AFL star Heath Shaw has cashed in more than $1.6 million on his old Kew East pad and subbed in good mate Alan Didak to sign the deal in his absence.
The GWS veteran and former Collingwood defender was not in town to watch the house he renovated and extended soar to $1.655 million under the hammer, according to his agent.
Instead, ex-Pies teammate Didak was on hand to ink the agreement — worth $55,000 more than the reserve, Marshall White, Boroondara’s Chris Barrett said.
The auction was among 1122 scheduled across Melbourne this week, with CoreLogic recording an early clearance rate of 72 per cent.
Shaw lived at the four-bedroom house at 27 Elm Grove during the second half of his time at the Magpies and kept it as an investment since moving north.
Marshall White quoted $1.4-$1.54 million for the property, which attracted bidding from four young families for its proximity to quality education options and parklands.
Bids narrowed from $25,000 to $10,000, and eventually just $1000 and $2000, before the hammer fell.
Buyer Hasitha Dharmasena said “the schools around” for his young son were the main drawcard.
Green Acres and Kew golf clubs also surround the home — something Shaw particularly enjoyed during his time there.
CoreLogic records show the property last sold for $750,000 in 2008.
In Abbotsford, Channel 9 newsreader Alicia Loxley signed off on the home she had shared with her husband and two children with a $1.2 million deal.
Biggin & Scott, Richmond, director Andrew Crotty said the property was on the market at $1.1 million and two first-home buyers competed for the keys.
“Abbotsford was what they were after and the buyer loved that it was a single-fronted brick Victorian which had been done up but there was scope to further improve,” he said.
The two-bedroom property features a cathedral ceiling, bi-fold doors and large windows in the living spaces.
And in Thomastown, a five-bedroom house at 82 Spring St fetched $800,000, reported Advantage Property Consulting director Frank Valentic.
He attributed demand in the suburb to “the ripple effect, as people can no longer afford Preston and Reservoir.”
“Three upsizing families all fought it out for the keys. It sold right on reserve after passing in at $775,000,” he said.
“Spring St is not a bad location, not far from Thomastown train station, shops, schools and the aquatic centre.”
Mr Valentic added the property last sold for $272,000 about 13 years ago.
— with Ming Haw Lim
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