Holland Park West

Touching reason a grandmother didn’t sell her home to the highest bidder

PHOTO: Octogenarian Rosemary Bartlam decided to sell the home she had lived in for more than 50 years in Holland Park West in Brisbane’s south-east after the death of her husband Edward last year.

An elderly widow refused to sell her home to the highest bidder and instead took a lower offer from a young couple who promised to live in the home rather than demolish it.

Rosemary Bartlam decided to sell the home she had lived in for more than 50 years in Holland Park West in Brisbane’s south-east after the death of her husband Edward last year.

But every prospective buyer who showed an interest in the octogenarian’s three-bedroom bungalow intended to bulldoze it to the ground and start over again.

Ms Bartlam eventually sold the property for $705,000 to young couple Madeline Pyke-Moran, 23, and Josh Cawse after they vowed to live in the home and look after her garden.

Rosemary Bartlam (left) sold the home she had lived in for more than 50 years in Holland Park West in Brisbane's south-east to young couple Madeline Pyke-Moran, 23, and Josh Cawse (together right) after they vowed to live in the home rather than demolish it

Rosemary Bartlam (left) sold the home she had lived in for more than 50 years in Holland Park West in Brisbane’s south-east to young couple Madeline Pyke-Moran, 23, and Josh Cawse (together right) after they vowed to live in the home rather than demolish it

Ms Bartlam eventually sold the property for $705,000 - which was lower than the highest bid - to the young couple after vowing not to let the home be demolished

Ms Bartlam eventually sold the property for $705,000 – which was lower than the highest bid – to the young couple after vowing not to let the home be demolished

Their offer was less than the highest bid she received for the one-storey cul-de-sac home but she vowed not to let the home fall into the hands of property developers.

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