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Snowtown bank and house up for sale

Author: Liza Kappelle Source: AAP
Monday 20th February 2012

For sale: One good, solid four-bedroom home with the infamous Snowtown bank attached.

The property is about to go on Ebay, touted as a good family home in a quiet South Australian town, says Nigel Christie, sales director of Hale Real Estate in SA.

There will be scant mention of its past, in line with Ebay policy on murder memorabilia, he said.

Mr Christie says the listing will mention the property has links to illegal activity and that prospective buyers can contact him for more information.

The disused bank at Snowtown, about 140km north of Adelaide, became infamous after police discovered eight mutilated bodies in barrels inside the vault of the bank in 1999.

Mr Christie says the current owners bought the property in 2006 - despite initial reservations about its past - and the family has been living in the home and using the bank office space for music and games.

"It is just a quiet little town that would make an ideal place for a family or a rental opportunity," Mr Christie told AAP.

"It would be ideal as an investment, because you could rent out the business premises plus the home.

"These people use it (the bank office) as a games room, and they used to jam in there with their band."

The bank office and the vault can be seen in two scenes in Snowtown, a movie about the three serial killers who were jailed for life over the murders of the people whose bodies were found in the barrels and three others who were buried elsewhere.

Mr Christie said the house will be on Ebay for a 30-day auction.

He said he had been told the property would also make an ideal bed and breakfast business, with a "come and stay here if you dare" theme.

The property will also be advertised locally, with open inspection times yet to be confirmed.



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