It’s a few secret passages short of a spy’s dream lair, but this inconspicuous Queanbeyan house was once home to the family of a young James Bond.
The former home of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service star George Lazenby’s aunt and uncle will go under the hammer this month.
Lazenby moved from Goulburn to Queanbeyan as a young teenager in the early 1950s.
Though Goulburn residents claim Lazenby as one of their own, the actor lived in Queanbeyan for 10 years before he moved to London and established an acting and modelling career.
While living in Queanbeyan he worked as a car salesman and mechanic before serving in the army.
He went on to become Australia’s only James Bond when he starred in the series’ sixth film. He left the franchise after the 1969 release.
Lazenby is now 76 and lives in America, however he has returned to the region, most recently as the guest of honour at last year’s SpyFest in Goulburn.
LJ Hooker Queanbeyan agent Jason Maxwell said the house is being sold by distant relatives of the Lazenbys, the Solomons.
The “imitation brick home” in Queanbeyan was built in the late 1940s and is largely in its original condition.
It features high ceilings, decorative cornices, original carpets and light fittings, however the kitchen has been updated.
The home is marketed on Allhomes as “the perfect start with loads of potential” and geared towards renovators and first home buyers.
Renovators may want to add a hidden tunnel and weapons room if they’re looking to replicate Skyfall Lodge.
The location – a sought-after neighbourhood in walking distance of the town centre – is one of the home’s major selling points, according to Mr Maxwell.
“It’s a two-minute walk to the park, two minutes to the tennis court, two minutes to the main street and three minutes to Woolies,” Mr Maxwell said.
“The street is very popular and tightly held. The next door neighbour has been there since 1949.”
The house is situated on a 752-square-metre block with a large backyard
Mr Maxwell expectedthe home to sell in the high $300,000s to low $400,000s and said it had already received an offer.
He said there was a good chance the home would sell before auction.
Number 37 Stornaway Road, Queanbeyan will go under the hammer on Saturday, May 28, unless sold prior. Aston Martin not included.
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly named Lazenby’s parents as the owners of the property.