TOMORROW’S auction of the Taj on Swan super block in Peppermint Grove has been cancelled at the 11th hour.
After initial speculation the 6582sq m block had been sold, LJ Hooker agent Viven Yap confirmed the auction would not take place and she was in the process of negotiating.
In April, the Western Suburbs Weekly broke the story that the controversial site would be auctioned on May 27, after Ms Yap said there had not been enough genuine interest from buyers.
The block has stood vacant since October, when the partly built $70 million mansion was demolished after a six-year battle between owners Radhika and Pankaj Oswal and the Australian Taxation Office.
When it did not sell for its $20 million asking price it was subdivided into six lots earlier this year, with asking prices from $3.9 million to $4.2 million.
A Bay View Terrace resident who has followed the superblock saga for years said he hoped the block would be sold soon.
“It would be nice to see houses back there, instead of the unsightly mansion that was totally out of character for our neighbourhood,” he said.
“If it’s sold privately that’s all well and good, but we’d like to see something that suits the character of the area, back in place as it was before and always should be.”