Property Where Mummified Body Found Now Open To Buyers

Cleaners found the mummified body of a man inside the Sydney house believed missing for ten years.

The Sydney hoarder house where a mummified body was found will be open to interested buyers for the first time on Saturday.

The three-bedroom, one-bathroom house -- in the leafy Lower North Shore suburb of Greenwich -- is being sold as a "clean slate", according to McGrath Lane Cove real estate agent Karl Ferguson.

"The location of this property, regardless of the history, will naturally draw interest from various groups of purchasers due to the prestigious and convenient location," he told ten daily.

The "unique" property is expected to fetch $1.8 million. Photo: McGrath.

The "history" Ferguson referred to is grisly: earlier this year, cleaners going through the dead hoarder's home found a mummified body wrapped inside a piece of carpet, believed to have been there for ten years.

"A deceased estate presenting a recent interesting history," reads the McGrath listing.

The body was later identified by police as Sydney man Shane Snellman, a petty criminal known to authorities. His death is being treated as suspicious.

The property owner, a man named Bruce Roberts, died of natural causes, but is a suspect in the murder investigation.

Teams have clearly been hard at work on the property, because photos on the McGrath listing show a clean, empty house free from clutter -- although with rather outdated mint green walls, and a garden that could use some TLC.

The house was occupied by a hoarder, Bruce Roberts, who died of natural causes in July 2017. Photo: McGrath.

The property -- a wide 557sqm corner block of land -- is expected to fetch $1.8 million, slightly below the median Greenwich price of $2.5 million.

The listing speaks of a an opportunity to "capitalise on the sweeping city views with a second storey", and boasts of close proximity to rail, ferry, buses and shops, with city views at entrance that will be enhanced with a rebuild.

"One of the opportunities when purchasing a property like this, is that any future owner has the chance to wipe the slate clean and build their dream home, subject to council approval," said Ferguson.

The first inspection at 31 Greendale Street is scheduled to go ahead on Saturday at 12pm. It goes to auction on August 25.

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