Around 76 years ago, Tom and Jean Cheetham purchased their very first home in Sydney, Australia. The two have lived there ever since, building up a priceless library of memories. That isn’t the only thing special about this house, however. These two never once renovated the home. So it’s just like it was back in 1938 when they first purchased it!
The two decided to finally put their precious home up for sale as they move into a nursing home at the ages of 103 and 100! Over the amazing 76 years they lived there, they raised their family and had their grandchildren and even their great-grandchildren visit. The house was full of memories for the old couple.
When hopeful buyers walked into the home, they were absolutely shocked by what they saw. The house was immaculate and exactly how it was when the house was sold 76 years ago. It was like the house was still back in the 1930s! The carpets and even the appliances were still as they were in the 1930s. Even minor details were kept in pristine condition. It was as if the buyers had walked into a timewarp.
When Tom and Jean originally bought the house, they needed to take out a loan to pay for the mortgage. Their loan lasted roughly 20 years before they could pay it off, but in the end it was worth it. The couple were in absolute love with the house and they weren’t giving it up for anything.
Amazingly the kitchen was still in its original condition. Visitors, including curious neighbors, were absolutely shocked to see how well maintained the house was. Tom and Jean treated their home with the utmost respect and care and every buyer who walked through the home could see it.
The area where the home was located had seen its fair share of renovations over the decades, yet the Cheetham home remained in its original condition. The home has a truly unique charm because of it.
The couple were asked for love advice, since it seemed the two had figured out true love. Tom only responded by saying that couples just don’t seem to stay together anymore. Tom remained committed to his wife throughout their life together. As she grew frail and lost mobility, Tom began doing all of the housework and yard work. Even up until the sale of the home, Tom could be seen outside mowing the lawn keeping it in fantastic condition. However, the couple decided it was time to go to a nursing home and finally relax and put the home up for sale.
Below you can see the happy couple sitting on their couch before the home was sold. You can see the two are still happy as when they first met. True love like this is so rare that it beggars belief.
The only changes the couple ever did to the home when they owned it for over 76 years, was put a garage in underneath the front of the home and filled in the veranda outside. None of the inside of the home was ever changed. The couple were dedicated to keeping it the way it was when they fell in love with it.
The home was sold via an auction. After an intense bidding war with over 22 bids, an anonymous woman purchased it for 1.6 million dollars! Unfortunately we do not know how much the house was sold for originally, but it’s probably a safe bet that the sale of the house will allow this couple to relax in their nursing home.
What do you think? Could you keep a home in this immaculate condition for 76 years? Would you renovate the house if you bought it at the auction? Do you think Tom is right that too many couples break up too easily? Be sure to tell us down below!