Mates buy Mitcham ship-shaped house with land in sight
Mates have made waves in Mitcham after investing in a house shaped as a ship.
The crumbling mid-century property at 80 Heatherdale Rd even has an upper deck that overlooks the Dandenong Ranges.
But this ship is likely to sink, with buyers expected to use existing plans and permits to build new townhouses.
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Ray White Forest Hill agent Aaron McDonald told Leader there were three bidders for the unusual property which sold at about reserve price for $855,000 on Grand Final day.
He said it sold to a pair of friends who planned to knock down the tired house and live in the townhouses they would build on the 711sq m block.
The vendors had acquired permits for two houses but did not use them. Instead they rented out the property, most recently for $650 a week, after they bought it for $556,000 in 2013, CoreLogic shows.
Old photos show that behind a curved facade there are five bedrooms and two zoned living areas. A sunroom is perched on top of the house where residents can soak in the views.
Little is known about the history of the home, built in 1960. The sales description by Barry Plant Blackburn in 2013 said the house would let a buyer’s “creative side run free” if they decided restore the home to its “former glory”.
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