In 2017, a man was looking for love in a house that he said had been abandoned for two decades.
The man, who asked to be named only as Mark, says he’s had a number of offers for years but had always turned them down.
“It was pretty frustrating,” he said.
Mark’s house is in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD, and has been vacant for a number as long as it has existed.
He’s had several offers over the years, including from people interested in buying it.
But last year, he received an email from a person claiming to be from the City of Brisbane and offering a $50,000 offer for the property.
For Mark, it was a great deal.
It was nice to see a property that’s been vacant and has a nice little community,” he told News.au.
A few days later, he was approached by a man in a white t-shirt and black jeans who offered $50 million for the house.
Despite the offer, Mark said he didn’t want to sell it.
He was a bit shocked when he received the letter saying they were offering him a $100,000, and a $250,000 bonus.
Mark says he doesn’t have any children, and is not interested in a family home.
He’s also not interested to buy the house in the first place.
We can’t sell the house, we can’t let someone else have the house,” he explained.”
I’m not looking for a family house.
It’s a piece of land that’s owned by the state.”
He believes the offer could have come from the Brisbane City Council, which owns the property, or the City Council itself.
“They have the right to buy it and I would love to be able to buy a piece and put it into my own hands, so I can actually own it,” he added.
In the meantime, Mark’s not willing to sell the property either.
Instead, he’s going to try to find a buyer.
While Mark’s hoping he’ll be able get the money from a potential buyer, he has some other plans for the $50m that he thinks he’ll have.
“Maybe I’ll buy a house on the beach and turn it into a swimming pool,” he laughed.
After months of searching for a buyer, Mark and his girlfriend have now decided they want to buy their own house.
“It’s something I want to do, it’s something that I want a little bit of control over, and we’ve already got the funds, so that’s just going to take us to where we want to go,” he revealed.
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