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House swallowed by ivy in prime London location up for auction

Only the front door and downstairs window are visible from the street.

A property completely engulfed by ivy and hidden by overgrown garden greenery is to be auctioned.

The three-bedroom end of terrace property on Ruthin Road, Blackheath in south London – which comes with a £450,000 guide price – will go under the hammer on Tuesday.

Savills Auctions states on its website that the property is “in need of complete modernisation”, and comes with a rear garden of approximately 50ft and a garage.


It also comprises a reception room, kitchen and bathroom, and is close to local shops. But from the street, only the front door and downstairs window of the building are visible – with all other surfaces covered in ivy, including the roof and garden wall.

The upstairs windows of the property are also completely obscured by the extensive plant life, with the large garden shrub also overhanging the entire depth of the pavement.

One neighbour, Julia, a Dublin native who has lived opposite the house for 52 years, said she remembers the former occupant planting the garden flora “quite a few years ago”.

The front door to the property (Victoria Jones/PA

The 82-year-old told the Press Association that the property has “been empty a few months now” and said the house has been swallowed by the plants “for a long time”.

“There were loads of people here yesterday looking at it, and they have been a few times,” she said.

“It was a lovely little house… it is a wonder the neighbours didn’t kick off about it though,” she added. “I would love to see the windows, I bet the curtains are black.”

Property website Zoopla lists the average value for homes on Ruthin Road as £716,667.

:: The house will be auctioned at the Marriott, in London’s Grosvenor Gardens from 9:30am. For more information visit


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