Bark­ing mad pet ban

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - REALESTATE -

A NEW YORK loft-style apart­ment in Cam­per­down was thought to be in the doghouse due to a pet ban, but it still man­aged to claw its way up to sell for a treat.

The one-bed­room, one bath­room unit with one car space at 27/177-179 Sal­is­bury Road sold on re­serve for $1,175,000.

Ren­o­vated re­cently and with 125sqm of in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal space, the prop­erty was im­mensely pop­u­lar for its am­ple stor­age, mod­ern style and large wrap­around pri­vate ter­race with street art; per­fect for en­ter­tain­ing. Or for a pet — ex­cept they’re banned.

Agent Maria Ma­grin of Belle Prop­erty An­nan­dale, who had more than 120 groups in­spect, said she had four regis­tered par­ties but would have had eight if the pet ban wasn’t in place.

“There was a com­plete pet ban in 2013 and that’s hurt the cam­paign,” she said.

“Apart­ment and ver­ti­cal liv­ing is more com­mon now; it’s not just univer­sity stu­dents liv­ing in apart­ments, it’s also fam­i­lies and grand­par­ents who have friends come over.

“You should be able to have the same rights as if you are liv­ing in a house, with some rules in place.

“I thought it was an ex­cel­lent re­sult, it is show­ing that buy­ers are ac­tively look­ing and will spend for a good prop­erty in Cam­per­down.”

Auc­tion­eer Rick Briggs agreed. “There is a sig­nif­i­cant amount of strength in the Cam­per­down mar­ket at present as one-bed­room apart­ments con­tinue to sell in the $1.1-1.2 mil­lion range,” he said.

“De­lighted” ven­dors, Linda and Michael Hai­ley, who bought the prop­erty three years ago, said they never thought they’d sell at this level.

“We felt the Syd­ney prop­erty mar­ket hit a peak and it was a sig­nif­i­cant op­por­tu­nity to sell; since it was al­ready ren­o­vated we got it on the mar­ket in a week,” Ms Hai­ley said.

27/177-179 Sal­is­bury Road looks per­fect for a pet — ex­cept they’re not al­lowed.

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