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House ‘not for faint-hearted’ lacks toilet

A rickety inner city terrace listed “as not for the faint-hearted” due to the collapsing floors and smoke stained interior has hit the market with $800,000 expectations.

The Waterloo home built in the 1880s has no indoor toilet and the only lavatory is a wooden outhouse covered in graffiti. The floorplan doesn’t show evidence of a shower or bath.

Surrounding the outhouse is an overgrown garden scattered with assorted junk, most of it covered in rust.

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Inside, the laundry roof is being held up by an old cabinet and listing agent Jack McGhee of Ray White-Surry Hills said parts of the home were cut off with caution tape.

The house was uninhabitable but it was not known exactly how certain rooms came to be in their current state, Mr McGhee said.

The three-bedroom house on Morehead St was understood to have once been a housing commission property.

The original owner was given the opportunity to purchase it off government and bequeathed it to her family when she died. The family, after keeping the home many years, will take it to auction in August.

One of the occupants was reported to have been a chronic cigarette smoker and had left the walls with stains from her two to three pack a day habit.

Mr McGhee said he was expecting interest from a mix of builder types and mum and dad-type renovators.

“It has a lot of potential,” he said. “These kind of properties always get attention because they are rare. There aren’t many of them left.” He added that it would cost at least $250,000 to repair the home.

“That would be the bare minimum if you were a builder,” he said. “But you’d probably spend more like $500,000 … it’s hard to say what needs to be done because we don’t know the state of the wiring and things like that.”

Dilapidated Sydney terraces have been selling for huge prices in recent times to renovators wanting a “blank canvas” to create their dream homes.

A grand but crumbling Darlinghurst terrace on Surrey St sold at the end of June for more than $4.6 million – despite needing more than $2 million in renovations, according to the agent’s estimate.

A week later, a tiny, weathered cottage in North Sydney sold under the hammer for $1.4 million. The rusty house on Bank Lane also required significant repair.

A former boarding house in Waverley, described by the agent as “dilapidated”, sold in May for $3.6 million.

Then there was the $1.3 million paid for an abandoned Randwick house caked in mould and grime. One of the rooms in the house on Fern St had a pit in the ground where the floor used to be.

The two-bedroom house sold during the height of the lockdown in April when few properties were transacting because of restrictions on how inspections could be carried out.

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