Old Linton, one of the region’s more historically significant landmarks, has finally been sold after a decade-long process that included several different real estate agencies and a renovation seen on national television as a part of the Selling Houses Australia series.
While owners Stephe and Karina Jitts were at one stage seeking a figure nearing $4 million, the property was most recently listed by David Medina from Sydney Sotheby’s International Realty with a price guide of $2.75 million. All that is known about the final sales price is that it was above $2.5 million.
With 45 rooms, a restaurant capacity of 120 and situated in the heart of Yass, there are endless opportunities for the new owners as they look to the future of Old Linton.
Outgoing owner Stephe Jitts described a mixed array of emotions after the sale was confirmed.
“It’s good and bad,” he said. “We’ve been here almost 16 years and taken it from being almost derelict to what it is today.”
Mr Jitts said it was the rich history of the place that he’ll miss most, so enamoured by it that he’s already written four novels and a fifth may be on the way.
Built in 1857 by the first Jewish convict to be transported to Australia, Moses Moses, who also built the Yass Royal Hotel, the building was then owned by the man known for owning one million sheep – Arthur Triggs.
In 1946, the government acquired the building to house war veterans, many of whom were struggling with their re-integration into the community after World War II.
In 1990, that facility was moved to the current site of the Linton Village-RSL LifeCare at 15 Glebe Street, giving it the “Old Linton name.”
For the last 16 years, the Jitts have lived in the building and at different times, have offered on-site accommodation, a function centre and a café.
After more than 160 years, it’s a wonder to think about what might be next for “Old Linton.”