Mike Sheahan: Legendary AFL journo and daughter sell up in St Kilda West

An apartment purchased by journalist Mike Sheahan and his daughter, at 77 Park St, St Kilda West, has sold.

Veteran sports journalist Mike Sheahan and his daughter Lizzy have booted the St Kilda West apartment they bought together about 10 years ago.

The former Herald Sun chief football writer told Property Confidential he helped his daughter, who is now a lawyer, purchase the two-bedroom, one-bathroom abode at 5/77 Park St as a first-home.

She has lived at and paid for the property since, and recently sold after upgrading to neighbouring Middle Park.

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Mike Sheahan pictured with his children. Picture: Mark Stewart

The Park St apartment, where Sheahan’s daughter has lived, had an Art Deco design.

The quaint kitchen.

The Art Deco abode’s sale price is undisclosed but is understood to have been about $800,000.

Sheahan said the home was in the perfect location and a “nice place to start the investment portfolio”.

“I think it’s really important for kids to get a foothold in the market,” he said.

“It’s about 150m from the beach, (intersecting) Cowderoy St has two really nice cafes on it and there’s a park and a tram that runs straight past.”

Sheahan, who lives in Albert Park, said it was nice having two of his children — Lizzy and younger daughter Kate, the football operations manager for Richmond’s AFLW side — in suburbs nearby.

It tops off a big month for Sheahan, who received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to sports journalism that same week.

“It was a big thrill — here I am, an old man meandering through retirement …,” Sheahan said of the honour.

“I was pleased for football, the game. It’s a massive part of many peoples lives.”

The journalist said he was enjoying retirement, despite being “busy”.

“I have four kids and five grandkids, which keep me honest,” he said.

Herald Sun sports journalist Mike Sheahan at his desk on his last day at the paper.

The home has two bedrooms.

Cosy.

The property had one bathroom.

Sheahan started his career at the Werribee Banner before moving to roles across Inside Football, The Age and The Herald.

He became the Herald Sun’s chief football writer in 1993 and stayed at this masthead for 18 years until 2011.

A respected reporter, Sheahan was also a regular on Fox Footy’s On the Couch and hosted his own program called Open Mike until the end of 2020 when he retired.

The charming St Kilda West residence included polished timber floors, detailed plasterwork, high ceilings and stone benchtops close to the beach and local shops.

Marshall White Armadale auctioneer Matthew Grima had the listing.

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