We bought a house that was abandoned for 20 years – the fridge still had food but the real surprise was under a pillow

A HOUSE renovator who purchased a property that had been abandoned for decades was delighted and disappointed by some of its contents.

The family fridge still had food in it, but the real surprise was found hidden under a pillow.

TikTok user Maggie McGaugh bought a house that has been abandoned for 20 years


TikTok user Maggie McGaugh bought a house that has been abandoned for 20 yearsCredit: TikTok / @maggiemcgaugh
There's a lot of anticipation when she opens the fridge door


There’s a lot of anticipation when she opens the fridge doorCredit: TikTok / @maggiemcgaugh

However, this is no ordinary house conversion story.

by Maggie McGaugh (@maggiemcgaugh) purchase includes everything already in the house.

This includes a fully stocked fridge, table, chair, bed, wardrobe and even all in slippers.

“Last year I bought a fully furnished house that had been abandoned for over 20 years,” she says in her book. parcel.

“This home is next to our holiday home so we know when it’s going to be up for sale,” she explains.

Immediately, she saw potential, bought it, and quickly learned more about its history and why it was abandoned and trapped in time.

“It was owned by the daughter of a rich man who invented part of an airplane engine,” she said.

“He was in poor health, so she built this house to take care of him.

“Unfortunately, he is believed to have passed away after only being here for a few weekends.

“The woman left the fully furnished house, paid the electricity and water bills for over 20 years and never returned.”

Over the years, the house has been cleaned and the yard maintained.

But in the end she decided to donate it to a nonprofit, which later sold it to Maggie.

The house promises a lot and a few surprises.

She grimaced and tried to open the refrigerator: “Yes, the refrigerator is still usable.”

Inside, it was filled with food, untouched for two decades.

All beds are fully furnished with linens and pillows. It was under a hole that she discovered something unpleasant: a dead squirrel.

“Exploring the house is an adventure but renovating it is equally exciting.

“We are getting closer to the final reveal of the finished home,” she said.

Commenters found the setting of the house to be touching.

“What a bittersweet story. The home was built from love, but it has not been seen for 20 years. Thank you for saving a house built with love,” one person said.

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“What a lovely house,” said another.

Another fan was impressed: “It’s great. Lucky too.”

Refrigerator still has food


Refrigerator still has foodCredit: TikTok / @maggiemcgaugh
There's a real surprise under the pillow


There’s a real surprise under the pillowCredit: TikTok / @maggiemcgaugh

Edmuns DeMars

Edmund DeMarche is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Edmund DeMarche joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing edmund@ustimespost.com.

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