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Untouched Queenslander house hits market for first time in almost a century

Untouched Queenslander house hits market for first time in almost a century
Written by The ReReport

On the market for the first time in 92 years is 97 Vardon St at Wilston

THIS house in one of Brisbane’s most sought after suburbs is on the market for the first time in almost a century.

A deceased estate, the house was built in 1926, has remained in the same family, and is still in its original condition.

There is even two old newspapers stuck to the floor in one room — The Brisbane Courier, one dated October 4, 1926, the other, October 6, 1926.

This newspaper is in remarkably good shape given its age

Place Newmarket agent Mario Sultana said the house was like a time capsule, with nothing touched since it was constructed.

He said one of the newspapers had a yarn about timber prices, and another news story had the headline “Revolting Crime Boy Murderer”.

There is also advertisements for a luxury car, an Essex Six, for 265 pounds, or about $20,820 in today’s money, and for what appears to be a men’s fashion retailer.

“There is also a story on the civil court case, Goldman versus Kirby,” Mr Sultana said.

That case involved Goldman suing Kirby for damages for the breach of a verbal contract for droving sheep.

The original kitchen

Mr Sultana said the house was bequeathed to the nephew of the deceased owner, who passed away in a nursing home a few years ago.

And here is the bathroom, which was added on after the original house was built.

He said the family had also previously owned the land next door, but that was sold many years earlier.

“The people who bought that block did a full renovation of the house on that land and I sold it for them for $1.975 million back in 2016,” Mr Sultana said. “But that house was very different to this one.

“This house (67 Vardon St) needs a lot of attention and there is one room where you can see there has been white ant activity but that can be fixed, and the joists and bearers are in good shape.

“It is just old. The original kitchen is there, you can see where the bathroom was added on. It has the original layout and hasn’t been touched.”

As it stands, the two bedroom Queenslander sits on a 809sq m block with a wide frontage, has VJ walls and ceilings and wide floorboards offering “tremendous scope for renovation and expansion both upstairs and downstairs”.

There is room for a pool!

The yard could easily accommodate a pool and outdoor entertainment area, a place for kids to play and car parking.

“This is your opportunity to buy a beautiful piece of land with the worst house in the street,” the listing says.

It goes to auction onsite at 1pm on Saturday, but even Mr Sultana admits he is unsure how it will play out.

He said he had already had one offer but there was nothing to even compare the house with in the area.

“It is a bit of an unknown,” he said.

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