A prominent Warrnambool building has been a doctor's surgery for more than a century and, after being sold this week, that tradition looks set to continue.
The current home of Lyndoch Living's Warrnambool Medical Centre, on the corner of Liebig Street and Raglan Parade, sold on Thursday for an undisclosed price.
The property was put on the market last month and was expected to fetch between $1.25 and $1.35 million, but Harris & Wood Real Estate's Danny Harris said it actually fetched a higher amount.
Mr Harris said there was strong interest in the property with four offers made for the property - three from out-of-town investors.
But the property was purchased by a local investor who was keen to see it stay as a medical clinic, and was hoping to attract that type of tenant.
"We were really pleased with the level of interest that came forth," Mr Harris said.
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"Their intent is that it will remain a medical centre beyond the current tenants' stay."
The building, on the corner of Liebig Street and Raglan Parade, was first opened as a clinic by Warrnambool doctor Horace Holmes in the early 1900s who used three rooms for surgeries and the remainder as a family home.
Lyndoch Living purchased the Warrnambool Medical Centre business in 2019 and is in the process of building a new facility to house the clinic on Hopkins Road.
The clinic's lease agreement at the Liebig Street site would continue until June 2022.
One of the building's former owners, the now retired Dr John Philpot, had said he believed it was the first time the property had come up on the open market.
"It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," he said. "We are sad to see the site go."
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