Bruce McAvaney scores sale for ‘cool’ Fitzroy warehouse apartment
Bruce McAvaney has sold his special Melbourne base.
The revered sports commentator and his wife Annie Johnson earned $1.376 million for their warehouse apartment on the top two floors of Fitzroy’s converted MacRobertson’s chocolate factory.
A young buyer “moving up from a single-fronted Collingwood home into something a little bit cooler” won the keys ahead of a competitive field of househunters, Nelson Alexander selling agent Marek Olech said.
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Mr Olech said about 20 groups inspected 13/165 Rose St during its month-long selling campaign with a $1.35 million asking price, generating three offers.
The two-bedroom pad’s “inner-city warehouse style”, the fact it was one of just 17 homes in the boutique block, and its position near the CBD and foodie havens Smith, Brunswick and Gertrude Sts won over buyers, the agent said.
McAvaney said the sale “far exceeded our expectations” in a vendor review posted on the Nelson Alexander online listing: “In a market that’s supposedly flat, agent Marek Olech was able to find us a buyer with a minimum of fuss and discomfort,” he wrote.
Mr Olech said the Adelaide-based AFL, Olympic Games and cricket broadcaster and his journalist and producer wife also sent him a thankyou card.
McAvaney previously told the Herald Sun they had used the apartment while working in Melbourne, and were considering moving permanently to Australia’s sporting capital when they bought it four years ago. CoreLogic records show it fetched $1.1 million then.
But they now planned to “eventually build a small place down on the Fleurieu Peninsula”, south of Adelaide.
“We love (the apartment) and are very sad to let it go. It would have been our home,” McAvaney said.
The Order of Australia recipient, whose distinguished Channel 7 career also involved calling many Melbourne Cups and Australian Opens, said they’d enjoyed the apartment’s “city views from every window” and terrace where they would “light the barbecue and watch the lights come on at dusk”.
They’d also loved being among the Fitzroy food scene and being able to “walk the dog to Edinburgh Gardens”, the 65-year-old said.
McAvaney and Johnson updated the apartment’s kitchen and two bathrooms, and installed an eco-friendly fireplace.
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