澳洲Australia property Battleaxe block - issues to be aware of?


在澳大利亚 I need some advice regarding a property purchase. Property - semi-detached house Bedrooms - 2 Condition - average needs internal reno to modernise Street - one of the best in suburb Location - excellent Close to schools - yes Transport - 50m The pool at of an IP needs to be resurfaced (or so the pool doctor says), the cost was estimated to be $10K ($10,000), after recoverying from my impresssion of a cat coughing up a fur ball, it just seems far too much. Its just a standard poo


We are looking at a potential PPOR on a battleaxe block.

The value of the purchase is in the land content, 395sqm, there's a daggy duplex on top but the price I'd say is block value.

The price actually is a bit lower than comparable block sizes in the area. Perhaps because it's a battleaxe block.

Is there anything specifically I should be aware of with purchasing a battleaxe block? We are not looking at developing, but I'm interested in how the shape of the block affects the value of it. The block becomes quite skinny towards the back.

Thanks.  

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Look for location of easements, I once found a nice house on a battleaxe, then I saw that the house was built between a stormwater easement and a sewer easement, making extending a very expensive thing to do.  

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Also check who has to pay to maintain the access handle to the property.  

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Battleaxe isn't a problem per se as long as it is a nice property. But you will generally get a lower value because people pay more for street frontage.  

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What is an access handle  

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eggnog said: ↑
What is an access handleClick to expand...
A battle axe is a block of land that has a large rectangle that is accessed by a narrow strip of land. This is the 'access handle' because it looks like the handle of an axe.  

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So why do you have to find out who has to maintain theaccess handle. Wouldn't the owner of the block be the owner of the handle and so have to maintain it  

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Not necessarily. Sometimes the handle is not part of the land but is just an easement instead. So it gets a bit more complicated.  

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Aaron_C said: ↑
Not necessarily. Sometimes the handle is not part of the land but is just an easement instead. So it gets a bit more complicated.Click to expand...
And sometimes there are two battleaxe blocks side by side who share a common driveway, so there is shared right of way and burden of maintenance!

Fun fun fun.  

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we looked at purchasing a battleaxe block, where each property owned 1/5 of the driveway. (divided longways, to ensure everyone had right of access).
thats a lot of people to agree on repairs/ maintenance which, in this case, were desperately needed.  

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