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The renovator that’s ‘not for the faint-hearted’

A Broadview home with boarded up windows, crumbling walls and patchwork floors and ceilings is offering the challenge of a lifetime.

The 1950s-built house at 32 Beaven Ave has remained an empty and rundown shell for more than a decade.

After years of chipping away at restoration plans, the owners have decided to cut their losses.

Selling agent Nino Micic, of Harcourts Plus Seaton, said the four-bedroom home was mostly used as storage space today.

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“The owners have had it for some 20 years and they did buy it with the intention of renovating it,” he said.

“But they have been renovating it on and off for the past 10 to 15 years.”

Mr Micic said househunters keen to buy it with the intention of renovating would need to be careful not to bite off more than they could chew.

“The bones of the property seem pretty decent and it’s got a bit of character,” he said.

“But it’s not for the faint-hearted.”

Parts of the two-storey house’s walls have been knocked out and a section of ceiling is missing, while the newer second level was never finished.

Despite its current state, Mr Micic said prospective buyers were attracted to its 701sqm corner block and the prospect of subdividing.

“It will most likely be flattened though.”

The property will go to auction on July 18 at 11am.

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