The West Pennant Hills residence the place a father killed two of his teenage kids has been bought, and bulldozers have moved in to demolish it.
The Hull Rd property bought in July for $1.1 million CoreLogic data affirm – simply over two years after John Edwards shot his kids Jack, 15, and Jennifer, 13 in a bed room of the house the place they lived with their mom Olga Edwards.
Edwards, 67, then returned to his own residence and killed himself. Ms Edwards, who was renting the Hull Rd home on the time her kids had been killed, died by suicide six months later.
The case is the topic of a coronial inquest. Hearings had been held at Lidcombe Coroners Court docket final month, and State Coroner Teresa O’Sullivan is predicted to ship her findings earlier than Christmas.
The property got here to market in June via Deborah O’Brien, gross sales and advertising supervisor at Homeway First Nationwide.
She informed The Each day Telegraph she had deliberate to take the property to public sale however it bought prior. The information was $1.1 million. In line with realestate.com.au’s newest Market Traits report, the median home sale value for West Pennant Hills is $1.725 million.
Mrs O’Brien stated the house, which had been held by the identical proprietor since 1985, was marketed as a knockdown-rebuild alternative as the house was past renovation.
“The realm could be very transitional, there are loads of older properties like this being knocked down and new properties being constructed,” she stated.
“This property was prepared for that and it was at all times marketed as that, no matter its historical past.”
Strict laws requires brokers to reveal materials info about properties which were the scene of against the law of homicide or manslaughter within the final 5 years, when the property is listed on the market.
Mrs O’Brien stated she had taken the accountability very severely, and developed a abstract of the info which she offered to each purchaser, whether or not they inquired by telephone, electronic mail or in individual at open for inspections.
It was additionally totally disclosed within the contract on the market, ready by the seller’s solicitor.
Mrs O’Brien has been promoting actual property within the space for the previous 35 years and stated it was the primary time she had managed a sale like this. She conceded it had been an emotional expertise, particularly given her want to make the method as simple as attainable for the seller, who was Ms Edwards’ landlord on the time of the tragedy.
“It meant I used to be having a dialog every single day concerning the tragedy, and that was troublesome, it was emotionally fairly draining,” she stated.
“The general public had been genuinely trying, and I ensured I spoke to everybody personally. 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.”
Mrs O’Brien stated the response from patrons had been largely constructive.
“Each purchaser than I disclosed to, each single certainly one of them thanked me for disclosing the knowledge,” she stated.
The 814sqm property is properly positioned on the perimeter of Pennant Hills, and is near outlets, faculties, the practice station and a selection of parks and playgrounds.
Mrs O’Brien stated the seller was pleased with the outcome.
“I feel it was a good outcome and the truth that I bought it earlier than public sale confirmed everybody was comfy,” she stated.
The brand new proprietor, who has been contacted for remark, was granted approval from Hornsby Shire Council in September to demolish the home.
He has additionally lodged a improvement software to construct a brand new two-storey residence and extra indifferent secondary dwelling, the council data present.