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Run down Brisbane house sells for over $1 million

By Demi Treloar
The Hendra house was bought for 2000 pounds in 1953. Photo: Michelle Smith

A 92-year-old woman has cashed in on her lifelong home, after it sold at auction for over a million.

It was time for Robin Rogers to say her final goodbyes on Saturday after almost 65 years of living in the house.

She first bought the original Queenslander for £2000 in 1953 and was lost for words in the moments before the auction.

“I’m numb,” she said. “I don’t feel nervous, I just feel a bit dead,” Mrs Rogers said minutes before bidding began.

She said the £2000 was hard to come by back then, but she was happy with her life there.

“We had a big job on our hands raising that money,” she said. “But I certainly have some good memories.”

Auctioneer David Treloar during the auction of Robin Roger’s house. Photo: Michelle Smith

Ideal weather helped bring in close to 80 onlookers who gathered around the front yard of the 28 Flemington Street, Hendra property, with 13 registering to bid.

Ray White Albion auctioneer David Treloar kicked off the auction, receiving an opening bid of $800,000 immediately.

Bidding moved fast, quickly hitting the million mark, before the hammer fell on a final price of $1,020,000.

The winning bid came from property manager, Nick Conias, 30, and his wife Krysti, who have plans to turn the old house into their own family home in the lead up to the birth of their second child.

The property had caught the eye of the young Ascot family just one week before the auction, but they were determined to seal the deal due to the large 810 square-metre land size.

“We are going to renovate and move in. It’ll be our family home,” Mr Conias said. “Not exactly sure on what renovations yet, but have a few ideas. But now that we own it, we can get in there and have a good look at it.”

“We have another [child] on the way, so the pressure’s on.”

He said the price was what he expected.

“I’m happy with it. We’ll spend the next six months to a year fixing it up and then we’ll move in,” he said.

Ray White Albion agent Jon Finney said he believes the result was a record for fix-it-up Queenslanders in the suburb.

“I sold one across the road last year, which is close to this land size, for $811,000,” he said.

“I always knew if there was good competition here, we’d break that record.”

Emotions finally caught up to Mrs Rogers after the sale.

“I feel as though I want to go and have a big cry,” she said.

Other than pay off her aged-care costs, Mrs Rogers hasn’t yet thought about what she will spend the money on. But she said she was just happy it sold to another young family.

“I’m glad the family who really wanted it ended up getting it.”

For further information regarding this sale or to find out how we could help you achieve a successful result, contact selling agent Jon Finney 0412 984 491 or our office 3157 1841.


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