The search for a ghost house may be over but for a small community of people living on a remote property on the South Island, it’s still there.
A woman has been given permission to remove her two-bedroom home, and has begun renovating it to the point where she says it’s a “ghost town”.
Key points:The house is believed to be haunted by a ghost who haunts itEvery year the family have spent hundreds of dollars on cleaning and renovationsThe house has been a home for about 30 years and has been used for a variety of activities, from cooking to cleaningThe woman has begun building a second home and says the town is full of lifeThe house was built in the 1920s and was bought for $1,500 in 1968.
“It was the largest home I had ever lived in,” said the woman, who only gave her first name, Anne.
“I’ve lived in this house for 30 years, and I think it’s my last.”
The woman said she has lived in the house for about three years, but only started renovating the property last year.
In recent years, she has been spending thousands of dollars each year on cleaning, renovations and landscaping, she said.
The woman began renovating her property in 2014 after noticing some of the house’s historic features.
“I thought it would be a really good idea to see if I could just take it down and put in something new,” she said, adding she was now working on making it as “modern as possible”.
The woman says she has spent thousands of money on cleaning over the years, including on cleaning the floors, cleaning up old mould, painting, and repairing some of her home’s appliances.
“There’s lots of things we’ve done over the last 30 years that have cost me about $2,000 to fix, and there are still some things I can’t do,” she told the ABC.
She said she was also planning on installing new carpets, new furniture, and replacing some of those old appliances.
The woman told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) that she has also recently started to use the house as a place for community events, such as weddings, birthday parties, or to host a party.
“You could do anything that was traditional, you could do your traditional way of doing things, you’d have a barbecue,” she explained.
Ms Sneddon said she had always wanted to live in the area, but she had no intention of selling her home.
“[But] this is what I love about living in the Southland, and this is how I wanted to do it,” she added.
“We can’t have our own property, and we have to live with our neighbours, but at the same time we can live in a big city.”
The South Island has a large population of about 80,000 people, and the area around the house has also attracted many people to live there.
“Everyone’s very friendly, and that’s one of the reasons why people like to live here,” she noted.
“When I was living in Perth, I couldn’t do anything with my family, I’d have to go out and do my job.”
She added that her house has become a family hub and that she had had to take on extra roles as a cleaner to cope with the high demand for cleaning services.
“Now I can just spend my time with my daughter,” she admitted.
“And I have to put on a brave face, because I can barely live like that.”
The ABC contacted the South Coast Regional Council for comment but did not receive a response.
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