Mysterious overgrown home abandoned for 40 years up for sale - but there's a catch

The abandoned home has been reclaimed by nature
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A woodland home in Staffordshire which has been left untouched for 44 years, is set to be auctioned with a starting bid of £140,000. The property, believed to have been owned by a woman in the 1980s, was inherited by two brothers "who went into a home", according to local residents.

Photographs of the house show it almost entirely engulfed by nature, with red outlines marking the barely visible structure amidst the foliage, leaving only fragments of a doorframe and brickwork exposed.

After four decades of neglect, the two-bedroom house in Norbury, near Stafford, is finally going on sale at an auction, carrying a guide price of £140,000.

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A neighbour, who has lived opposite the derelict property for 27 years, shared with the Mail: "We know it's there. We moved to the village 27 years ago, and it's been like that since we moved here. So, a long time. At least 27 years. More because it was overgrown then.

"The story I heard was that it was possibly owned by two brothers who went into a home. That's all I know."

Another local recounted: "The last lady to live there died in 1980 and is buried in the churchyard. She rented it to two bachelors. But I haven't seen them for ages, they used to attend church.

"It's a bit of a mystery. I don't know if the last one has died and the estate is up for sale. Local builders have tried to buy it over the years. They were living somewhere towards Stone.

"It's a commuter village. Lots of builders have tried to buy it but were refused. It's on the market for £140,000, but there's no utilities in there as such."

Auctioneers have warned potential buyers that "there will be no viewing" of the property due to its dilapidated state and overgrown vegetation. The property, in need of significant modernisation and redevelopment, is set to go under the hammer on June 21.

The detached house, measuring a modest 448sq ft and sitting on a 0.30-acre plot, boasts three reception rooms on the ground floor and two bedrooms upstairs. The exterior features a wrap-around garden, currently obscured by dense shrubbery.

In a statement, the auctioneers described the sale as "A unique opportunity to bid on and buy a plot in a popular location. This land and house is ideal for investors, builders and developers."

The property, listed by Higgins Drysdale, Chichester, has a guide price of £140,000 for the auction.

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