The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - REALESTATE -

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.

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