Take a look inside the ‘uninhabitable’ house without a toilet or power that just sold for $3.5 million in Australia, as global property markets boom

A large room with crumbling walls and building materials on the floor.
The property listing says that it is located close to a shopping district and several schools.

  • A Sydney home lacking flooring, a toilet, kitchen, and power sold for $3.5 million, Bloomberg first reported.
  • The property received 30,000 enquiries globally in a wild property market, which stunned the selling agent.
  • The property listing says that “behind its charming façade” it has “uninhabitable interiors.” Take a look inside.
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This “uninhabitable” four bedroom house in a Sydney suburb sold for $3.5 million (4.7 million Australian dollars), despite not having a toilet, kitchen, flooring, or power, selling agent Joe Recep told Bloomberg.

A large house with a brown roof and white awning sits on a slope next to a road.
This property sold for $3.5 million in June despite not having a toilet, kitchen, or power.

The house sold at auction on June 5, according to its listing on Australian property site Domain.com, where it’s marked as “sold.”

The listing says that “behind its charming character façade” the property is in need of “major work.”

Joe Recep, selling agent at NG Farah Real Estate, told Bloomberg that the property lacked basic amenities like painted walls, a toilet, kitchen, or power. 

The 556.4 square-meter home has four bedrooms and three bathrooms, and is described as a “neglected period home” with “uninhabitable interiors” in its listing.

A large dilapidated room with paint peeling off the walls is lit up by the sun coming through the windows
The 556.4 square-meter property is described as having “uninhabitable interiors” in its listing.

The median price for four-bedroom houses in the Sydney suburb is $2.28 million (3.055 million Australian dollars), according to data from Domain.com, based on sales within the past 12 months. 

The property received 30,000 enquiries in four weeks from all over the world, including buyers in the United States, United Arab Emirates, and New Zealand, Recep told Bloomberg.

A large room with crumbling walls and building materials on the floor.
The property listing says that it is located close to a shopping district and several schools.

The property listing says that it has off-street parking space for three cars, and is close to a vibrant shopping and restaurant district as well as several schools.

The property’s listing describes it as an “extremely rare opportunity with big potential,” and the new owners can restore it to its “former grandeur.”

The sun streams through stained glass windows into a hallway with several dark wooden doors.
The four bedroom property received 30,000 offers of interest globally, selling agent Joe Recep said.

The listing says that the property sits in the “heart” of Kensington, a Sydney suburb.

Recep told Bloomberg that he’d been in real estate for 25 years and had “seen nothing like” the surge in interest for the dilapidated property.

A house in a state of disrepair sits on a bright green front lawn on a sunny day.
The house has three bathrooms and off-street parking space for up to three cars.

The global housing price average rose 7.3% in the year to March, the fastest surge since 2006, according to the Knight Frank Global House Price Index

Australia’s average house price climbed 8.3% over this time period, Knight Frank’s figured showed. 

The listing says the property is located on a “quiet street framed by a beautiful tree canopy” and has off-street parking space for up to three cars.

A house with a brown roof sits behind a large tree on a sunny day.
The average Australian house price rose 8.3% in the year to March, data from real estate agency Knight Frank showed.

The listing says the property has a “sunny north-facing yard, traditional entry verandah,” and “high embellished ceilings.”

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