The Million Dollar Sydney House With No Indoor Toilet

25 Nimbey McGraths screenshot
  • Article by Roland Bleyer
  • March 24, 2015 at 9:02 AM

If anyone needed more proof that Sydney house prices have reached an all-time high, here it is: a fibro cottage without an inside toilet in Narraweena just sold for over a million dollars.

The four-bedroom, renovated 1940s home located at 25 Nimbey Avenue went to auction at the weekend and sold for $105,000 over reserve thanks to stiff competition from six serious bidders. Its final sale price was $1.105 million.

According to the original listing with McGrath Estate Agents in Dee Why, this is the first time the property has been listed in over 70 years. Its prime location, promising interior and backyard were top selling points for the agency.

“Graced with immense street appeal, this original family home is a glorious beachside lifestyle opportunity in waiting,” the sales listing says.

“Its (sic) nestled in the heart of Narraweena’s rich community setting with just 600 metres to Narraweena Public School and Shopping Village.”

The 632sqm property features “vast level lawns”, a single carport and off street parking around the outside of the house, while inside there is a spacious kitchen still painted in retro pale green, with yellow and cream patterned tiles. The listing describes it as “ready to enhance” before moving on to talk about the “generously proportioned bedrooms, two with built-in wardrobes”.

But what really sets this place apart from many others is the fact that there is no indoor access to a toilet. The floorplan shows you can get to a small bathroom off the kitchen, but to go to the actual toilet (and adjacent laundry), you have to go outside.

It’s a quirk that reveals the cottage’s history of having an outhouse, but it didn’t seem to put any of the bidders off at the auction.

According to recent research from Core Logic RP Data, the median house price in Sydney is increasing at a rapid rate, rising 50% in the past five years. While in 2010, the median house price was around $500,000, now it is $750,000. Prices are even higher in sought-after areas like the northern beaches, which probably explains why a house without an indoor toilet can get so much attention now.

Images: screenshot online listing, source: mcgrath.com.au; Screenshot of real estate brochure, source: mcgrath.com.au.

Nimbey brochure
Comments (1)
  • March 25, 2015 at 10:48 AM

    Haha, I can just imagine what house guests would say: “Oh, I have to go outside? Well that’s s**t!” ;)