A teacher turned builder will donate the profits of this house sale to Compassion


A HOUSE built to raise funds for those less fortunate than most is heading to the market.

Retired schoolteacher Alan Short has been the builder at Tetratheca Drive’s House of Compassion in Kingston.

He said he had been a supporter of Compassion Australia for a long time, and building and selling this chic house will help provide water and sanitation for people living in a developing country.

“Clean, fresh water is the greatest need in these countries,” he said.

“The sale of this house will help four villages in Ethiopia.

“The more we can make off the sale of the house, the more help we can be.”

While teaching was his full-time job, Mr Short has always built a house or two each year.

The House of Compassion is his first for charity.


Mr Short said by taking on a project like this, he was able to encourage 20 to 30 others to come on board — from Clennett’s Mitre 10 at the start, to StrathAyr at the end.

“A lot of people, just driving past, saw what we were working on and offered their assistance,’’ he said.

“People have donated their time, materials, everything we have needed.”

The three-bedroom house is double-glazed and faces north, offering jaw-dropping mountain views at the rear.

It was built in a new-homes area in Kingston on a level allotment.

Petrusma Property is handling the sale.

Managing director Sam Towns said the house was a very saleable product. He described the details as immaculate.

“I love the full panoramic views of the mountain, the pitched roof, the unique light fittings, the Italian appliances in the kitchen and really generous bathrooms,’’ he said.

“Everything in this house is exquisite.”

Mr Towns said Petrusma supported a number of charitable organisations, including this one, where the company is selling the property without charging a fee.

Mr Short said he was hoping to make more than $100,000 on the sale to give to Compassion Australia.

as seen on realestate.com.au

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