Auction twist for Greenwich property where corpse was found rolled in carpet


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Auctioneer Ed Riley calls bids on a Greenwich property where a former hoarder home once stood. Picture: David Swift


A muddy Greenwich property where a mummified body was found rolled in carpet was passed in at auction on a vendor bid of $2.3 million Saturday.

The 556sqm property on Greendale St made headlines in 2018 when cleaners discovered the body in a room filled with floor to ceiling junk amassed by the hoarder owner.

The house where the body lay was knocked down shortly after the property sold in 2018 for $2.07 million and was relisted this year as a development site.

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Listing agents Karl and Marion Ferguson of McGrath-Lane Cove listed the property with a guide of $2.25 million but the bidding failed to get close to expectation.

Greenwich Body

The Greendale St home before it was cleaned and knocked down.


Greenwich Body

The house last sold in 2018 for $2.07 million.


Two bidders put in offers for the home, but the highest bid was $2.1 million, prompting auctioneer Ed Riley to submit the vendor bid.

Post-auction negotiations are reportedly still under way.

Mr Ferguson told the Sunday Telegraph prior to the auction that neighbours were cheering the sale.

“It’s one of the few instances I know of where neighbours are actually excited something might be built near them,” he said. “There were certainly no tears when the property was knocked down.”

Greenwich Body

Cleaners took weeks to clean the property.


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Many of the rooms were inaccessible when cleaners came to the property.


Investigations into what happened at the property are still ongoing but police theorised petty criminal Shane Snellman was shot by the owner Bruce Roberts after breaking into the home nearly a decade before his body was discovered.

It was alleged the body was then kept on the property until Mr Roberts died in 2017 and cleaners were called in to remove the mountains of rubbish hoarded inside the rooms.

Forensic clean up specialist Chris Burgess was part of the team that removed the rubbish and said the house was “really creepy”.

Crime Scene

THEN: Police at the scene in 2018. Picture: Damian Shaw


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NOW: The block after the original house was demolished. Picture: David Swift


“(The clutter) reached the ceiling and it was everywhere, the garage, the shed … we were in full suits with filtration masks,” he said.

The hoarded papers, garbage, boxes and assorted items took three weeks to clear and amounted to about 30 truckloads.

Members of the cleaning team wanted holidays after the job finished, Mr Burgess said. “We just needed a break.”

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The auction attracted the interest of neighbours. Picture: David Swift


Mr Ferguson, who was also the agent for the property when it sold in 2018, said every buyer who made an inquiry in 2018 wanted to knock the property down.

The current owners are based overseas. They demolished the original bungalow and obtained DA approval for a new home and swimming pool.

The property was among nearly 200 properties to go under the hammer Saturday – an unusually low number for this time of the year.

Earlier in the day, a three-bedroom house on Florida Rd in Palm Beach sold under the hammer for $4.35 million, beating the reserve by $350,000.

In Castle Hill, a four-bedroom house on Amberlea Court sold for $1.338 million, $338,000 over the seller’s reserve. Thirteen bidders registered with Ray White-Carlingford agent Nathan Circosta.

Auctioneer Michael Garofolo received an opening bid of $800,000.

A nearby Castle Hill house on Cecil Ave sold under the hammer for $1.645 million after attracting 14 bidders.

Auctioneer Stu Benson said there was a “buzz” at the auction. “(It) genuinely felt like a ‘heat of the market’ auction based on the volume of bidders,” he said.

Sydney’s auction market has been improving since bans on in-room and on-site auctions were lifted three weeks ago. The clearance rate hit 66 per cent over the past two weeks, up from about 40 per cent over much of April.



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