THE MYSTERY donor bought the house 30 years ago for just $185,000. When he died he made an extraordinary decision.
A MYSTERY donor with a fondness for dogs has left his waterfront property valued at $3 million to five lucky charities.
The former engineer bequeathed his Russell Lea home of nearly 30 years as he had no immediate family, except for one distant relative.
While the name of one charity set to be a beneficiary of the sale, Aussie Helpers, can be revealed, two of the other charities are well-known for their animal welfare work, with another a major supporter of the homeless.
The older-style brick house is set to fetch considerably more than the last time it sold in 1988 for just $145,000.
The house, on a 518 sqm block, has already attracted plenty of interest and is surrounded by other multimillion-dollar homes on one of Russell Lea’s prime streets.
Aussie Helpers is an organisation that provides financial and emotional support to Australian farmers.
Co-Founder Brian Egan said it was a very generous decision that would help change the lives of many.
“The money will go towards keeping farmers on the land,” he said. “We are very grateful for these people and the help they give.”
Listing agent Adrian Sereni of Warwick Williams Real Estate said it was rare that a home in this location came on the market.
“These kinds of properties are so scarce as it really appeals to the masses,” he said.
With charity auctions like this not coming up as often as he would like, Mr Sereni said it was an honour to sell the house. “These are the ones I would call a career highlight,” he said.
The home at 95 Henley Marine Drive in Russell Lea will be auctioned on November 18.
Originally published as Man leaves $3 million home to charity.
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