The Courier-Mail - - FRONT PAGE - SO­PHIE FOSTER

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 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

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