JEFF HORN’S AUCTION KNOCKOUT
COMPETITION TOO HOT FOR CHAMP
FORMER world champion boxer Jeff Horn has thrown his hat into a new ring in a bid to find a multimillion-dollar home for his young family.
Bidders at one of the biggest auctions in Brisbane this year found themselves rubbing shoulders with the boxing star yesterday as hundreds turned out to see the home at 82 The Avenue, Sunnybank Hills, go under the hammer.
While Horn eventually bowed out of the bidding, the stunning five-bedroom, five-bathroom home would have been a step up for his family, who still live in their more modest first home in Acacia Ridge, bought in 2013.
“It (Sunnybank Hills) is a nice area – nice and quiet. It’s very lovely going into the neighbourhood,” he said.
Wife Jo and nine-monthold daughter Isabelle Kate joined Horn at the auction, along with his trainer Glenn Rushton. “There’s a heap of people here, it’s crazy,” Horn said before the auction. “I don’t think all of them are going to be bidding, but are here to have a look. We met a couple of the neighbours.”
Horn said they had inspected the home several times. The features that wowed the family included a fully equipped gym, airconditioning with touchscreen wall panels, a resort-style pool and guest poolhouse and a professional quality cinema.
Bidding started at $2.5 million, with Horn remaining calm as negotiations went back and forth between multiple bidders for about an hour. When the bidding stalled at just more than $3 million, Horn decided to throw in the towel. Horn said his family would “definitely” keep looking for a new home and, while he loved the Sunnybank Hills area, he was keen to find property “anywhere around here”.
Real estate agents Tom Zhang of Yong and Kevin Chiu of Place have several negotiations under way with interested parties, but would not discuss who they were. The house was formally passed in at $3.35 million, with negotiations ongoing.
Sunnybank Hills is classed by realestate.com.au as a high demand market, with the median house price above the Greater Brisbane median priceat $676,500. One in five homes in the area are owned by older couples and families.
AUCTION APLENTY: Jeff Horn with daughter Isabelle, 9 months, at the Sunnybank Hills home and (inset from left) with wife Jo at Acacia Ridge; the huge crowd yesterday; and the pool area. Main icture: AAP/David Clark