THE Brisbane property once dubbed ‘Australia’s worst house’ is back.
The original, dilapidated shack in one of the city’s hottest inner-city suburbs has been demolished and replaced with a brand new, five-bedroom home that hits the market for the first time today.
It’s been nearly four years since the pre-1946 property at 50 Deighton Rd, Dutton Park, made headlines when it sold at auction for a shock $668,000 in 2015 — $168,000 above the reserve price.
Owners, Steven and Rina Zlatkin, say everyone thought they were “crazy” to buy the home considering its crumbling condition, but they are now out to prove the doubters wrong.
Mrs Zlatkin said she saw past the boarded up windows, loose bricks and rusted tin roof.
“I’m very artistic and the location was absolutely perfect,” Mrs Zlatkin said.
“I had a vision of what I wanted to create — and it wasn’t a Queenslander.
“I think it’s about time for something exciting to come to the area to give it a bit of a lift.”
Three years of rigorous inspections, council approvals and an expensive demolition job later and the Zlatkins’ hard work could be about to pay off.
Mrs Zlatkin said she bought the property with the aim of creating their dream, forever home, but a change in circumstances meant a move to Melbourne.
“It’s been a lot of hard work, but worth it,” she said.
“We designed it in mind for a family — it’s very comfortable and very spacious.”
The median house price in Dutton Park is now just over $1 million.
Marketing agent Gunther Behrendt of Ray White Stones Corner, who sold the home in its original state in 2015, said the hovel had undergone a complete transformation.
“New houses are rarely available so close to the city, so this large family home within the Brisbane State High School catchment is very exciting indeed,” Mr Behrendt said.
The new house is Hamptons-inspired, with multiple open-plan, indoor and outdoor living areas.
It comes with three bathrooms, a media room and a landscaped backyard featuring a grassed area and in-ground pool.
The property is scheduled to go to auctionat 1pm on March 30.