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NSW Real Estate: Desperate Sydney homebuyers converting old train carriages into granny flats posted on the 21st September 2016

This week, Ipswich and Logan Granny Flats bring to you a great article on the endless possibilities a granny flat can give you. With property prices rising, many people are seeking alternative housing options by downsizing – or even turning old train carriages into granny flats such as the one seen in this article! It’s inventive, efficient and it’s just another reason granny flats are a fantastic housing solution.

Read and enjoy…

Aidan Devine – Real Estate Reporter | The Sunday Telegraph
September 18, 2016

IT’S THE new trend taking Sydney’s housing boom down a very different track.

Skyrocketing property prices have encouraged inventive homebuyers to take a new ­approach to building a home, converting old train carriages into detached houses, granny flats and guesthouses.

Recent sales show the concept is picking up steam.

A Blue Mountains home converted from a 1929 sleeper carriage sold in June for $286,000, while two carriages joined together on an acreage outside Nowra sold in August for over $500,000.

A 16ha estate near Mittagong in the Southern Highlands sold last week for $2.8 million, complete with a 1910-era train carriage set up as a six-bedroom guesthouse.

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Another home at Dural in Sydney’s northwest has an ­entertainer’s retreat out back built from a decommissioned carriage, which helped the home sell for $2.2 million.

Carriages already have plumbing and wiring and are structurally sound. Prices for unconverted carriages range from about $5000 to $40,000.

The downside is that they are difficult to move. But train converter Fiona Brown, seller of the Mittagong property, said the charm of train living makes it worth the effort.

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“I love trains so the conversion was an interesting project for me,” she said.

Gerrard Smith First National agent Paul Crinis said Ms Brown’s train “attracted a lot of what I’d called dreamers. People like it because it offers something different,” he said.

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