LEGEND’S HOME SCORES GOAL
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
HOME TRUTHS: JULIA GREEN
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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