Council to sell historic cottages

HISTORY FOR SALE: 138 (top) and 136 Talbot St cottages.
HISTORY FOR SALE: 138 (top) and 136 Talbot St cottages.

Two of Geraldine's historic cottages are set to get new owners.

Timaru District Council-owned cottages, located at 136 and 138 Talbot St, will go on the market within the financial year, according to property manager Matt Ambler.

The council bought the cottages in 2003 and 2009, respectively, to safeguard them from potential demolition. A conservation covenant has since been placed on both buildings, protecting them from being knocked down.

Now, fully protected from demolition, the council has decided to put them on the market. Money raised from the sales will go to the Geraldine Endowment Fund.

The cottage at 136 Talbot St is valued at $130,000 and the cottage at 138 Talbot St is valued at $142,000.

Both cottages are the last known examples of original immigration housing, built during Geraldine's settlement era of the 19th century.

The council has renovated the interior of both homes and rented them out. However, only one is being lived in at the moment.

The Timaru Herald