Family snaps up historic Gold Coast house for free

first_imgMichael Elliss bought this southport house last year to develop the land. He didn’t want to demolish the historic home so offered it up for free. Picture Glenn HampsonA QUEENSLAND family has snapped up the historic Gold Coast home that was offered up for free.Brett McClelland and Rachael Webb have decided to take the Southport home, which they plan to move to their Canungra property and live in with their children.Mr McClelland said they were “over the moon” to have snapped up the one-bedroom, one bathroom 1930s brick and weatherboard house at 86 Johnston St.“The moment we walked in, we knew we needed this house,” he said.“It would be a shame if it was knocked down.”He said a friend of theirs worked at a company that could move the house for them but they still needed to get council approval, which could take months. The home belonged to Patricia Henricksen, who was born in the living room and lived there for most of her life. Picture Glenn Hampson“There will be a lot of work involved (and) there’s a lot of hurdles we’ve got to get through yet,” he said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThe property was home to Patricia Henricksen from the day she was born in the living room in 1935 until it sold at auction last year.Michael Elliss and Cameron Reed of MCM Property Developments snapped it up for $880,000 with plans to build a three-storey unit block.They were reluctant to knock the existing house down but Ms Henricksen’s death earlier this year halted any thought of demolition. Ms Henricksen passed away last month. Picture Glenn HampsonLast month, Mr Elliss offered the home up to anyone who would love it as much as Ms Henricksen did for free as long as they could pay to relocate it, which would cost between $15,000 and $18,000.“I got so many inquiries, I just didn’t expect anything like that,” Mr Elliss said.When he opened the home for inspections, he asked visitors to write a message explaining what they would do to the house.He said Mr McClelland and Ms Webb explained they would restore it to its former glory, which showed they respected the old home.He offered it to them immediately.“I’m really happy,” he said.“It would have been good to keep it on the Coast but at the end of the day, they’re going to look after it.”center_img The one-bedroom, one bathroom 1930s brick and weatherboard house at 86 Johnston St, Southport.last_img read more