ONE of the largest parcels of CBD property in Warrnambool — featuring a former funeral parlour and butchery dating back to the 1800s — has been put on the market.
Nanjing Night Net

The Guyett family property fronting Timor Street covers more than 3000 square metres, including a large section of vacant land suitable for development.

It is believed to be the largest parcel of Warrnambool CBD property offered for sale in recent memory.

Expressions of interest close on April 27 through Northeast Stockdale and Leggo.

Agent Matt Northeast said there was early interest from business investors and the sale would have international exposure.

“A myriad of uses is possible,” he said. “For the CBD this is massive.”

It is being offered in two sections or as a whole.

The largest parcel on 2024 square metres includes the former funeral parlour, which has capabilities for seven bedrooms plus a three-car garage.

Adjacent is a laundromat under a four-bedroom residence, plus a six-car garage.

Spokeswoman for the owners, Helen Bayne, said the properties had great emotional value to the family.

“We have not made this decision lightly, but we believe such a large site offers great potential for redevelopment,” she said.

“Many people are surprised when they see how big the blocks are and that there are substantial gardens behind the buildings.”

Titles for the properties were created in the 1870s and the laundromat building started its life about 1888 as a two-storey residence and workplace for G. A. Wiggs.

It continued to be occupied by butchers until being purchased by Jack and Marg Guyett in the early 1970s.

The larger adjacent building was constructed in the 1930s. It operated as a boarding house until bought by the late Jack Guyett’s parents in 1946 and transformed into a funeral parlour.

Jack bought the funeral business and building from his family in 1956 and it was the home where he and Marg raised seven children.

Mr Guyett installed a gymnasium in one of the garages in the 1970s when he was a stalwart of Merrivale Football Club and it operated as a community facility for about two decades. He died in 1986 and his wife in 2007.

Guyett’s Funeral Home relocated to east Warrnambool in 2010.

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