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This week, the unassuming dwelling located on Glasgow Street in Papatoetoe, Auckland, defied appearances and sold at auction for an impressive $1.136 million. to launch real estate industry recruitment site

Surrounded by a skip business on one side and a scaffolding business on the other, this 1960s cottage occupies an 806m² plot amidst an industrial park.

Engaging in a spirited bidding war that commenced at $800,000, eight registered bidders, predominantly neighbors, vied for possession of this weathered weatherboard home, surpassing the reserve of $1 million with ease.

Situated within a light business industrial zone, it stands as one of the few remaining residential properties in the area, making it a rarity.

Despite its cluttered state, both inside and out, featuring skips, scaffolding, vehicles, and shipping containers, this residence on 15 Glasglow Ave in Papatoetoe managed to secure a sale on June 28, 2023, for $1.136 million. The elderly owner, an octogenarian woman, resided there with one of her sons. The clutter was so extensive that the photography team faced difficulties capturing images of the bedrooms.


This Papatoetoe home at 15 Glasglow Ave was piled with stuff inside and outside, including skips and scaffolding, yet sold on June 28, 2023 for $1.136m. BARFOOT & THOMPSON

Agent Parry Singla comments, “As you can see in the photos, there’s a lot of stuff inside there.” Singla admits that he anticipated a price range of $1 million to $1.05 million, considering the property’s condition.

Surprising everyone involved, the three-bedroom home fetched a significantly higher amount than expected.

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Due to the substantial accumulation of belongings, some rooms were rendered inaccessible within this recently sold property on Glasglow Street.

Singla adds, “The neighbors were competing against each other. I was only expecting $1 million to $1.05 million for the condition. It was a great result.”

Having been occupied by the vendor for several decades, the future plans for the property remain uncertain. However, it is reasonable to speculate that it will undergo a thorough clean-up.

Singla concludes, “Offers had been received from different neighbors before, but now was the right time to sell it.”


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