An Essendon property which had only hosted one open inspection before the state was plunged into lockdown was snapped up at an online auction that was bought forward by three weeks.
The five-bedroom family home, at 64 Buckley St, went under the hammer via Zoom on Wednesday after considerable interest from locals, who were too eager to wait for the scheduled auction date later this month.
Gathering around their computer screens, three bidders battled it out for the circa 1908 red-brick Edwardian — affectionately named “Roselyn” after its original owner.
The home was called on the market after an opening bid of $2.7 million, before 30 bids took the sale “close to” $3 million.
Rendina Real Estate Kensington director Lou Rendina said it was an “unbelievable” result for his vendors — the locally known Walker family who previously operated a successful bedding franchise in Fitzroy.
Mr Rendina said the family had lived at the two-storey property for over 20 years and were “very emotional” but “pretty pleased” on the day.
“That’s where their kids grew up, there’s a lot of emotional attachment to it but they’ve moved for a sea-change and will give another family an opportunity to grow theirs,” he said.
He said the home was in a “family area” and a “stone’s throw to Essendon Grammar’s junior campus”, which meant it had attracted a lot of interest from local families — one of which ultimately ended up with the keys.
Mr Rendina added that the sale was the first he had conducted over zoom and was finalised from his lounge room, “with my 14-year-old son taking down the bids”.
He highlighted the home’s spacious rooms, family-sized lounge and fireplace as among its best features.
The 701sq m property also boasts 4m high ceilings, a formal sitting and dining room, top-of-the-range kitchen appliances, an outdoor undercover area and large backyard.
Meanwhile in Watsonia, 10 Weatherlake Street also sold at midweek auction.
Ray White Diamond Creek director Narelle King had 20 registered bidders for the humble three-bedroom property, which garnered a $990,500 sale price on Wednesday night.
The home had been marketed as a “mid-century beauty” on a generous 841sq m block within walking distance of cafes and the local train station.
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