A Ringwood North home on a street likened to that of US comedy drama Desperate Housewives’ Wisteria Lane sold for $1.55m at auction on Saturday.
After a handful of strong bids, followed by a tense pause while the vendors deliberated on whether or not to sell, the hammer fell on the four-bedroom house with a pool.
Initially listed for $1.3m-$1.4m, and called on the market at selling price, 9 Parkwood Rise sold to a man who placed the opening bid.
Downsizers Fi and Ross Laws, who purchased the property 16 years ago, said they “fell in love” with the home and local neighbourhood almost instantly.
“At the time we wanted to upgrade and the pool was a big feature for our two teenage children,” Ms Laws said.
“We do call it Wisteria Lane; our friends call it Wisteria Lane because there’s no through traffic and people walk their dogs down the lane all weekend long. ”
Ms Laws said it was a “beautiful safe area” where everyone knows their neighbour.
“The first Sunday of December we have a Christmas function out on the street and that’s been going since before we were here,” she said.
Mr Laws added that the property backed onto parkland and a football oval, which was essentially an extension of the already well-sized backyard.
Ray White Ringwood agent Reuben Nadarajah said the home was “in the nicest area”. “It’s an exclusive pocket … nobody wants to leave,” he said.
He added that there were “loads of people still wanting to buy” despite the city’s extended lockdown.
“It’s the narrative of FOMO (fear of missing out),” he said.
The Laws’ said that while it would be “bittersweet” to leave their long-term family home, they were excited for their next chapter after recently purchasing a property in Ballarat.
They intend to spend Victorian winters in Queensland or Europe as they ease themselves into retirement.
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