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Former brothel in Surry Hills is red hot

The rumour goes that Granny Lynn ran a brothel at 448A Bourke St, Surry Hills which she’d paid the grand sum of 30 pounds for in 1916.

The rumour goes that Granny Lynn ran a brothel at 448A Bourke St, Surry Hills which she’d paid the grand sum of 30 pounds for in 1916.

Her descendants aren’t sure if she was a hard-hearted Madam like her friend, Tilly Devine, — who ran a string of brothels in the neighbourhood in the late 1920s — or a woman who turned a blind eye to the goings-on upstairs.

Whatever the story, Belle Property Surry Hills agents Mark Foy and James Perlowski are getting huge interest in the three-bedroom, two-bathroom terrace with a grand facade and a rich history.

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Former brothel in Surry Hills is red hot

Tilly Devine with her husband, James, in the 1930s.Source:Supplied

The ladies plied their trade upstairs.Source:Supplied

In the same family for more than 100 years, it’s set to go to auction this Saturday with a $2.1 million price guide.

Granny Lynn’s great granddaughter, Tracy Geary, says her late father, John, who lived in the house for two decades, loved telling the tales about the house’s rich history.

According to her daughter Mary, while the ladies plied their trade upstairs, Elizabeth “Granny” Lynn brought their kids in off the street to wash and feed them.

The kitchen was renovated in the 1990s.Source:Supplied

If only the walls could talk!Source:Supplied

That was all well before Geary was born. “But I remember going to the house as a little child — aged five or six — and smelling the soup on the stove in the late 1960s and 70s,” she says.

“And her love of dogs.”

Granny Lynn’s cabinet full of more than 200 China dogs was passed on to John and now Tracy. “I’ve got more like 500 now and pick up one wherever I travel,” Geary said.

Popular art gallery on the move

37 Ocean St, Woollahra, has a $3.8 million price guide.Source:Supplied

M Contemporary art galley in Woollahra has outgrown its space so its founder and director Michelle Paterson has listed its premises at 37 Ocean St for March 21 auction.

BresicWhitney’s Shannan Whitney has a $3.8 million guide.

The two-level building has a gallery space on ground level and a first-level office with separate entrance.

It comes with an approved DA for a commercial and residential three-level building with a double lockup garage and studio.

The gallery is on a 233 sqm block with a 7.6 metre frontage. A highlight is the rear manicured garden.

The South African art collector bought the building for $2,225,000 in 2013. She’s looking to upsize elsewhere in the east.

Quick sale in Lizzie Bay

44 Roslyn Gardens, Elizabeth Bay, sold for $4.4 million.Source:Supplied

The Elizabeth Bay terrace of the London-based former Barclays Investment Bank boss Tim Throsby and his wife, Helen has snappily sold.

Richardson and Wrench Potts Point/Elizabeth Bay’s Jason Boon had a $4.2 million price guidefor the four-bedroom, three-bathroom terrace with double parking at 44 Roslyn Gardens ahead of the scheduled February 27 auction.

He sold it for $4.4 million to a family upgrading from a smaller property nearby.

“Families feel secure buying a house in this area now,” he said

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