They bought the block of land with just £3000 ($5468.63AUD).
That was back in the 1960s, when Pat and Norma Mulheran set out to build their family home at 14 Walkers Drive, Balmoral.
Following Mr Mulheran’s death last year, the house is up for sale for the first time in its history.
The agent marketing the property, Steve Yates of Place New Farm, said Mr Mulheran’s family has lived in the suburb for more than a century, and Mr Mulheran’s blood, sweat and tears went into building the lowset brick house.
“He actually dug the foundation by hand,” Mr Yates said.
The couple raised two children in the home and were well-known in the southeast Brisbane community.
“Pat Mulheran was one of the founding members of the Balmoral Cycling Club and he and a bunch of friends built a track by hand at Hawthorne Park to ride bikes on,” Mr Yates said.
“He and Norma, his late wife, were very involved in the Parish of Saints Peter and Paul, and did a lot of community work.”
Whether the house will be renovated or detonated will be up to the highest bidder at the auction this weekend.
“It’s a bit of a time capsule inside,” Mr Yates said.
“We’ve had some interest from people potentially renovating it and some looking at knocking it down.
Mr Yates said the block was “one of the best” sites to build on due to its 20m frontage.
“There’s really wide frontage, no trees, no easements and very little slope.”
He said the block had “lovely breezes” and was close to local schools and the Oxford St hub.
The house will go to auction on-site this Saturday, at 4pm.