Family ties find a buyer in a delightful Manifold Heights renovation

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35 Lascelles Ave, Manifold Heights, sold for $709,000 at auction.

A family’s ties helped sellers achieve a top price for renovated clinker brick house in Manifold Heights.

The mid-century house was one of two properties in the tightly-held inner Geelong suburb to be offered at auction on the first weekend in May.

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35 Lascelles Ave, Manifold Heights, sold for $709,000 at auction.

Buxton agent Matt Plunkett said the property attracted three bidders to the auction, with owner-occupiers from Sydney securing the red clinker brick house amid botanic-feel gardens at 35 Lascelles Ave.

“We had three bidders, one from Geelong, one from Melbourne and one from Sydney,” he said.

35 Lascelles Ave, Manifold Heights, sold for $709,000 at auction.

“The lady who bought it, her sister moved to Geelong not long ago and she’s following her here,” Mr Plunkett said.

The house was listed with a price guide of $635,000 to $695,000.

35 Lascelles Ave, Manifold Heights, sold for $709,000 at auction.

It last traded for $72,200 in 1985, according to CoreLogic records, but a modern renovation ensured keen buyers were getting the latest modern living spaces in a premier location.

The owners haven’t played with the red clinker brick exterior with a vine growing over part of the house.

35 Lascelles Ave, Manifold Heights, sold for $709,000 at auction.

Inside, decorations retained the heritage flavour through the windows with modern elements, including an ornamental gas fireplace in the loungeroom/

The kitchen and dining room received a thorough makeover, with a freestanding cooker, integrated dishwasher and skylights inside and bi-folding glass doors leading to an enticing deck.

The sale price underlines the value of a renovation, given an original clinker brick house of the same era at 4 Evelyn St, Manifold Heights, sold for $638,000 half an hour later.

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