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December 09, 2011
FANCY living or working in a former bikie den? Here's the perfect opportunity for you.
The Bandidos clubhouse in Petersham is up for sale or lease, and comes complete with a spa bath and plush bathroom.
Around the corner, the former Hells Angels clubhouse, which was firebombed two years ago at the height of the bikie wars, is being reinvented as four residential flats.
Despite what they call in real estate speak their "colourful histories", which includes police raids, the two properties boast a high exposure in an excellent location close to public transport.
Real estate agent George Danilidis would not say why the Bandidos had moved out of the Parramatta Rd clubhouse, but he said the owners are investors who are selling up or looking for a new tenant.
"The building has had a few different businesses in it over the few years, not just the Bandidos," Mr Danilidis said.
He said the building was newly renovated, in top condition without a cent needing to be spent and would suit a discerning buyer or tenant.
It is understood that the Bandidos have shifted their base to a nearby tattoo studio.
Sources within the gang said dwindling membership numbers due to people "patching over" to other clubs was partly behind the decision to relocate.
Before the bikies moved in and renovated the place, the building was used as a printing shop and a photography studio.
Police raided the clubhouse in 2009 after an under-age party was held inside and teenagers as young as 13 were caught drinking alcohol.
Officers from Strike Force Raptor launched an investigation into the party, where many teenagers were found to be heavily intoxicated.
A large amount of alcohol was seized and confiscated.
The clubhouse has been searched by police on other occasions as part of their ongoing crackdown on outlaw motorcycle gangs.
Meanwhile, in Crystal St the former Hells Angels headquarters is being converted into four flats which will be put up for lease, said Montano Realty's Peter Montano. He said the owner wanted no publicity.
The state government is still pondering what to do about the bikies after the High Court last year threw out its new law aimed at outlawing motorcycle gangs and banning members from associating with one another.
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