ABANDONED for half a century, this once palatial home has been set on fire, ransacked by squatters and is riddled with graffiti.
The skeleton of a Holden Kingswood has trees growing through the engine and the building looks like a haunted school conjured for Stephen King’s amusement.
As interest grows ahead of its November 2 auction and building inspections confirm it is still structurally sound, buyers are testing their nerve. Do they live with the ghouls of 128 Weekes Rd, Moggill and restore its mid-century modernism? Or do they plan to demolish the demons with the house and start afresh?
“This is a house that’s right up my alley,” Brisbane Real Estate Indooroopilly agent Brian Webster said.
“I’ve never had a house like this.”
But with 10 years’ experience in real estate, Mr Webster has no illusions about the property’s real charm.
“It’s the land that people are really interested in,” he said.
With 1.14 hectares of riverfront just 20 minutes from the retail hub of Indooroopilly, the sale is being touted as a ‘Riverfront Goldmine’.
The block of land was purchased in 1959 and the architecturally-designed house on a suspended slab was built in 1962. An elevated, flood-free ridgetop with views of the Brisbane River was chosen as the home site.
While the layout is hard to define there are two bedrooms downstairs with two bathrooms.
Upstairs has at least four bedrooms, a lounge area and two further bathrooms.
There is a kitchen on each level and two stairwells.
The owners lived in the house for the first four years.
It was rented out when the family moved to New Zealand and after a couple of years was left untenanted.
In the 50 years since then, the house has fallen victim to decay and neglect and is currently uninhabitable.
A fire started in one of the bathrooms and spread to a wing of the house but caused no structural damage.
The property will go to auction on November 2 at 11.30am.