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Under the hammer this Saturday

By Luke O'Kelly

RAY White Group is taking almost 250 properties to auction this Saturday, including a circa 1904 Perth home listed through Ray White Dalkeith | Claremont director Vivien Yap.

Extensively renovated under the guidance of heritage architect Carolyn Marshall, 37 Riley Rd, Claremont (above) has been held by the same family for almost 30 years.

The sellers wanted to retain the beautiful original features while including separate living spaces for themselves and their children.

They’re now downsizing and it’s no surprise their six-bedroom, three-bathroom property with swimming pool has created a stir among house hunters.

“I had 70 people through my first home open at 37 Riley Road, Claremont – that is massive,” Ms Yap said.

“That is a great sign of confidence.”

The 1012sq m family listing is scheduled for auction at 11am.

Southwest of Sydney’s CBD is the 12.30pm auction of a three-bedroom home which has hardly been touched since it was built between the 1950s to 1960s.

The property at 41 Taylor St, Lakemba (above) is listed through Ray White AusBan director Navid Nawaz with a price guide around the $800,000 mark.

“It’s only had the one owner,” Mr Nawaz said.

“The double brick home has an upgraded kitchen but other than that everything is original. Buyers are liking the location, land size, house condition and affordability.”

On Sydney’s upper north shore is ‘Fairway House’, a beautiful four-bedroom home with north-facing frontage to Asquith Golf Club.

Ray White Hornsby’s Jaime Garrick said the single-level home had attracted an exciting level of interest ahead of its 4.30pm auction.

“I think it’s somewhat of a one-of-a-kind in the area,” Mr Garrick said.

“It’s also one of the few that has frontage to the golf course, it’s to the north and presents very well. In the last two years the sellers renovated to live there forever but due to circumstances they have to sell.”

Mr Garrick said a wide demographic of buyer was keen on the home, including golfers coming to inspect straight from the golf club.

The price guide on 29 Queens Rd, Asquith is $1.8 million.

Escape to North Avoca with the purchase of 25 Ocean St (above) at 2.30pm.

Going to auction with a bidding guide of $1.25 million to $1.35 million, the seller is Hollywood insider Kevin Dickson.

The LA-based entertainment journalist is famous for writing the saucy Los Angeles Times bestseller Blind Item.

Mr Dickson said his decision to sell his childhood home was both difficult and heartbreaking.

“It’s forced me to admit that, for at least the time being, I need to stay in Los Angeles where there are no beaches as great as Avoca and no coffee shops as great as The Boy & The Rose,” he said.

“At the end of the day, I have such great memories of my life in and around North Avoca and I know that I’ll be back someday.”

Ray White Terrigal’s Kerrie Ryan is managing Saturday’s auction of the 1970s brick house which is just 150 metres from the beach.

“We’ve got people that want the house as is, people from Sydney after a weekender, and others who would knock down and rebuild,” Ms Ryan said.

“There are quite a lot of young families looking to live here permanently. We’re still 50/50 with permanents and holiday owners but we’re finding more people are moving up here permanently. There seems to be a bit of a shift. They sell in Sydney and see what they can get for their money here.”

To Melbourne where, at 10am, Ray White Gladstone Park director and auctioneer Malek Younan is taking a renovated brick home (above) on a large 677sq m parcel of land to auction.

“It’s had close to 60 people go through,” Mr Younan said.

“It’s priced correctly and offers value for money. It’s also around 120sq m above the average size block for the suburb.”

The price guide on 24 The Circuit, Gladstone Park is $580,000 to $610,000.

At 11am, buyers have the chance to secure a property in a tightly held pocket of Mulgrave.

Ray White Glen Waverley’s Marc Lum said 11 Page Court (above) was only the fourth house up for auction in the past eight years within the desirable pocket, and he sold the other three.

“It’s probably the most prestige pocket of Mulgrave,” Mr Lum said.

“A lot of people want to buy into this area but homes don’t come up for sale that often. The sellers are downsizing after being there around 25 years.”

Mr Lum has listed the property with a price guide of $1.18 million.

He’s also taking a nearby townhouse to auction at 2pm with a price guide of $600,000 to $620,000.

The three-bedroom contemporary home at 34 Newport Drive, Mulgrave (above) is in the Waverley Park Estate, close to a playground, Nazareth College, Waverley Park Stadium amenities and Waverley Gardens Shopping Centre.

“This is an entry-level home, a great starter property with a good floorplan,” Mr Lum said.

“It’s probably the best option for buying into Mulgrave, and it’s only eight years old.”

Ray White Glen Waverley’s Darryl Wickham is taking a popular family home in the Mount Waverley Secondary College catchment to auction at 1pm.

The cul-de-sac property at 9 Francis St, Mount Waverley (above) has an attached price guide of $1.3 million to $1.35 million.

“We’ve had over 100 groups through to date,” Mr Wickham said.

“It’s just a really good family home, well-maintained for 40-odd years. It’s a home people have warmed to.”

A home perfect for young families is going under the hammer at 1pm through Ray White Cheltenham’s Kevin Chokshi.

The four-bedroom home at 84A Bulli St, Moorabbin (above) is at the gateway of Melbourne’s beautiful bayside suburbs, with Brighton Beach a bus ride away, and the smell of coffee radiating from Hampton and Church Street’s latte strips.

“I bought the block five years ago with the intention of building one home, but I decided to build two, so I was able to stay in the area I love and another family could move in and take advantage of all Moorabbin has to offer,” home owner and designer Jon Ryan said.

“This is a real up-and-coming area and whoever is lucky enough to buy this home will be moving into a close-knit community where everyone looks out for each other.”

Mr Chokshi has listed the property with a price guide of $1.15 million – $1.25 million.

In nearby Highett, Ray White Cheltenham’s Georgie Christodoulou has had 63 groups so far inspect 11 Connors St (above).

“It suits a downsizer, first-home buyer, investor, and the unique thing is that it’s on its own title,” she said.

The three-bedroom townhouse has been held by the same person for almost 30 years, and will go under the hammer at midday with a price guide of $665,000 to $730,000.

A Queenslander in the popular Brisbane suburb of Ashgrove will go to auction at 1pm through Ray White Alderley’s Andrew Cowan.

The architect designed five-bedroom home at 84 Frasers Rd (above) is within walking distance of Marist College Ashgrove and Oakleigh State School.

“Interest is mostly from families wanting to get into the school catchment,” Mr Cowan said.

“It’s a very well-thought-out design, with the owners paying a lot of attention to the detail during the renovation.”

The sellers both work in the construction industry so knew what they were doing when they lifted the 1930s house and built underneath with a large, open floorplan.

Meantime, closer to the CBD at Highgate Hill, a townhouse-sized apartment will go to auction at midday through Ray White West End’s Luke O’Kelly.

The two-bedroom, two-bathroom home at 2/54 Brighton Rd (above) is in the popular West End State School and Brisbane State High School catchments.

“There’s a huge deck with city views, as well as a courtyard for pets,” Mr O’Kelly said.

“We’ve had good interest as it’s the perfect blend of apartment and house; without the price tag of a house. It’s attracting couples and young families who can’t get into the housing market here but don’t want a unit.”

On Sunday, a rare piece of Blue Mountains history will go under the hammer at Blackheath Golf Club.

The Laurels (above), at 123 Govetts Leap Rd, is an iconic 1800s Blue Mountains estate with interiors typical of the late Victorian era.

It was believed to be built by George Evans, surveyor and solicitor, who had extensive land holdings in Blackheath.

“The Laurels is a rare example of a Victorian cottage with Italianate detailing in the Blue Mountains in an established garden setting,” Ray White Blackheath principal Alan Gregory said.

“The Laurels has a long association with Karraweera (now Parklands) and the Pope family, being the residence of its head gardeners for over 60 years from 1888.”

It remained the gardener’s residence from 1888 to 1951.

Mr Gregory has listed the property for auction this Sunday with a price guide of $1.25 million to $1.375 million.

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