Gladesville house left vacant since 1980s up for sale in mysterious circumstances

October 28, 2020 |
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This article was originally published on realestate.com.au

A derelict house in Gladesville left vacant since the 1980s has returned to the spotlight after being listed for sale in circumstances the agent has described as “an enigma”.

The historic house on Prince Edward St was last occupied in 1987 and has remained empty ever since – save for occasional break-ins from teenagers reportedly holding seances there to contact the dead.

And it appears the decades without care have taken a toll on the property.

Grass and weeds have swallowed the roof and other plant growth has damaged the structure to the point that it is considered unsafe to go inside.

Selling agent John Priddy of Laing and Simmons-Hunters Hill said the house was well known among locals and the long vacancy has attracted plenty of speculation.

“It captures the imagination,” he said, adding some considered the abandoned house to have a haunted quality and neighbours have had to be vigilant in stopping seances from taking place there.

“There’s something about the house that intrigues people. A lot of people have driven past it over the years and wondered about it.”

The house was this week listed for sale with expectations around the $1.5 million mark.

Mr Priddy, who has been dealing with representatives of the original owners, said he did not know the full circumstances behind the sale and why the property was left unattended for so long.

“It’s an enigma why no one has lived there,” he said.

The house is not inhabitable and will need to be overhauled through a renovation or knocked down and replaced with a new dwelling, subject to council approval, Mr Priddy said.

“You can’t go inside, it’s not safe. Not even a possum would live there,” Mr Priddy said.

The house is located across the road from a park with a creek running through it and sits on an elevated block.

Until recently, it was hidden behind overgrowth, including a large tree that grew through the front porch.

The 533 sqm property will go up for auction on November 14. Mr Priddy said there have been a mix of inquiries from families wanting a “blank canvas” for building a new home or developers seeking new projects.

“It’s incredible what’s happened to the house. It has been swallowed by nature. When no one is living there, nature eventually takes it back.”

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