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Random Rental: Apartment with a dark past

13 July 2015 Jay Garcia

Imagine trying to explain to potential tenants that the property you’re showing was the scene of a brutal murder?

Imagine trying to explain to potential tenants that the property you’re showing was the scene of a brutal murder?

The former Melbourne home of interior designer Stuart Rattle has just hit the rental market for $580 per week after it was rebuilt following a fire used to cover up Mr Rattle’s death.

The one-bedroom apartment (see below), which is behind a shopfront, is where Mr Rattle’s long-time partner Michael O’Neill murdered him in 2013 – and then continued living with his corpse for five days.

The apartment’s grisly past did not deter investors, who bought the shopfront and apartment at auction for $2.05 million in April.

Featuring an ornate skylight, built-in coffee machine and prime location on Malvern Road, the apartment’s restoration has gone a long way to separate the property from its morbid history.

(Image: Thomson Real Estate)

(Image: Thomson Real Estate)

(Image: Thomson Real Estate)

(Image: Josh Robenstone)

Random Rental: Apartment with a dark past
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