JUST SOLD: The old Wardell Bank went under the hammer a week ago.
JUST SOLD: The old Wardell Bank went under the hammer a week ago. Samantha Elley

National Bank building sold

ON THE market for quite some time, the old National Bank at Wardell finally sold under the hammer two weekends ago.

The 'sold' sign could finally be pasted over the Elders 'for sale' sign as an undisclosed price was agreed on between vendor and purchaser for the stately old building.

Officially opened in 1926, the Queensland National bank branch still has many of its original fittings inside, including 14ft ceilings, teak floors, cedar panels and silky oak fittings that reflected a different time.

"It's an architect that has bought the building and they have quite modest plans to work on a back unit, rent it out and rent out the front as a shop," consultant for Elders Real Estate, Carol Mewing said.

"It's good that the building is going to someone who can appreciate it."

Although the building had been on the market for a long time, Ms Mewing said many people had watched the selling process with interest, but wouldn't step forward.

"An auction will often bring those people out as there is a definite date that the building could be sold on," she

said.

"We are really happy we sold it and to the right people.

"The bank is in good hands."

The new owner is said to know property and live within the Northern Rivers area.



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