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Property Here - Sunday, May 05, 2013

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Former Police Station on Market

The former Pymble Police Station features two lock up cells. Picture: Jeff Herbert Source: The Sunday Telegraph

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THIS Pymble home is unique, boasting not only bedrooms and bathrooms, but also two lock-up jail cells and a steel-enclosed exercise yard.

The old brick building was once the Pymble Police Station and its new owners are hoping to convert the heritage-listed property into their dream home.

As well as the sandstone-brick holding cells, fitted with thick steel doors, the property also features a reception area, three offices, a staff room, four fireplaces and has the added bonus of security bars on all windows.

Ku-ring-gai Council heritage adviser Paul Dignam said the building is steeped in history and was designed by a government architect. "It's a standard type of police station that was built by Public Works in the 1920s," he said.

Mr Dignam said the dwelling was home to the station sergeant, whose job included keeping watch over crim- inals on remand before their appearance in court.

He said since it was sold by the police in 1994 it has been used as an office for a security firm and a medical facility, with its only addition being a two-car garage.

"It's fairly intact in that all of that is still there. It's quite identifiable as the old police station," he said. "It physi- cally hasn't changed very much since it was built."

Professionals Berowra Real Estate agent Laurie Castorina said there had been a lot of interest in the property until it went under contract recently. It had been advertised for more than $800,000.

Mr Castorina said as the property is listed for commercial use, a development application would be required to change it to residential.

He has shown about 25 groups through the property, which had been listed for private treaty sale.

"The biggest unique feature is the cell block, and that's why there's a local heritage listing on it," Mr Castorina said. "It's quite unique. The current vendors used the cells as a secure storeroom."

In August 2011, a former police station in Bourke St, Surry Hills sold for $1.9 million to a couple who planned to convert it to residential space.

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