10 landmark digs that went under the hammer in August


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Welcome back to Property Buzz, our new segment presented by McCafé. This week, Michael ‘Wippa’ Wipfli meets auctioneer Sara Bhuller to learn a thing or two about placing the winning bid.

Former theatre student Sara Bhuller is one of six female auctioneers in Australia. How does she survive in this cut-throat, traditionally male-dominated industry?

“I treat everyone as a person, not a number. I introduce myself to every bidder, and when it comes time to start the auction, I always stand at their level – not on a high podium. It’s about being humble,” she says.

Winning at auction is all about that quiet confidence. Picture: Al Richardson

But does being humble and personable work when you’re on the other side of the hammer?

“You need to be quietly confident. I believe confidence is a bi-product of knowledge and experience. So it’s important to do your due diligence and get as much knowledge about the property as well as recent sales in the area and the current market,” Sara explains.

Sometimes it’s just not your day though, and that’s okay.

“Try to stay emotionally detached from the property as auctioneers are trained to encourage you to keep bidding and will keep pushing for you to keep bidding, especially when they can see that you really want it,” Sara says.

Sara Bhuller is one of six female auctioneers in Australia. Picture: Al Richardson

But it’s not just those of us in the market that are lining up at auctions. In Sydney and Melbourne, auctions have become something of a spectator sport.

In case you missed them, here are 10 landmark properties that went under the hammer this month – and many are still on the market!

In Sydney…
1. Primo Paddo real estate

A designophile’s dream come true, this landmark Paddington terrace blends old-world charm with modern elegance.

A stone’s throw from Paddington’s cute enclave, Five Ways village, as well as the Woollahra shops, there’s sure to be a big turnout at the auction on Saturday 31 August. 

A truly landmark address. Picture: realestate.com.au/buy

2. Family haven in Collaroy

Designed with space and light in mind, this family haven is one to spread your wings inside and enjoy a relaxed coastal lifestyle.

It went under the hammer on Saturday 10 August but remains unsold.

Surf views for days. Picture: realestate.com.au/buy

3. Investor’s goldmine in Vaucluse

With a price guide of $5.9 million, this block of nine apartments on the prestigious South Head peninsular offers savvy investors a foothold in what is arguably Australia’s most prestigious suburb, Vaucluse.

Not yet sold, be there or be square on Saturday August 31 when it goes to auction.

An entire block of units with sea views, this auction will be hotly contended. Picture: realestate.com.au/buy

4. Triple-threat in North Curl Curl

Set over three commanding levels, this North Curl Curl beauty was never going to remain on the market for long.

The sun-soaked abode fetched $2,840,000 at auction on Saturday 16 August.

We’d be facing the bed the other way. Picture: realestate.com.au/buy

5. Award-winning design in Paddington

Winner of the Australian Institute of Architects Wilkinson Award for premier residential design in 1983, this famous Ken Woolley home has stood the test of time.

Selling for a $3,900,000 to happy bidders on Saturday 31 August, here’s hoping the new owners will continue its legacy with design-sensitive upgrades.

Ken Wolley’s sensitive use of materials have won this property numerous awards. Picture: realestate.com.au/buy

In Melbourne…
6. Leafy suburb ideals in Camberwell

Bidders and neighbours looked on in droves on Saturday 10 August when this home on a leafy street went under the hammer. The family-friendly abode sold on the August 10.

‘Home on the leafy street’ vibes. Picture: realestate.com.au/buy

7. Devilishly handsome Hawthorn abode

Brilliantly designed by architects Jackson Clement Burrows, and later updated by Michael Archibald, this Hawthorn abode is an outlier.

It went under the hammer on Saturday 10 August selling but didn’t sell, so is back on the market.

A dark exterior and interior sets this home apart. Picture: realestate.com.au/buy

8. Classic Carlton beauty

Set over three, light-filled levels, this classic Victorian terrace is the epitome of Carlton old-world elegance.

It sold for $2,201,000 at auction on Saturday 10 August.

Classically handsome. Picture: realestate.com.au/buy

9. Design outlier in South Yarra

South of the river on Saturday 10 August, this premium address went under the hammer and it wasn’t just serious bidders who turned out on the day.

However, it’s back on the market for $2,475,000. 

There’s been no detail spared by architects at this South Yarra address. Picture: realestate.com.au/buy

10. East Melbourne period charm

Maintained for a modern-day family, this period charmer is the full package – original features, contemporary reno and prime location to boot.

It sold at a packed auction on Saturday 17 August.

A Federation home that’s retained its grandeur. Picture: realestate.com.au/buy

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