Recluse’s home sold
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.