This roofless shell, which has been sold at auction, was previously owned by the so-called Mole Man – an elderly eccentric who dug out a labyrinth of tunnels up to 8m (26ft) beneath the house.
At just over £1.1million you might expect a decent size basement.
They’ve all been filled in since William Lyttle was evicted six years ago but his legacy remains: the new owners have named the plot the Mole Hole.
It was sold with permission for two new houses after stiff bidding saw the guide price of £750,000 outstripped.
When the site is developed, the occupants will enjoy the benefits of living in a conservation area in a trendy part of Hackney, north London.
Their new neighbours are unlikely to suffer a repeat of their experiences with Mr Lyttle, who was blamed for holes appearing in the pavement and regular power blackouts.
The retired civil engineer began by digging a wine cellar and went on to bore out 18m (60ft) long tunnels.
After he was shown the door, engineers had to remove 33 tonnes of debris, including three cars and a boat, from under the building before they could fill in the tunnels with concrete.
The house was sold by receivers for Mr Lyttle, who died in 2010.
The buyers did not want to give their name but a spokesman said: ‘They are very pleased with the property.’
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