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Rare chance to buy ritzy house with murderous past

Rare chance to buy ritzy house with murderous past

A ritzy home on the water of one of Brisbane’s most fabulous suburbs has hit the market, but it’s dark, murderous past has continued to haunt its walls.

What was once a party house filled with socialites on the banks of the Brisbane River, turned into a murder scene in the 1950s when Hamilton resident Sylvia Joyce Clare Ferguson was convicted of the murder of her rich husband Roy Ferguson.

The idyllic four bedroom Spanish-style home sits at 2 Grays Road, Hamilton, was a sight then and even now it continues to hold against the multimillion-dollar estates that surround it in the blue-chip suburb.

With views of the river, city and Story Bridge – it’s not wonder why this listing is believed to go as quick as it possibly can.

A True Crime episode by The Courier-Mail’s Kate Kyriacou explored the deep mystery of the little blue house, saying that Roy and his brother Jack owned pubs near Newcastle and Forbes, a poultry farm in Charleston, New South Wales and other properties, as well as directorships in various companies including breweries.

Mrs Ferguson was a simple barmaid in Newcastle when she met Roy.

They eventually settled down with each other and moved into the waterfront home in Hamilton, Brisbane.

The scandal began when she was jailed along with her lover and a friend over Mr Ferguson’s murder.

She protested her innocence from prison years later.

The home retains so much charm with a library and multipurpose room, indoor living and entertaining space as well as a living room with a fireplace.

The master suite has its very own floor with ensuite, a separate powder room, walk in robe, a living area and a balcony looking out over some of the best river views in Brisbane.

The home last sold over 15 years ago and was described as being “like nothing else you will find on the market”, realestate.com.au wrote in the listing.

“Boasting a character facade and traditional interior with decorative ceilings, beautiful timber floors, stained glass and classic chandeliers throughout, this is an exclusive offering with endless opportunities to make this home your own.”

The property is set to go to auction on Saturday March 20 at 10am.