Shocking Score: See inside the month’s most popular homes
A dilapidated and unlivable four-bedroom house in Queensland, with holes in its walls, broken windows and smashed doors, received more views than any other listing on realestate.com.au last month.
The sale was announced through a unique auction marketing campaign, 19 Billabong Drive, Crestmead received over 50,000 views during the month of October.
It went to auction last month with a catch – and no reserve price.
A rundown Crestmead home was the most viewed listing on realestate.com.au in October ahead of the walk-in auction.
The record-breaking auction of 161 bidders saw it go under the hammer for $494,700, said selling agent Corey Boyd of Ray White.
“We knew there would be some inquiries about this because we made the choice not to be discreet about it,” he said. “We knew it would get people talking.”
160 registered bidders attended the unprotected property which had been left abandoned and gutted by the previous tenants. Photo: David Clarke
He said the sellers’ conditions meant they were not in a position to repair the property.
“They just had to save as much money as they could for the property, so we decided to market it as off-reserve and get a lot of people talking and trying to get as much competition as possible,” he said.
“And that’s pretty much what happened.”
Real estate records show the home was last sold for $300,000 in 2016.
Melbourne estate with its own vineyard
AFL legend Jonathan Brown’s historic Canterbury home in Victoria was the second most viewed home last month, with the 1908 property racking up more than 32,000 views.
Your own generosity in the city. Image: realestate.com.au
Set on a sprawling 3,015sqm property, 22 Chaucer Crescent, Canterbury is described as a beautifully restored multi-generational family estate featuring an electric and solar heated commercial pool, guest house, tennis court and its own vineyard.
The stunning home, which includes a swimming pool, tennis court and vineyard, was the second most viewed home in October. Image: realestate.com.au
Sales agent Mike Beardsley, of Jellis Craig Boroondara, said there had been a lot of interest so far, with three “very strong” offers for the house, which will now be sold at private auction.
“It is a unique offering of 3,000 square meters of land in Canterbury with a large arena with a championship sized tennis court and a beautiful mix of modern and modern in close proximity to the best private schools,” he said.
“It’s a wonderful family home.”
Stunning stone with 360 degree views
Another listing that received a lot of attention was 289 Rangeview Drive, Mount George in the Adelaide Hills.
Picked up within 21 days on market. Image: realestate.com.au
The five-bedroom and three-bedroom luxury property – which has been sold for an undisclosed sum – sits on 9.5 hectares and its highlights include panoramic views of the Adelaide Hills, a stone fire pit, three paddocks, a bocce court and a 1,000-bottle bottle cellar.
“This piece really captured people’s attention,” said sales agent Dee Ann Hunt of Williams Real Estate.
“Not only was it a beautiful home but the location also made it so special to be so close to the city but have all that privacy and views.”
The property enjoys 360 degree views across the world-famous Adelaide Hills. Image: realestate.com.au
Hunt said the property sold within 21 days of being on the market, and everyone who showed interest and checked it out made an offer.
Set on a 1,140 sq m property overlooking the Barwon River Valley, Newton’s Victoria home has received a lot of attention, with nearly 25,000 views on realestate.com.au
No. 10 Chesterfield Court, Newtown, has been sold to a young family at a private auction. Image: realestate.com.au
Described in its listing as a “landmark of mid-century architecture,” the five-bedroom, three-bathroom home at 10 Chesterfield Court, Newtown, went to a private auction with six bidders for an undisclosed sum.
“McGlashan Everest are the architects who have designed some of the iconic buildings throughout Victoria (and) a lot of really beautiful post-modern homes,” said sales agent Hamish Palmer-Hill of Abercrombie.
Designed by renowned architects McGlashan Everest. Image: realestate.com.au
“Neil Everest was from Geelong and did some really amazing construction in the area and this is no exception – he’s fantastic.”
The house has been tastefully renovated in keeping with mid-century design. Image: realestate.com.au
The house’s design blends a north aspect with bedroom wings oriented east to capture the morning sun.
“It’s located so it feels like it’s in the middle of a park area. It’s surrounded by greenery and it’s very private,” Mr. Palmer-Hill said.
“My seller was a builder so he took care of it and had already known the architect for years, so he felt a real responsibility to maintain it and any renovations they did were inclusive of the design, were tasteful, and didn’t try to conflict with the design.” Grain the original design and tastefully update it.
A modern architectural marvel
In Queensland, a new two-storey, five-bedroom, four-bathroom residence featuring a 20-foot cube container converted into an air-conditioned private office caught the attention of many onlookers with just over 21,500 views.
Described as a “modern architectural marvel set in nature”, 22 Kooringal Court, Tallebudgera has an asking price of $5,995,000.
Sales agent John Fisher of BRD Real Estate said negotiations are currently underway with two interstate buyers.
The three-year-old house, located on 5,337 square metres, is surrounded by greenery, including beautifully landscaped grounds and tropical gardens.
“It’s a very quiet and private street, it’s just a little cul-de-sac with a few houses,” Mr Fisher said.
The architecturally designed home sits on a sprawling 1.3-acre lot. Image: realestate.com.au
Among the outdoor highlights are a resort-style magnesium pool, fire pit and a 56-square-metre enclosed pool pavilion with built-in kitchen.
Inside, the home features a stunning gourmet kitchen with a four-metre concrete island bench, a butler’s pantry with two integrated dishwashers, plus a private master suite with slanted ceilings, a luxurious en-suite bathroom and pool views.
A 20′ cubic container has now been converted into an air-conditioned private office. Image: realestate.com.au
The property also has a separate, self-contained guest house with two bedrooms, a kitchen, a bathroom and a laundry.