It’s been nearly 180 years since it was built and, though much has changed in the world around it, this Western Sydney workers’ cottage has remained the same.

The three-bedroom house on Bungarra Rd in Regentville near Penrith recently sold for $1.49m and has an interior that still reflects how people lived when it was constructed back in the 1840s.

The sandstone walls have been retained, with parts still covered in what appears to be the lime wash often used in old settler cottages at the time.

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Floors are a mix of hard timber and concrete and most of the rooms are centred around the old fireplaces.

Owned by the same family for close 100 years, the property sold at auction on the weekend for $70,000 over the reserve price. The auction attracted seven registered bidders.

Selling agent Joshua Cassells of Starr Partners said it was a high price considering the strict heritage restrictions.

“It was like a museum,” Mr Cassells said. “You’d have to be careful with any changes.”

The home was largely in original 1840s condition because the sellers had respected the history of the home and kept it in excellent condition, Mr Cassells said.

“It was a once in a lifetime sale, literally,” he said. “It’s been in the same family for a very long time.”

The home was originally constructed as housing for mill workers and had been part Sir John Jamison’s Regentville Estate. It was later converted into a single dwelling in the 1930s.

The three-bedroom building is the last remaining evidence of a previous riverside development in the region.

The house was one of 780 Sydney property that went to auction this week, roughly a quarter more than last week and 32 per cent more than over the same week last year.

Preliminary data showed about 75 per cent of the auctions were a success for the vendors – up from last week’s auction clearance rate 66 per cent.

The clearance rate may fall as more results are reported due to the tendency for agents to report positive results faster.

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