A squalid, crumbling home that was once filled with rubbish and an unrelenting stench has sold for a staggering $2.4million.
The residence in the Brisbane suburb of Paddington was once in such poor condition that neighbours nicknamed it the ‘Hoarder House’. It was first sold to builder brothers Rob and Andrew Gray in 2014 for $838,000 and they then spent seven months renovating it.
When they sold it to James and Kylie Aitken for $2.1million they could never have imagined it would go on to re-sell for $2.4million.
BEFORE: A squalid home with broken windows, crumbling walls and an unrelenting stench has been transformed into a multi-million dollar family home in a matter of months by an ambitious construction family
AFTER: Despite the ‘very big challenge’, the ‘Hoarder House’ is now instead known as the Hillview House. The glistening white Queenslander-style home boasts a coveted location and city views
Rob Gray and his brother spent around $1million renovating the home, which was packed with old clothes and furniture – and he said it was well worth the expense
The new interior includes timber and marble finishings leading to a stunning Brisbane city backdrop
The kitchen was filled with old food and dirty pans that had piled up over the years
What a difference! Gorgeous floor to ceiling windows let in the mid-morning light
The condition of the home had been so poor that neighbours knew it as the ‘Hoarder House’, but brothers Rob Gray, 26, and Andrew, 29, now have Plunkett Street neighbours admiring the newly renovated home
But that’s exactly what it did on May 31, 2017, according to realestate.com.au.
Rob Gray told Real Estate he wasn’t surprised the property, now known as the ‘Hillside House’, had grown in value so rapidly.
‘There’s been a lot of growth in the last 12 months to two years in inner city suburbs – Paddington being one – and this is just proof of what’s happening,’ he said.
‘Essentially we were looking at it as somewhere that was going to have rapid growth so it really just came down to location and block size.
‘I really enjoyed it. It was awesome looking back at what you’ve achieved,’ said renovator Rob Gray
The work took just seven months, and Mr Gray estimated this kind of large-scale renovation would normally take a year
The condition of the home saw it become known to neighbours as the ‘Hoarder House’, with its prior owner, an elderly woman, residing there for at least 40 years
The four-bedroom home is now worth millions after a tidy overhaul by two separate owners
‘Block size is one of the main elements because big blocks are rare in Paddington.’
Previously Rob Gray spoke to Daily Mail Australia about how the brothers added at least $2 million to the house’s value thanks to their successful renovation work.
Unfortunately, the rubbish was included in the initial $838,000 price tag.
‘The hardest part [of the renovation] was definitely getting rid of the rubbish and dealing with the smell for the initial few months.
The bathroom was once filled with rubbish and junk and the bath was barely usable. But that couldn’t be further from the state of it today
The amazing property has gone up in value by around $2 million since being transformed
‘Building a new house [from scratch] is a good feeling. But being what it was [Hoarder House] and changing it is probably better,’ said Rob Gray
Rob Gray’s brother was initially going to move into the home before they decided to sell it for $2.1million
‘Even when the rubbish was taken out the smell stuck around until we took out the wall lining, then it was better,’ Mr Gray said.
There appeared to be no hidden treasures within the rubble.
‘It was literally all junk,’ Mr Gray said, but added there was a tin filled with old coins which they’ve held onto.
Hoarder House had earned its name under the ownership of an elderly lady who’d lived at the home for at least 40 years, Mr Gray estimated, before she moved to a psychiatric hospital in Sydney.
You wouldn’t recognise it now, but the multi-million-dollar family home was once filled with junk so smelly, the Gray brothers had to pull off the wall lining
The 600sqm property had been bought seven months earlier for $838,000. The renovations have added at least $2million to its value
The home has gone from an eyesore to one of the best properties in the area
‘She’s still alive and kicking,’ Mr Gray said. ‘She’d be pushing about 80.
‘She’d been there for a long, long time, so everyone in the street knew her.’
Mr Gray said they’d spent around $1 million renovating the home, which is now a sprawling, modern-day Queenslander with 3.6m tall ceilings.
Of Graya Construction Builders, Mr Gray said the work was well worth it.
‘I really enjoyed it. It was awesome looking back at what you’ve achieved,’ he said.
‘Building a new house [from scratch] is a good feeling. But being what it was [Hoarder House] and changing it is probably better.’
Despite the ‘very big challenge’, Hoarder House is now instead known as the Hillview House boasting a coveted location and city views.
The sprawling modern-day Queenslander has 3.6-metre ceilings
Despite the ‘very big challenge’, the Hoarder House is now instead known as the Hillview House, boasting a coveted location and city views