IT LOOKS like any classic Paddington terrace on the outside, but when 48 Duxford St goes on the market this weekend a slice of Australian history is up for grabs too.
The late Margaret Olley, who lived in the terrace for almost half a century, was a Paddington identity whose talent as a painter took her work and name onto the international art scene.
Despite the global acclaim, Olley's life remained humble. She lived in only a couple of the terrace's 14 rooms and leased out the rest.
She lived and worked in the Hat Factory, later known as her "lifelong installation", a rambling extension at the rear of the main terrace.
Garde at 48 Duxford St Paddington
Real estate agent Harriet France said the house had remained much as it was back in the 1960s when she bought it.
"There are the original fireplaces and even the infamous yellow room and gardens that featured in her work," Ms France said.
"It's really a clean canvas and the good thing is that, because it has been left in an original state, it hasn't been mucked up," she said.
The large four-bedroom corner terrace has a footprint almost twice the size of neighbouring lots at 423sq m and could fetch in excess of $2.5 million when it goes under the hammer on November 12.
Although not a heritage item, the exterior of the house must remain largely as Olley left it due to Paddington Conservation Area guidelines.
However, there is a chance that the interiors, and the garden, which were so beautifully captured on canvas, could all go. But those closest to her say it is what she would have wanted.
Flower room at 48 Duxford St Paddington
"Margaret was a very forward-thinking woman and her spirit will still be there, but she was a great benefactor. She wanted good art to be available to everyone, especially for those who could not get to the city," said Peter Hackett, who tended to Olley's garden until her death two years ago.
The home will be open for inspection on Saturday, 10-10.45am, through Harriet France Real Estate and Bradfield Cleary. Proceeds from the sale will go to the Margaret Olley Trust.
Studio at 48 Duxford St Paddington