A view from the top
By SALLY GORDON
NEARLY every year since 1963, the Cantle family have celebrated Christmas at their Yamba holiday home on Clarence Street.
But this year, plans for the Cantles may change following the family's decision to put 'Allawah' on the market.
Built on a 632square-metre parcel of land, Allawah is located on the corner of Clarence and Ocean streets.
The historic timber cottage was one of the first houses to be built on the Yamba point and boasts sweeping views of the coastline from Evans Head south to Angourie.
Grafton residents, Madge and Harry Cantle purchased the block in 1963 for a meagre 3200 pound ($6400). Daughter Sue, who now lives at Bellingen, said her mother had decided to sell the house following the death of her husband.
She said trips to Allawah 'weren't the same without Harry sitting at the head of the table'.
The Cantles are only the second family to have owned Allawah after purchasing it from the Reid family.
Ms Cantle said Allawah, which she believed was an aboriginal word for 'resting place', held many special memories for her and the scores of regular holidayers who rented the place through- out the year.
Allawah is for sale by public tender with Yamba marketing agents Mike Macqueen First National.
Mr Macqueen said the benchmark for the property would be set on comparable sales.
A smaller property similar to Allawah, also on Yamba Hill, recently sold for $1.8million.
Mr Macqueen said the recently-sold block, however, featured an older cottage on a smaller block of land with considerably fewer redevelopment capac- ities than the Residential (2b)-zoned Allawah.
During the Cantle's ownership of Allawah, the family had compiled a list of people who had requested they be contacted if the property entered the market.
Mike Macqueen said they already had fielded strong interest from buyers.
"We've had good interest even to the point where the marketing hasn't even commenced and the interest in the property just off calls and the internet has been enormous," Mr Macqueen said.