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(BRISBANE) JUST IN: One of Brisbane’s most historic riverside properties has been listed for sale against the wishes of its elderly owner after she failed to maintain it and pay more than three years’ worth of council rates bills #AceNewsDesk report

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#AceNewsReport – May.02: Lamb House was advertised for sale on Friday through Savills and described as “the best of Brisbane”.

Brisbane’s historical riverside mansion Lamb House hits the market after long-running battle: The dilapidated heritage-listed mansion called Home — widely known as Lamb House — had been unoccupied for years and has become a rubbish-strewn haven for squatters: Perched on the cliffs at Kangaroo Point, the federation-style property sits on more than 3,000 square metres of prime inner-city land: Mrs Lamb moved out years ago after her husband died and was issued with a notice of intention to sell by the council in 2020.

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Exterior of Lamb House
The historic home was listed over the weekend.(realestate.com.au)

The land alone was valued at $6,100,000 by the state government in 2019.

A living area with wooden moulding and graffiti.
The house has six bedrooms and three bathrooms according to the advertisement, and several living spaces.(realestate.com.au)

Photographs show a grand timber staircase, pressed metal ceilings, fireplaces with patterned tiles, large decorative archways, wall panelling and panoramic views of the Brisbane River and CBD.

But the six bedroom, two-storey mansion is clearly in need of major restoration work with visible graffiti, paint peeling off walls, collapsed ceilings, crumbling brickwork and holes in the roof.

A run down kitchen with old appliances, dishes and paperwork strewn across the benches.
The kitchen in the historical home is in need of major restoration work.(realestate.com.au)

The grand home has been the centre of a long-running dispute between its owner Joy Lamb and the Brisbane City Council.

Brisbane Deputy Mayor Krista Adams said the Public Trustee is managing the sale on Mrs Lamb’s behalf with any unpaid bills to be taken from the proceeds.

A grand timber stair case with wooden panelling and archways.
The dilapidated but grand heritage-listed mansion has been unoccupied for years.(realestate.com.au)

“I’m glad to see the Public Trustee has taken it over now because we don’t want to see it go to rack and ruin any further than it has now,” she said.

‘Real estate fraud of the century’

Mrs Lamb said she did not know her property had been advertised for sale until she was contacted by ABC News.

She described it as “the real estate fraud of the century”.

“They treated me like dirt and they think that my land is a commodity,” she said.

“It is my property and my husband’s family land over three generations and remains so in any decent person’s opinion.”

Black and white image of house.
The home has stayed in the ownership of the same family for three generations.(Supplied: State Library of Queensland)

Mrs Lamb said she was consulting with lawyers.

Cr Adams said the house became too much for Mrs Lamb to manage.

“I can understand the owner of this property is extremely beloved of this house, her husband and her lived there for many years,” she said.

“However it is also a very important house for the people of Brisbane and the city and its history as we grow.

“This is a good outcome for her so that she gets financial stability and we get to save the house.”

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Drone footage of the now dilapidated Lamb House with panoramic views of the Brisbane River and CBD.

Lamb House protected from development

The landmark property was built in 1902-03 for John Lamb, who co-owned a drapery business in Queen Street.

It was entered into the Queensland Heritage Register in 1992 and was described as “a most accomplished building in its architectural design, materials, workmanship and setting and … a major example of notable Brisbane architect Alexander B Wilson”.

Cr Adams said the council placed a Temporary Local Planning Instrument on the property last year.

“Which basically changed the protection of the house to not only be the house itself, and obviously the heritage importance of the structure, but also the grounds of the house.”

She said it meant the land could not be developed.

“Previously there was an ability if you bought the whole land you might be able to subdivide and do units around it, but the new planning instrument means you can’t do that,” she said.

“The state has ticked that off and it’s coming through council in the next couple of weeks, by the time the sale is through the [new] owner should clearly know that they need to renovate the house.”

Cr Adams said she hoped the house was sold to someone who loved it.

“[It’s] a magnificent grand old lady on the cliffs of Brisbane overlooking the river and [it deserves an owner who] will spend the money to renovate it and make it their family home and make sure it lasts for another hundred years,” she said.

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