Controversial rugby league star Matt Lodge has invested in a ‘sought-after’ Sydney home that continues to fuel speculation he will join an NRL club nearby.
Lodge continues to be one of the NRL’s most polarising figures after quitting the New Zealand Warriors last week, with an unusual $700,000 pay out from the club despite demanding an early release.
The 27-year-old hasn’t been far from controversy since he was playing in the under 20s competition and is now on the look out for his fourth NRL club after just 91 first grade games.
A hint to where he might end up is his recent purchase of a ‘spacious home is set in an elevated and sought-after position in Bayview’, on Sydney’s northern beaches.
Leading NRL journalist Phil ‘Buzz’ Rothfield first revealed the real estate purchase, while exposing Lodge’s Warriors payout.
According to property records, the Gerroa Ave home sold for $2.5m in December via agency Di Jones – Northern Beaches, which was marketed as a “Charming Pittwater Sanctuary or Savvy Investment,”.
Lodge and his wife Jessica O’Sullivan are listed as the new owners.
It is currently being rented out at $850 per week, down from $1000 per week two years ago.
The couple have two boys, and the Bayview property presents as an ideal home for a growing family.
The two-level, 6-bed, 3-bath home with two garage spots sits on 753 sqm in a quiet cul-de-sa just a street back from Pittwater.
According to Prop Track data, the median house price has skyrocketed 38.1 per cent over the last 12 months.
The Bayview bolthole is around 20 minutes drive from Manly-Warringah’s spiritual home
Brookvale Oval, fuelling speculation Lodge will join the Sea Eagles for the 2023 NRL season.
Nearby Bayview Golf Club is a favourite golfing haunt for Manly players, past and present.
“This spacious home is set in an elevated and sought-after position in Bayview and offers an excellent opportunity for renovating, multi-generational families or savvy investors,” the listing read.
“With two separate accommodation options, plus external studio/office, this home is a smart investment or can easily be converted into a spacious family home with a separate office.
“Located in a prime Bayview cul-de-sac and only a short distance to parks, restaurants, cafes and schools.”
Manly have moved to talk down rumours linked Lodge to Brookvale, but as always the NRL player transfer market is a very fluid one and the Sea Eagles are in need of some size up from with Martin Taupau set to exit the club at the end of the year.
Lodge created headlines worldwide in 2015 when he was arrested after a drunken rampage in New York.
Lodge escaped a jail sentence but was ordered to pay $1.6 million by a civil court as compensation to his victims.
His shock exit from the Warriors was linked to a bust-up with club owner Mark Robinson.
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