Sunday Herald Sun - - Real Estate - SA­MAN­THA LANDY

THE long­time Port­sea home of late footy and TV leg­end has been hand­balled to new own­ers.

The five-bed­room house at 43 Mac­gre­gor Ave passed in at its Sun­day auc­tion last week­end, but sold a day later to the sole bid­der for an undis­closed price within its $3.5m-$3.8m quoted range.

The buyer was a fam­ily from in­ner Melbourne who would use the house with a ten­nis court as a hol­i­day home, RT Edgar Port­sea agent Ilze Mo­ran said.

She said they’d been drawn to the 2419sq m prop­erty’s po­si­tion near Shel­ley Beach “on one of Port­sea’s best streets” and its lay­out with zones for par­ents and chil­dren.

Richards and wife bought the sin­gle-level pad when it was first built more than 35 years ago, liv­ing there most months, ex­cept dur­ing the foot­ball sea­son.

The cham­pion foot­baller notched 250 games for Colling­wood, cap­tain­ing the club to a premier­ship in 1953.

He went on to be­come a prom­i­nent sports re­porter and reg­u­lar on World of Sport and the Sun­day Footy Show, the lat­ter which still fea­tures pop­u­lar seg­ment “Lou’s Hand­ball”.

Richards died last year, aged 94. His daugh­ters sold the Port­sea prop­erty, as his wife Edna had passed in 2008.

Their daugh­ter, said the home had been a gath­er­ing place for the Richards clan at Christ­mas, Easter and many other oc­ca­sions.

She said her par­ents “dou­bled the size of the house” with an ex­ten­sion. It also had a full ren­o­va­tion last year to dis­play a “so­phis­ti­cated beach style”.

Ms Mo­ran said the prop­erty at­tracted in­ter­est from sev­eral par­ties, all of whom were in the mar­ket for a hol­i­day house.

Mean­while, a buyer snapped up an


In Bar­won Heads, Vic­to­ria, with my hus­band, Adam, our two chil­dren and a labradoo­dle. Our home is a con­crete bunker a short golf-buggy ride to the beach — a big rea­son for mov­ing here. Ju­lia Green is one of Aus­tralia’s best­known in­te­rior stylists. Her com­pany is Green­house In­te­ri­ors, which in­cludes an on­line store 1880s Hawthorn res­i­dence built for Aus­tralian po­lit­i­cal icon at a pri­vate mid­week auc­tion, af­ter a tree branch fell on him at the prop­erty.

“The buyer was walk­ing past and one of the branches fell from a tree and hit him on the head. He said that was a sign that he had to buy it,” Aber­cromby’s agent Si­mon Cur­tain said.

Mr Cur­tain said the his­tory at­tached to the six-bed­room man­sion at 1 Goodall St was ap­pre­ci­ated by four par­ties who bid for it.

The for­mer home of the first Aus­tralian-born Gover­nor-Gen­eral and key Fed­er­a­tion fig­ure surged past its re­serve to an undis­closed fig­ure. It was last ad­ver­tised for $4.65m-$4.9m. WHAT PROP­ERTY DO YOU OWN? Just this house. At one point, we owned (well, the bank owned) three prop­er­ties. But with kids and school fees, we’ve set­tled on the one prop­erty to re­duce the risks. Prop­erty is not our focus right now. It’s more about the se­cu­rity of a roof over our heads and be­ing the best par­ents we can be. And we can deal with prop­erty again one day when the kids move out — which I’m told might never hap­pen! WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR HOME? That it is my ab­so­lute sanc­tu­ary. The mo­ment I pull into our street, I wind down the car win­dows and stick my head out like a dog and in­hale the sea air. I love the ocean — the sound and colours. It as­saults my senses in the best pos­si­ble way. MOST MEM­O­RABLE HOME? The first beach house Adam and I bought, which I have a re­cur­ring dream about at least once a week. Sell­ing it is the only re­gret I have. Our el­dest son learnt to walk on the sand, and each day started with a surf with him in our arms. It was a peace­ful time, a stark con­trast to the pace of life these days. FIRST FOOT ON THE PROP­ERTY LAD­DER? An apart­ment in St Kilda. I

AN apart­ment in a for­mer soap fac­tory ren­o­vated on hit TV show The Block has hit the mar­ket — with­out the re­al­ity tele­vi­sion price tag.

Apart­ment 7 was a shell left­over af­ter the sea­son ason 12 ren­o­va­tion of six other her prop­er­ties in the art t deco build­ing at 164 4 In­gles St, Port Melbourne.

It was pur­chased by two builders from Lieft­ing Merlo Homes mes who trans­formed it over about five months — well beyond the 11 weeks spent by The Block con­tes­tants.

Bek­don Richards Hawthorn di­rec­tor Paul Richards said the prop­erty had the ben­e­fit of be­ing built by two pro­fes­sion­als with­out the pres­sure of a di­rec­tor call­ing “cut”.

“They did a full ren­o­va­tion of the three-level apart­ment in con­junc­tion with The Block plans,” Mr Richards said.

“With The Block his­tory, it has been pretty pop­u­lar.”

There’s also a big price gap be­tween the three-bed­room saved a de­posit by the age of 22, and while my friends were out sink­ing their money on beer, I bought a prop­erty with Adam. I could see rent was dead money. I am also a Cance­rian and home means ev­ery­thing to me. ARE YOU A KEEN OR RE­LUC­TANT PROP­ERTY BUYER? I’ve been both. Adam and I were gung-ho, pre-kids, and now we are far more con­ser­va­tive. BEST PROP­ERTY AD­VICE YOU’VE HEARD? Jump in. Pro­cras­ti­na­tion holds many back. And go hard be­fore kids. That is what set us up, I think. We’ve al­ways bor­rowed pad — on the mar­ket for $1.78m-$1.9m — and Queens­land con­tes­tants and (pic­tured) $2.6 mil­lion win­ning apart­ment from the 2016 sea­son of the reno show. In March, the pen pent­house at No. 6 cr cre­ated by a and h hit the mar­ket with h hopes of mak­ing $2 $2.3m-$2.53m. But it was later withd with­drawn from sale af­ter the te ten­ant made a com­pelling of­fer to re-lease it. Chan­nel 9 paid more than $5 mil­lion for the for­mer J Kitchen & Sons soap fac­tory in March 2016. Mr Richards said 7/164 In­gles St of­fered im­pres­sive fin­ishes through­out, ac­cess to a rooftop ter­race and a kitchen with “the most in­cred­i­ble Miele ap­pli­ances” that opened at the push of a but­ton. “It’s one of the only apart­ments that over­looks the Port Melbourne footy oval — you can watch the footy in bed.” within our means, but did push our­selves hard be­fore chil­dren as we wanted to have one of us at home while they were young. HOW MANY HOMES HAVE YOU EVER BOUGHT AND EVER SOLD? Bought five and sold four. FU­TURE PROP­ERTY PLANS? We’ve been here four years and I’m al­most ready to tackle a new look — my hus­band will break into a rash when he reads this. It’s go­ing to have to be pretty spe­cial, though. We might end up stay­ing here and in­vest in a Melbourne pad and I can get my dec­o­rat­ing fix that way.


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