Home linked to body in suitcase now for sale
The western suburbs home, in which ‘body-in-the-suitcase’ victim Annabelle Chen was murdered has been listed for sale – three years after her death.
Selling agent Richard Mathlin, from Knight Frank – Perth, says he is being upfront with prospective buyers about the history of the home and has already received significant interest in the sale.
Mathlin expects the property at 10 Meath Mews, Mosman Park, which was owned by Ms Chen, to fetch a sale price greater than $850,000, with similar blocks alone selling in Mosman Park for around $550,000 or $600,000.
Marketed as being in a “dream location”, the cream brick two-storey home is set on a 431sqm lot and was built in 1997.
It has four bedrooms upstairs and a study or fifth bedroom on the ground floor. There are two bathrooms, plus a powder room, as well as casual and formal living areas.
“The home is in original condition. The property hasn’t had any refurbishment done to it,” Mathlin says.
“It’s just over 400sqm in block size in a lovely little cul-de-sac. It’s the right property for the right person who doesn’t mind the history and will nurture it and be able to do some refurbishments.”
Chen’s body was found in a suitcase dumped in the Swan River in 2016 but her identity remained a mystery for two months until her daughter made a missing persons’ report.
Ms Chen’s ex-husband, Ah Ping Ban, was found guilty of murder and jailed for a minimum of 20 years last year. He has appealed the sentence.
Their daughter, Tiffany Yiting Wan was acquitted for murder but found guilty of the lesser charge of being an accessory after the fact and jailed for four years and 10 months.
Mathlin says: “There are different sorts of buyers showing interest. Maybe someone would like to purchase the property for demolition and to build a new home on the block.
“We’re expecting some interest that way, but also, I have had interest already from people who know the history and would be happy to purchase the property and do some refurbishment or keep the property as is.
“Looking at sales evidence in the area, we are looking to get the best price we can for it in the marketplace, hence why we are doing a ‘closing date sale’ so we can see what the market is going to bring us.”
Inspections are by appointment only. Offers close on July 8.