THURSTON SCORES A LEICHHARDT TENANT
THE Maroons legend Johnathan Thurston retains a toehold in the Sydney property market — and last month found a tenant for his vacant Leichhardt investment apartment.
He bought the one-bedroom apartment shortly after he headed north to the North Queensland Cowboys. It cost $370,000 off the plan in 2005.
He spent the previous two years at the Canterbury Bulldogs, scoring 10 tries in 29 games which included winning the 2004 Grand Final.
The split-level Hay St unit was offered unfurnished on a six or 12month lease for $480 a week through Bentons Annandale agent Phil Treuen.
An open-plan living area opens to a balcony in the small 45sq m apartment which was last up for lease at $480 a week late last year.
CoreLogic puts one-bedroom units in the suburb at a $586,000 median price with a $430 median rental. It would likely fetch around $800,000 were he to sell it.
Thurston’s long-time mannager Sam Ayoub, who spotted the star’s skills when he was a teenager, retains a office holding in the Hay St complex he helped codevelop.
The apartment is Thurston’s only property in Sydney. y. However, he owns four investments in Queensland.
The Cowboys skipper has called Rowes Bay home since 2013, just north of Townsville having paid $1,221,600 for the five-bedroom home. The investment portfolio which he kicked off in 200 2006 now tallies some $1.8 milli lion in acquisition costs.
Thurston (inset) is back in to the Maroons side for the second Origin game on Wednesday having missed the first game with a should der injury. He was the only player to playl i in all 24 games of Queensland’s eight-year State of Origin winning streak from 2006. He has played 36 consecutive Origin matches since his debut in 2005.
Lleyton and Bec Hewitt. Picture: Getty
Thurston's Leichhardt property.