Moonee Ponds auction: ex-Essendon footballer Joel Reynolds sells home

Joel Reynolds

Ex-AFL footballer Joel Reynolds sold his 44 Margaret Street, Moonee Ponds, home at auction on Saturday. Picture: Jake Nowakowski

Birthday celebrations kicked off early for a young Pascoe Vale South couple who won the keys to ex-Essendon footballer Joel Reynold’s Moonee Ponds home.

None were more surprised than the happy couple themselves, with the buyer — a 27-year-old man who asked not to be named — telling the Herald Sun he didn’t even like the home when he first saw it.

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Five bidders competed for the renovated Victorian-style home.

High ceilings with ceiling roses were a feature.

The kitchen had been updated.

“We’ve been to four or five auctions where we’ve been serious. And this auction, we weren’t serious and it just sort of fell to us,” he said.

“We came for an inspection and I didn’t like it, but we came today and we came with an open mind and we just love the location so much.

“Some things are just meant to be, we just went for it.”

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Charming fireplaces gave the home a yesteryear charm.

An attic bedroom could double as a studio or home office.

The couple beat four other bidders to snare the renovated three-bedroom Victorian-style home at 44 Margaret Street, which Reynolds — grandson of Essendon legend Dick Reynolds — bought in 2004.

The auction kicked off at $1m. The home was declared on the market at $1.15m before the hammer fell at $1.155m.

The bathroom is filled with natural light thanks to a skylight.

The buyer said while he may carry out initial cosmetic updates, he planned to move in and “just enjoy” the home before undertaking further renovations down the track.

His 25-year-old girlfriend, whose birthday is next week, said she was elated with the purchase.

“He kept saying, ‘What do you want for your birthday?’ I said, ‘a house’,” she said.

Reynolds said he was “reluctantly” selling as he wanted to move to the other side of the city to be closer to family. He wished the new owner the best of luck.

Plenty of room for entertaining in the low maintenance backyard.

“Being close to footy training was good at the time — Windy Hill is just down the road,” he said.

“It’s close to the train station, supermarket. All the amenities were literally at my door. “

Jellis Craig’s Aaron Leask told the 60-strong auction crowd the home ticked “a lot of boxes” for both investors and owner-occupiers.

He said the home’s location and interior highlights, including high ceilings, a large entrance hallway and a loft bedroom in the attic, combined with its second-to-none location near shops, cafes and the Maribyrnong River made it a special find.

”If this was an insurance policy, it’d be a triple-A rating,” Mr Leask said.

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