Young couple buys Kids of Macarthur charity house

First home buyers: Couple Mariah Fresi and Blake Short, pictured with realtor Tony Giouzelis, purchased the charity home. Picture: Simon Bennett
First home buyers: Couple Mariah Fresi and Blake Short, pictured with realtor Tony Giouzelis, purchased the charity home. Picture: Simon Bennett

When Christmas rolled around, Mariah Fresi and Blake Short weren't looking for presents under the tree - they were celebrating their brand new house.

The engaged couple, both 24, were the successful buyers of the Kids of Macarthur Health Foundation charity house in Oran Park.

The home was constructed after months and months of volunteer workers put in materials, time and community spirit to help raise funds for sick kids at Campbelltown Hospital.

Ms Fresi said she had no idea that she was looking at a charity home when she first stumbled on the property while searching online.

"Blake and I had been looking for a house for about a year, but only really seriously for the last three months," the Harrington Park resident said.

"I loved the house right away when I saw in online, I was really taken with the quality of the home and it had far exceeded anything we'd seen in that price range to that point. I contacted My Property (the realtors) right away and was anxiously waiting for a time we could go out and see it.

"The agent did a really good job explaining to us how the home was made for charity by volunteers.

"I think that it really made us willing to pay that little bit more, because we know it's going to a good cause."

The home also included a TV, underfloor heating, a fireplace and smart wiring, which also impressed the young buyers.

The pair, who both currently live with their respective parents in Harrington Park, are looking to move into the home in early February.

Ms Fresi said the fact that the profits from the sale of the charity home, which was built by Fairmont Homes and their suite of volunteer local builders, would be used to aid Macarthur children was "an added bonus" to finding their dream home.

"It does make you feel like you're part of doing a good thing," she said.

The house was sold just before Christmas for $732,000.

Kids of Macarthur Health Foundation chief executive Denise McGrath said she was thrilled with the price.

She was happy so many people got behind the project and loved that the new owners were a young couple just starting out in their life.

Construction on the Evergreen Drive home began in July 2019 and finished in December.

Fairmont Homes site supervisor Jacob Taylor coordinated the more than 150 local tradies, suppliers and others helpers who worked on the house.

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