Historic Lorn home Warrane sells after 18 months on the market

A local family has snapped up historic Lorn property Warrane, in what could be the most expensive residential sale in Maitland’s history. 

The Belmore Road home, believed to be about 130 years old, was purchased in June after nearly 18 months on the market.

Marketing agent Rhonda Nyquist of PRD nationwide said there was plenty to attract buyers to the Victorian-style home. 

“It’s uniqueness – it’s a quality heritage home on two acres that’s retained a lot of its Victorian splendor,” she said. 

The home was first put on the market with calls for expressions of interest over $2 million, with Ms Nyquist saying at the time she hoped the sale would crack $2.5m.

While Ms Nyquist declined to say the final figure of the sale, she did confirm that it was “towards the upper end” of the most expensive residential homes sold in Maitland’s history.  

The home comes steeped in history.

Previous owner Kylee Hughes bought the property 12 years ago and carried out extensive renovations to the home, commissioning Hunter Valley-based designer Chris Cole Clark to bring the home back to its former glory with empathy for its historic and unique style.

Warrane was built more than 100 years ago by Richard Windeyer Thompson, the son of surveyor-general John Thompson and his wife, Ann.  

The family started a legal practice in Maitland and later joined with members of the Norrie family to form Thompson and Norrie Solicitors, which operated in Church Street, Maitland.