Entire Central Coast school back on the market

Vacant school site at Spencer back on the market after three years.
Vacant school site at Spencer back on the market after three years.

After three years with a Sydney investor, the vacant site formerly known as Spencer Public School is back on the market.

With a price guide of $1.5 million, the prime 5830sqm site in the sleepy fishing village would have to be one of the most unique listings on the Coast.

With water views and its own library, the property at 4684/4688 Wisemans Ferry Rd is zoned RU5 (village) with Central Coast Council, which allows childcare centres, veterinarian practices, residential dwellings or even recreational facilities, subject to council approval.

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Just metres from the Hawkesbury River, the school closed down at the end of 2014 due to dwindling enrolments, which forced its closure by the Department of Education.

Agent Alison Wade from Select Properties Central Coast says that the size and location are the best things about the property.

The school site includes views of the Hawksbury River.

Highlight features include the original schoolhouse with kitchen, toilet amenities, an office building and an all purpose-built room with storeroom.

Set on a hill with some flat cleared land and views to the Hawkesbury River, Wade says that the views from up top are “spectacular”.

A long-term Spencer resident, Wade was once a teacher at the school.

“It is ironic because the closure once put me out of a job,” she says.

“It was sad when the school sold at the time — it was opened in 1922. But everyone has moved on. I don’t think anyone wants to see it demolished though.”

The site has been maintained but unchanged since the Sydney buyer purchased it three years ago.

The property was auctioned off as a ‘must sell’ in 2016 and was snapped up for just $680,000.

According to CoreLogic, the property is currently owned by a Bankstown business called Nachabe Consortium Pty Ltd.

Wade says that the owners have maintained the property, and although they wanted to do something with the land and partially use it as a weekender, their plans never came to fruition.

This article from the Central Coast Express Advocate originally appeared as “Vacant school site at Spencer back on the market after three years”.