House, car and furniture to go under hammer for good cause
When a house-and-land package in Point Cook goes under the hammer on Saturday, July 6, it won’t only be the winning bidder who stands to benefit.
Proceeds raised from the no-reserve auction of the Ballina 234 new-build design by Fairhaven Homes, at Satterley’s Upper Point Cook estate, will be donated to the Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision charity for the fight against bone marrow failure syndrome.
Maddie Riewoldt died in 2015, aged 26, from aplastic anaemia (a bone marrow failure syndrome).
The lucky bidder will also get the furniture and decor items and a brand-new Mercedes Benz.
Former St Kilda captain Nick Riewoldt — Maddie’s older brother and the charity’s chairman — said he was grateful for the auction, which was raising money for the charity his family founded in memory of his sister.
“The funds that we will be able to generate from the sale of this amazing home will help to significantly accelerate the rate of our research projects, including a world-first national bone marrow biobank that will collect tissues, blood and genetic materials to store and analyse,” he said.
Fairhaven Homes general manager of sales and marketing Jake Munday said he shaved a friend’s hair for the charity six years ago. That friend was Maddie’s other brother, Alex.
“I met Alex when Maddie was a fair way into her fight against bone marrow failure. I organised an event with him where I shaved his head and we raised $4000,” Mr Munday said.
“Maddie is sadly no longer with us, but when I approached Alex last year with the idea of doing something much bigger, he loved it.”
Mr Munday described the four-bedroom Ballina as a smart single-storey that was well suited to everyday living.
“It feels like a liveable home as soon as you walk in the door,” he said.
It has two living areas, including a rumpus and a large open-plan living/meals/kitchen area at the rear, which is bright and inviting.
A covered alfresco area to the side of the home provides ample opportunity to entertain in comfort outdoors while enjoying the fully landscaped garden.
Bedrooms are zoned at either end of the house. There’s a kids’ wing with a study nook, laundry and bathroom, while the luxurious main bedroom suite is privately positioned at the front.
The latter has feature timber wall cladding that brings in another layer of warmth and comfort to the room, an indulgently sized walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite with an oversized shower.
Apart from the many upgrade fittings and finishes, including window treatments throughout, designer lighting, a driveway and fencing, the auction house also comes with $50,000 worth of furnishings. Everything you see inside is yours to keep — even the linen.
And, for a special finishing touch, the lucky bidder will also receive the Mercedes Benz to park in their brand-new double garage.
“It’s the perfect first home or family home,” Mr Munday said. “There’s really nothing for you to do but move in.”
The home features a specially selected block that is just a few steps from Upper Point Cook estate’s recently opened $2.4 million 1ha park.
Some of the park’s attractions include a skate facility, half basketball court, mini soccer pitch and 10m slide tower.
Satterley general manager, Victoria and Queensland, Jack Hoffmann said the popular 1800-lot residential estate, which won Best Residential Community Over 250 Lots in the 2018 Urban Development Institute of Australia awards, had been so popular it was now close to selling out.
“Surrounded by walking and cycling paths, the development features 14ha of open space, parks and playgrounds and there’s a brand-new childcare centre within the estate as well,” he said.
The development is also conveniently positioned just five minutes’ drive from Point Cook town centre and has easy access to the Princes Freeway and local schools.
A free family fun day is planned for the July 6 auction, with a host of activities from 10am to 1pm. Attractions will include a footy clinic, the chance to meet past and present AFL stars, food trucks and a performance by singer Harrison Craig, the 2013 winner of The Voice Australia.
At a glance
Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision charity home auction
House: Ballina 234 by Fairhaven Homes
Number of bedrooms: Four
Number of bathrooms: Two
Size: 235.04sq m, including porch, alfresco zone and garage
Address: Upper Point Cook estate, 12 Joyce St, Point Cook
Open: 6pm-7pm Thurs; 2pm-3pm Sat; from 10am on auction day
Auction: Sat, July 6, at noon