Greenwich property where mummified body found rolled in carpet relisted as building site

Cleaners at the Greenwich house where a mummy was discovered.


The Greenwich property where a dead body was found rolled in carpet and surrounded by mounds of hoarded rubbish has come up for sale again as a development site.

The property on Greendale St had been the home of serial hoarder Bruce Roberts who died in 2017 and was alleged to have kept the corpse of intruder Shane Snellman on the property for years.

The house has since been demolished after selling in 2018 for $2.07 million and the 617sqm block returned to the market this week with DA approval for a luxury house.

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The property is scheduled to go to auction in May with a price guide of $2.25 million.

Listing agent Karl Ferguson of McGrath-Greenwich said the property was well known in the area and neighbours were getting excited about the sale.

“It’s one of the few instances I know of where neighbours are actually excited something might be built near them,” he said. “There were certainly no tears when the property was knocked down.”

The house was knocked down and is selling as a development site.


The current owners are based overseas and are selling the home partly because travel restrictions have limited their ability to finish the build, Mr Ferguson said.

The current sale price was based on comparable land sales in the area and reflected demolition costs and the current DA approval for a luxury, architect-designed house, he added.

“There were a lot of unknowns with the property the last time it sold but those have gone now,” he said.

Mr Ferguson, who was also the agent for the property when it sold in 2018, said every buyer who made an inquiry in 2018 wanted to knock the property down.

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The hoarded items filled about 30 trucks, according to cleaners.


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The house sold for $2.07 million in 2018.


“There was a substantial ick factor to the sale, a big chunk of buyers didn’t even want to go in (to the house),” he said.

Forensic clean up specialist and Hoarder Clean Up founder Chris Burgess was part of the team called in to clean up the property in 2018 and said it was one of the biggest jobs he ever did. “It was a really creepy place,” Mr Burgess said.

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It took cleaners three weeks to clean the house.


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The 2018 auction attracted a big crowd.


The clutter took three weeks to clear and amounted to about 30 truckloads. Members of his team wanted holidays after it finished, he said. “We just needed a break.”

Investigations are still underway into the incident but police theorised Mr Snellman broke into the home and was later shot. There was also evidence of trauma.

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