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Muriel’s Wedding Style Redfern Terrace with Burnt Backyard and Burnt Hills Hoist for Sale

A Redfern Deck with a scorched backyard and a scorched Hills Hoist, reminiscent of a scene from the classic film Muriel’s Wedding, has hit the market.

In the film, Muriel’s mother had set the overgrown backyard on fire before killing herself in what critics say symbolizes the destruction of the “Australian dream” of home ownership.

It is unclear what caused the fire in the backyard of 18 Turner St, a ‘neglected’ three-bedroom terrace put up for auction on November 5.

But it’s expected to be a hot property with one group of buyers: builders, who could be willing to pay up to $1.5m for the ‘prime 156 sq m north block’ “.

Ownership records show it was last traded for just £600 in 1952 when it was purchased by Redfern tram driver Harold Ernest Neilsen.

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The agents responsible for selling the now very dilapidated property, Hayden Richards and Charles Touma of Ray White Touma Group, are not trying to conceal its condition.

“It’s terrible, awful, very unloved,” Richards says.

“The floors are coming off, the staircase and wood all need replacing and the yard has not been maintained.”

But the block size is big for downtown, so builders or “swimmers” looking for a “passionate project” can see the potential, Richards believes.

“Subject to council approval, there is even potential for two side-by-side units,” says Richards.

Once a dangerous and violent part of town where taxis wouldn’t stop, this part of Redfern is now popular with young professionals and a growing number of families.

The Australian dream lives on.

Originally posted as Muriel’s Wedding Style Redfern Terrace with Burnt Backyard and Burnt Hills Hoist for Sale