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Hoarder house where open homes were 'not encouraged' sells for $1.43m

A five-bedroom hoarder home that was marketed using only exterior photos has fetched $1.43 million at sale.

The previous owners, an elderly couple, had lived in the Brisbane house for about 20 years.

“They just collected everything,” Place New Farm agent Alex Rutherford told

“They had every bit of their life in every room. There was no bench space for anything.”

The five-bedroom hoarder home in Clayfield in Brisbane.
The five-bedroom home in Clayfield was sold for $1.43 million. Source:

In an interior photo only released once the new buyers had been confirmed, the kitchen can be seen piled high with items from keys and collectibles, to CDs, old newspaper clippings and opened food items.

“It needs extensive work,” Ms Rutherford said about the 1083sq m property in Clayfield, one of the city’s most sought-after suburbs.

Home to be ‘developed later down the track’

While on the market, the real estate agent says open homes were “not encouraged”.

Just two prospective buyers booked an inspection inside the Gellibrand Street house while others were only interested in the land.

With five bedrooms, two bathrooms and space for six vehicles, the property was advertised as a “rare renovation or development opportunity”, offering “vast amounts of space for endless possibilities”.

An interior photo of the home in Clayfield.
An interior photo was released once the sale had gone through revealing 20 years of an elderly couples life. Source:

“Encompassing an existing residence that can be renovated or demolished to create an entirely new dwelling, 96 Gellibrand Street is available on the market for the first time in over 20 years,” the ad on read.

Put up to auction in September, the home failed to be sold, but a new buyer had come forward by the end of the day.

“It was bought by a Brisbane builder who plans to develop it later down the track,” Ms Rutherford said.

“They had to do their DD [due diligence] so it has only just gone unconditional.

“It’s likely to be rented in the meantime but needs extensive work.”

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