Young buyers swoop on Geelong West homes at hot auctions

Melbourne buyers Brandon and Prue emerged successful at a Geelong West auction.

Buyers from Melbourne have snapped up renovated houses close to a favourite Geelong West park.

The properties in Hope St and Albert St were auctioned at the weekend as four out of five houses taken to auction on Saturday, found a buyer.

Four bidders contested the four-bedroom Edwardian era house at 167 Hope St, which sold for $1.46 million, more than $50,000 above the reserve price.

167 Hope Street, Geelong West.

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Behind the auction, Sparrow Park was busy with families and kids enjoying the parkland and play equipment.

Bidding opened on the 608sq m property at $1.25 million.

Auctioneer Dale Whitford confirmed the property was on the market as the price reached $1.405 million.

Auctioneer Dale Whitford called for bids at 167 Hope St, Geelong West.

Buyers Brandon and Prue were emotional after the auction as they didn’t realistically think they would end up with the keys.

“We’re moving from Melbourne,” she said.

“We’re sick of lockdown, we want to get out of it, he said.

“We haven’t got any kids yet bit seems the perfect house for that.

167 Hope Street, Geelong West.

“We just wanted to see this sort of property and just check out the area because we love the park.

“And we walked in and that’s beautiful as well, so we thought we’d have a red hot crack at this. It’s a bit surreal, we didn’t think we’d be right in like that.”

Prue said she lived in Geelong when at university and had friends and family living locally.

Mr Whitford said the flexibility of the floorplan was a feature of the property.

84A Albert St, Geelong West, sold after auction.

“There’s four bedrooms and a big open-plan family room or three bedrooms and two living rooms, so it’s up to you how you use that space.”

Earlier, a Melbourne couple who were the only bidders on a rebuilt three-bedroom house at 84A Albert St emerged as buyers after the property passed in at auction.

The property sold for $1.65 million, McGrath, Geelong agent David Cortous confirmed.

84A Albert St, Geelong West was rebuilt behind the front rooms.

The buyers had placed the sold $1.6 million bid on the two storey house, which had been completely rebuilt behind the original facade.

The four-bedroom house was constructed by Parkview Building and highlights the chic industrial style architecture.

Exposed concrete walls, a feature staircase, European feature lighting and black cabinetry paint a picture of luxe modern living with two separate living zones, including the rear open-plan space that opens to the backyard with a pool. The main bedroom suite is upstairs.

Miner’s cottage: 4 Laira St, Geelong West, sold for $725,000.

Meanwhile a two-bedroom miner’s cottage captured the imagination of three Melbourne buyers, who pushed the price of the house at 4 Laira St $115,000 above price hopes.

The weatherboard cottage on a 199sq m block sold for $725,000.

Barry Plant, Geelong agent Stan Buzza the affordability the property offered in location close to so much drew the buyers, all from Melbourne’s eastern suburbs.

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