AFL player competes for Brunswick home with ‘awkward’ outdoor toilet

No. 90 Barrow St, Brunswick, sold under the hammer on Wednesday after being held by the same family for six decades.

A dated Brunswick pad with an “awkward” quirk smashed price expectations by $165,000 when it went under the hammer midweek.

Prospective buyers were left with raised eyebrows when they discovered the old-fashioned outdoor toilet at 90 Barrow St, Brad Teal Woodards agent David Thiessen said.

But it wasn’t enough to stop a young gun AFL footballer — Mr Thiessen was tight-lipped about the player’s identity — kicking off the competition with a massive $1.017 million early offer.

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The kitchen had been updated but the rest of the home was unrenovated.

The home was advertised for $860,000-$940,000.

It triggered an early auction, bringing the sale forward from June 5 to Wednesday night, where three bidders competed for the keys and 40 bids pushed the sale beyond reserve to $1.105m.

Mr Thiessen said a young couple snagged the property ahead of the footballer.

“It’s been in the same family for 60 years. The kitchen was updated a few years ago, but the thing that is a bit awkward and has been deterring some buyers is the toilet is outside,” Mr Thiessen said.

Brad Teal Woodards agent David Thiessen said some buyers were turned off by the home’s old-fashioned outdoor toilet.

“The young couple were very excited about it, they’ve been trying to buy in Brunswick for a while.”

The buyers plan to renovate the home, starting with bringing the toilet indoors.

Mr Thiessen said older homes were popular in Brunswick, particularly among those with smaller budgets who were trying to get a foothold in the market.

“Unrenovated properties seem to be very popular because they’re a blank canvas,” Mr Thiessen said.

“We’re getting the weekend warriors that don’t mind renovating.”

Four bidders competed for 25 Henderson Road, Tullamarine, which sold $65,000 beyond reserve on Wednesday.

Four bidders also fought it out for 25 Henderson Rd, Tullamarine, which sold $65,000 above reserve for $865,000.

HPG Estate Agents Pierre Hadchiti said first-home buyers were flocking to the suburb in search of more affordable prices.

“Your entry price into the Airport West area is $1 million, so it’s pushing buyers into that (Tullamarine) area,” Mr Hadchiti said.

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