Buyers drawn to practical and sentimental attractions of Geelong West house
THERE will be no dodgy uni digs for the children of a Melbourne couple who bought a Geelong West property for their offspring to live in while studying at Deakin University.
The out-of-town buyers pounced on the three-bedroom weatherboard at 71 Gertrude St, paying $625,000 at Saturday’s auction.
Newtown agent Graeme Taylor said the buyers had a sentimental connection to that particularly area of Geelong West, which made the property even more attractive.
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“His grandfather lived around the corner, he played around there all the time,” Mr Taylor said.
“They just wanted it.”
He said the buyers had been looking for the right property for two years and sympathised with the underbidders, first-home buyers, who missed out on the day.
The two parties made 18 bids between them.
“The buyers had missed out at many Melbourne auctions then decided to buy one in Geelong for their kids,” Mr Taylor said.
“One of their kids is coming down to study at the waterfront.”
He said the vendors, who were holidaying in Germany, were up in the early hours of the morning to follow the auction.
The double-fronted house has classic period features such as high ceilings, leadlight windows and two decorative gas fireplaces.
It has an open-plan dining area and timber kitchen, separate loungeroom and covered courtyard for outdoor entertaining.