A family that couldn’t bear to bowl over its quaint weatherboard house is giving it away free to a good home.
But only to someone who’ll love it as much as they have and is prepared to remove it from its Altona block.
The West family is looking for new owners for the perfectly liveable three-bedroom house they have called home for the past seven years so they can build a new home on the site.
“I don’t want to see it flattened and neither does my seven-year-old who is quite emotional about seeing it broken up and sent to the tip,” said owner Kylie West.
Ms West told her son she’d do everything possible to find new owners for their old house.
The Wests renovated the 1952 property on Belmar Ave just before they moved in. It includes a kitchen with stone benches and SMEG appliances, an open-plan living room, original timber floorboards, venetian blinds and a bathroom that needs an update.
Ms West said it could be used as a family home, holiday house or as an investment property.
“It could suit families or retirees, but I’m only going to be giving it away to somebody who will use it and not just try to sell it,” she said.
“Whoever wants it also has to get it relocated by professional removalists and fit into our short time frame.”
The couple hopes to start building their new house in the next three or four months.
Savvy buyers have previously picked up houses on eBay, Gumtree and listing sites like realestate.com.au.
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, which works closely with VicRoads, issued 671 permit last year allowing “vehicles to transport houses and other buildings on Victorian roads”.
Transporting a house generally costs between $55,000 to $80,000, Phil Butler of Phil Butler House Relocation told the Herald Sun.
The Altona house has been advertised on Facebook groups and people can also contact the owners at firstname.lastname@example.org.