frampton looks over the Russel St property that was renovated in 2007 to raise money for Hospice Southland and is now up for sale again.

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Southlanders have the opportunity to buy a special piece of the region's history.

The Russel St villa known as the Hospice house is once again on the market, still bearing the shiny plaque declaring it "Southland's greatest community project".

In 2007, the community rallied to provide the weeks of labour and materials necessary to renovate the century-old house, which was then sold to raise funds for Hospice Southland.

Dozens of businesses and individuals pitched in for the 11-week project, removing walls, laying carpet and knocking out fireplaces to give the historic home a makeover.

At the time, the $1.026 million paid by Invercargill businessman Louis Crimp for the property was the highest figure paid for a house in Invercargill. It is now again for sale by its owners, with an asking price of $419,000.

Professionals MacPherson Realty real estate salesman Tim Frampton said the house's history would be a selling point, but the property also had several other great features.

Potential buyers can look inside the house at today's open day, from 11am.

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