Historic House Sold
STATE of Origin player for Queensland and Sydney Roosters player Martin Kennedy has bought an historic piece of Evans Head real estate.
Owned by one of the founding families of Evans Head, the Paddons, the large property went under the hammer for $950,000.
"This was the first time this unique property had been sold out of the Paddon family," said LJ Hooker Evans Head auctioneer Brian O'Farrell.
"This was a monumental campaign, with the property being 3281m2, approximately.
"It has four bedrooms and is a brick and tile property which has enormous redevelopment opportunity.
"But the best attribute of this magnificent property is the position, overlooking the majestic Evans River."
Mr O'Farrell said Mr Kennedy has a strong interest in Evans Head with three generations of the family having bought property in the area.
"With parents, siblings and grandparents living in town, Martin has now secured his own future in coastal Evans Head," Mr O'Farrell said.
The day of the auction saw a large number of registered bidders, after much serious interest in the property.
But on the day two bidders fought for the right to call the property their own under the auction conditions.
"We were very pleased to see this property sell successfully under the hammer," Mr O'Farrell said.
"What a fantastic opportunity for a motivated young man to secure their future in Evans Head with such an impressive property with so many development opportunities in the future."
According to an account of the history of Evans Head, the town was named after a Lieutenant Evans who conducted a coastal survey aboard a chartered ship commanded by Captain Tony Paddon.
Mr Paddon became the first white settler of the region in 1877.
Following a profitable pursuit of gold, Paddon turn to other ventures including the building of the first hotel in Evans Head.