Woman finds advert for her house from 1937 – when it was worth just £628

Julie Whitaker, 62 discovered the perfectly preserved advert in a drawer of her home – featuring an artists impression of her beloved three-bedroom semi in a local newspaper

A mum-of-three was stunned to stumble across an 84-year-old newspaper advertisement for her own home – listing the three-bedroom semi at £628.

Julie Whitaker, 62, unearthed the well-preserved ad, delicately stored inside a drawer,n in her home of 30 years in Leeds, Yorkshire.

She shared the incredible find, which is believed to have been passed down during the generations since the home was built around 1937.

Julie purchased the house for £60,000 in 1992 – and says she has no intention of selling the beloved family home anytime soon.

The ad appeared in the local newspaper the Leeds Mercury two years before the Second World War when it went on the market for the first time.

It describes the property’s spacious rooms and tiled bathroom as well as tarmac or concrete drive and a ‘choice of fireplace’.

The three-bedroom home was so sought-after at the time that it was the builder’s show home, furnished and decorated to show the public.

The sellers said the house was “available to view day and night”, in a bid to attract viewers.

Interested parties were asked to part with a mere £33 deposit before paying the full £628, which is roughly the equivalent of £45,000 today.

The house was constructed by Gill and Varley Builders, which offered it up for sale.

Now the home’s estimated worth, at £250,000, is a whopping 400 times more than when it sold for the first time in the 1930s.

Julie, who has three adult children and now lives alone, said: “It’s amazing to have this ad because it makes you look back and think how different things were.

“You couldn’t even buy a shed nowadays for £600 but in those days it would get you a lovely brand new house.”

The mum-of-three moved into the house with her children in the early ‘90s.

She said, “it’s been a brilliant home for us”, adding “the ad came with the house and it has been passed down by all the previous owners.

“It’s really nice to get something like with the property, that’s why I kept hold of it.

“I enjoy knowing just a small bit about the building’s history and it’s nice to think of all the other people who lived here over the years.”

Since discovering the listing, she has covered it in a plastic wallet and put it in a frame in order to preserve its quality.

Julie, who works in finance, said she has no intention of selling the house, but that if she ever does she will pass the ad along with the sale.

She added: “I think it’s only right that the ad stays with the house after all these years.

“I just hope the next owners appreciate as much as I do and keep hold of it.”

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