Homicide homes and drug labs: the haunting destiny after the crimes

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Double Murder House

The home the place father John Edwards shot useless his youngsters just lately offered. Image: Flavio Brancaleone


One house is the killing area the place monstrous father John Edwards gunned down his two youngsters, the opposite the home the place he killed himself after his unspeakable evil.

The sale of each of the Sydney homes reveals the various fates of properties stained in blood, their felony historical past a problem to actual property ambitions.

A violent or lawbreaking previous can demand a reduced value, and the erasing of reminiscences by way of demolition and rebuild.

The Hull St, West Pennant Hills home the place monetary planner Edwards shot useless his youngsters Jack, 15, and Jennifer, 13, his teenage son and daughter in 2018, offered in July for $1.1 million.

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The worth was thought of low for the suburb, and demolition work started in earnest after a speedy settlement.

Promoting agent Deborah O’Brien of First Nationwide Actual Property revealed the house was initially as a result of go to public sale however offered prior.

West Pennant Hills Shooting

Edwards former home in Normanhurst offered quickly after the murders.


The brand new proprietor lodged a improvement software to construct a brand new two-storey residence and indifferent secondary dwelling, council information confirmed.

Edwards later dedicated suicide inside his Normanhurst home. His residence offered shortly after for $1.05 million – additionally under the worth of comparable properties. It stays intact.

Ms O’Brien mentioned the property the place the murders passed off was past renovation and promoting it was “emotionally draining”.

“There have been some individuals I might meet on the entrance porch and I might supply full disclosure earlier than they even set foot inside,” she mentioned.

“The property was prepared for (knockdown) and it was all the time marketed as that.”

Greenwich Body

THEN: Cleaners on the Greenwich shortly after the physique was found.


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NOW: The Greenwich property after the demolition. Image: David Swift


One other homicide home just lately knocked down was the Greenwich property the place a corpse was found rolled up in carpet beneath flooring to ceiling junk.

The hoarder proprietor Bruce Roberts was reported to have shot intruder Shane Snellman within the residence and left his physique there for near 10 years earlier than he died in 2017.

It took cleaners practically three weeks to clear the 30 truckloads of things.

The property offered for $2.07 million in 2018 however just lately got here up for public sale once more as a improvement web site after the brand new house owners knocked down the unique dwelling.

The Greendale St property handed in on the public sale after the $2.1 million highest bid failed to satisfy the reserve. The house owners are understood to have lodged constructing plans with council.

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This home turned drug lab in Enfield is because of be knocked down.


Itemizing agent Karl Ferguson of McGrath advised the Sunday Telegraph earlier than the public sale that it was one of many few cases the place neighbours had been excited one thing new can be constructed close to them.

“There have been actually no tears when the property was knocked down,” he mentioned.

There has additionally been a spate of homes used as drug labs being changed with new builds.

An Enfield home used for rising hashish earlier than a part of it was set ablaze in 2016 is because of be knocked down. The brand new house owners, who paid $1.38 million in July, will construct a household residence.

A home in Berkeley Vale on the Central Coast that was used as a drug lab earlier than it too went up in flames is present process redevelopment after promoting to builders for $290,000 – roughly half the suburb’s median value.

Burnt down house for sale

Agent Philip Martin on the former Berkeley Vale drug lab earlier than it was knocked down. Image: Troy Snook


Herron Todd White valuations knowledgeable Kevin Brogan mentioned a historical past of violent crime might have an effect on the worth of a property for years — in some circumstances, even when the unique dwelling was knocked down.

“It relies upon how abhorrent the crime was and the way recent it’s within the minds of the area people,” he mentioned.

“The stigma diminishes over time however within the years instantly after it will probably even have an effect on the worth of neighbouring properties.”

– With extra reporting by Amanda Sheppeard

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