Mermaid Beach property family lists landmark shack

7-9 Seashell Ave, Mermaid Beach
Luke Henderson’s family has sold the Mermaid Beach dream for 50 years, but the real estate agent is pragmatic when it comes to listing the landmark shack they have held for most of that time.
The distinctive cottage just steps from the sand in one of Queensland’s most exclusive suburbs will go under the hammer on June 8 for the first time since it was purchased for $53,000 in 1979 by Mr Henderson’s parents, John and Jan Henderson.
The distinctive cottage just steps from the sand
The late John Henderson opened Professionals Mermaid Beach, in 1973, and was regarded as an icon of the real estate industry who gave much back to his local community.
He died in 2021 aged 79, while two of his three sons, Luke and Andrew, have operated the family business since 2007.
Mr Henderson and his brothers grew up in the four-bedroom, one-bathroom shack on an 809 sqm lot at 7-9 Seashell Ave after the family relocated from a smaller property a few streets over.
“At that time a single block was going for about $40,000 and a double block for a bit over $50,000,” he said.
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Mr Henderson said few modifications had been made to the home over the years aside from the addition of a carport.
“Life was a bit more simplistic at Mermaid Beach. When I was growing up there was still plenty of vacant land and houses for sale.
“It was nothing like it is today where finding a single block is hard enough, but finding two blocks of land side by side like this is nearly impossible,” he said.
Mr Henderson said he had been inundated with interest from a diverse buyer pool, but recognised the house itself was likely not the drawcard.
It’s on a rare double block
The paved front terrace
“Let’s be real — the value is in the position and not the structure. I’d be surprised if the house has too much of a lifespan in the eye of the buyer.
“We’ll keep the memories forever but you don’t need to keep the house for that.
“There will be no attachment. The decision has been made and it will be sold,” he said.
Mr Henderson said the cottage’s cheerful yellow trim was a later addition to the home’s original white and green exterior, complete with white picket fence and neat-as-a-pin lawns.
Brothers Luke and Andrew Henderson run the second-generation business, Professionals Mermaid Beach. Picture: Jerad Williams
Two flapoles extend from a paved front terrace, while there’s a retro-style kitchen and carpeted living area, with glass sliding doors leading out to a large grassed yard lined with mature trees.
PropTrack data shows house prices in Mermaid Beach were up 11.3 per cent over the last 12 months to a sizzling median of $3.45m.
Retro style inside

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