Recluse’s home sold

Central Leader - - News - By Karen Kotze

An Ep­som house went un­der the ham­mer last Satur­day, and for a cool $1.37 mil­lion is now un­der new own­er­ship.

Real es­tate agent David Jones of Cen­tury 21 says about 800 peo­ple turned out at the auc­tion of 15 Belvedere St.

The auc­tion, fea­tured in the Cen­tral Leader on March 25, at­tracted huge in­ter­est and was cov­ered by ra­dio and tele­vi­sion news chan­nels on the day.

The house was put up for auc­tion af­ter pre­vi­ous owner Ian Madden died.

Be­fore his death last year, Mr Madden lived a reclu­sive life, board­ing the house up and gen­er­at­ing much spec­u­la­tion and mys­tery around the prop­erty it­self.

Mr Jones says the day was a great suc­cess, that it ran smoothly and the auc­tion­eer was top class.

“The new lady owner is go­ing to re­store the house, and if her cur­rent home is any­thing to base the out­come on, it is go­ing to be spec­tac­u­lar,” Mr Jones says.

“It needed some­body with a great vi­sion for what could be done, and that’s ex­actly what this lady has.”

Mr Jones says the sale of this prop­erty has shown that of the 4000 peo­ple who en­quired about the home, 500 in­di­cated that they are se­ri­ous buy­ers.

“Equally I have 300 to 400 sell­ers on my books now, so there’s def­i­nitely a crack in the dam wall that has built over the last while,” he says.

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