Californian bid changes course of Meath auction
A phone call from California changed the course of the sale of a 19.5ac residential holding at a place called Ballygortha, near Summerhill in Co Meath.
The property was withdrawn from auction at €225,000 and sold immediately afterwards for a considerably higher sum to the California based niece of the former owner.
Located 4km from Summerhill and 10km from Trim the land is located around an old bungalow farmhouse with accommodation that includes two bedrooms, a bathroom, a kitchen, a scullery, and a parlour.
Outside is a nice garden while the 19.5ac of land is laid out in small fields intersected with hedgerow.
There are some dated out offices with the property that has limited road frontage.
On the day bidding opened at €200,000 and two bidders in the room took to the fray.
Business was slow and at €220,000 auctioneer Thomas Potterton consulted.
When he returned from the consultation the phone rang and a caller from the state of California drove things to €225,000.