58 Minto Crescent Arana Hills floorplan.With the suburb welcoming more people and more development over the years, he said Arana Hills had changed a lot for the better.“There are many more trees and many more birds now,” he said. HOT PROPERTY: This Arana Hills home is on the market now.ARANA HILLS was a very different place when Graham Mannix bought an empty block of land in Minto Crescent in 1967.A big dairy farm was nearby, and there was very little of the recognisable suburbia of today.He paid $1300 for a piece of land, and a further $7076 for the construction of what he described as a basic home. Set for summer.A structural draftsman and builder, Mr Mannix liked to do what he could to the house himself, even if it meant spending a year’s worth of spare weekends to dig and build a pool in the backyard. “The kids were the ones who benefited more than me,” he said.Although the original building had not changed much, he made other big changes including adding a big veranda and a deck at the back of the home and updated the look of inside the home. The unique home was designed by its owner.“My wife and I were very concerned because my repayments were $39 a month,” Mr Mannix said. Wanting practicality over luxury, the original home was about as basic as he could get, in order to keep costs down. “It was just a box — we didn’t even have a kitchen,” he said. Over the coming years he added more to the home to get it to the level he wanted for his family. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours ago Laid-back living.He described the home as one that was ideal for a certain type of person due to the house being built at the back of the property, and other design quirks like the space for several vehicles.“It is unlike anything else in the area,” he said.“Someone will buy it who sees the potential.”The home at 58 Minto Crescent is on the market now for offers over $699,000.