Family is often a big drawcard for people relocating from Melbourne, but the move is a whole lot sweeter with the right property.
A renovated four-bedroom house at 30 Crofton St, Geelong West, sold as negotiations advanced the price $70,000 after the property had passed in at auction.
The buyers were the only bidder for the weatherboard house at $1.26m but eventually paid $1.33m after Hodges, Geelong West agent Jeff Begg had closed Saturday’s auction.
The purchaser will bring the buyers close to home.
“The buyers were originally from Geelong, moving from Melbourne to be closer to family after living in Melbourne for 30 years,” he said.
“It’s nicely renovated. She loved the fact it was north-facing at the back and the home office was a massive bonus for them.”
Mr Begg said the position made it a quintessential inner city home.
“It’s just up the street to the amenity in Shannon Ave and not very far from the popular Pakington St.
“You can down the road for a coffee, grab a newspaper and if you want to entertain the kids and go and buy the groceries.
“It’s all at your fingertips – all within walking distance.”
The house its on a 390sq m block and was rebuilt after a major renovation completed about eight years ago.
Behind the heritage-style facade, the resplendent four-bedroom house has a substantial living area at the rear.
High ceilings, timber floors and plenty of light give the open-concept kitchen and living rooms a warm feel.
The island bench and timber trim add a lovely contrast to the white kitchen with its abundance of cupboards. High-quality, stainless-steel appliances are sure to impress the keen cook.
Meanwhile, a family selling up after eight years in Hamlyn Heights leave as the value almost doubled in their tenure.
Mr Begg said the owners had loved the home at 4 Heather St when they purchased in 2014 and had maintained the property well in that time.
“The pleasurable thing was that we had sold it to them in 2014, so we knew the house inside and out,” Mr Begg said.
“The sellers were a lovely family, the kids had grown up so they were downsizing.”
But every door closed opens another to a new buyer and a family leaving inner-city Melbourne will walk in after securing the home for $860,000 after auction.
“It sold after negotiation to a young family that had seen on the Thursday prior to the auction,” he said.
“They fell in love with it and had just sold up in Richmond and have got family in country Victoria.
“It was appealing because of the five bedrooms. The other big appealing factor was the tree-lined street and the location.”
Mr Begg said a lot of buyers were now seeing value in Hamlyn Heights’ quality streets.
“It’s proximity to the schools and Vines Rd and you’re still close to everything that Geelong West has but it’s a more accessible price range,” he said.
Hamlyn Heights median house price hit $760,000 last month, a 22 per cent rise in a year, PropTrack data shows.
“More and more people coming to Geelong see value not in the outer suburbs, but in Herne Hill, Hamlyn Heights and Manifold Heights more so now than ever.
“People are getting into the 1950s weatherboard homes and spending a bit of money.”
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