Olympian’s ‘uninhabitable’ house on the Gold Coast to go to auction

54 Braewood Drive, Currumbin Valley
The Gold Coast home of a former Olympian will go to auction, but the property has been deemed ‘uninhabitable’ after a wall of water swept through Currumbin Valley in 2022.
The acreage property at 54 Braewood Drive was the home of Aussie swimmer Allan Wood until he passed away at 79 in October last year.
Wood, a three-time Olympic medallist, competed in the 1960 and 1964 Olympics, swimming alongside the likes of Murray Rose, Bob Windle and John Konrads.
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1962 Empire Games swim relay team. (from left): Bob Windle; Murray Rose; Allan Wood; and Tony Strahan. Supplied.
After retiring from swimming, he went on to become a coach, later moving to Currumbin Valley where he used to breed horses.
His former home is now being sold as a deceased estate, with the water damaged house, sheds and carports on 10.05ha going to auction on April 26.
The house has been gutted, with listing photos showing that walls have been removed, flooring has been ripped and a basic shell remains.

“The home was water damaged 18 months ago by a downhill flood which has placed the property almost beyond repair,” the listing by Harcourts Coastal agent David McCarthy says.
“Being an insurance issue, the home has been deemed uninhabitable since that time.”

The pool remains in its “original state and may be redeemable subject to council approval”.
Palm trees planted on the property will also have to be removed if the new owner wants to restore the “amazing valley views”.

Bound by a creek on the southern side, and fenced on the north and west boundaries, the property also has two carports and two sheds, including one with power and water.
“The property is expected to attract appeal to anyone who is prepared to roll up their sleeves and have a go in restoring this beautiful and large tropical Valley oasis,” the listing says.
Currumbin Valley flooding in 2022. Facebook.

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