House with own Nando’s served up on Melbourne auction market

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Michael Bacash and his wife Rosie at the Nando’s bar at their Westmeadows home, which is up for auction this weekend. Picture: Jay Town

A buyer is expected to eat up a Westmeadows house with its own mini Nando’s when it joins 723 Melbourne properties on the auction block this week.

The plucky pad at 40 Westfield Blvd is being served up with a $670,000-$710,000 price guide.

It features a man cave decked out in memorabilia from the popular chicken chain, including table markers and old food and drinks menus on the wall.

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40 Westfield Blvd, Westmeadows has a $670,000-$710,000 price guide.

Owner Michael Bacash said he collected the pieces while working at Nando’s head office.

He said he regularly served Portuguese-flavoured meat inside the themed room, which handily featured a kitchenette and opened directly out to the backyard barbecue area.

“I’m quite heavily involved in cooking, and I always cook barbecues with Portuguese flavours,” Mr Bacash said.

“It’s a good room for barbecues and summer events because it’s right on the backyard.”

Also adorning the man cave are a bar, pool table and mounted TV.

The Westmeadows property’s man cave.

Another of the home’s living areas.

It’s attached to a four-bedroom family house Mr Bacash and his wife Rosie bought as their first home about six years ago, and have shared with their two children.

Mr Bacash had also loved the home’s “breathtaking views of the valley”.

YPA Gladstone Park selling agent Sam Scicluna said drawcards for buyers had included the multiple living rooms, including the man cave, and the character of the architect-designed home, which was cleverly built on a sloped block and featured cathedral ceilings.

Young families are tipped to compete for the pad when it goes under the hammer at 11am on Saturday, October 5.

The dining room at 40 Westfield Blvd …

… and the kitchen.

CoreLogic expects Melbourne auction volumes to jump to 724 this week — a dramatic increase from last week, when just 107 were held due to the AFL Grand Final.

The quiet week generated a big 80.2 per cent clearance rate, up from 75.6 per cent from 1020 auctions the week prior.

CoreLogic auctions analyst Kevin Brogan said it appeared vendors who were “brave enough to put their properties up for auction in Grand Final week did okay”.

Melbourne’s west and outer-east regions were particularly strong performers, returning sale rates above 90 per cent.

But Mr Brogan cautioned against reading too much into the 80 per cent result, given how few homes went under the hammer.

A bedroom at 40 Westfield Blvd.

The view from the backyard.

He did expect the Reserve Bank’s interest rate cut, to a record low 0.75 per cent, this week to stimulate “fairly robust” clearance rates in the coming weeks.

Historically, auction volumes had also risen in the weeks following Grand Final, he said.

Reservoir is due to be Melbourne’s busiest auction suburb this week, with 19, followed by Mt Waverley, 15, and Craigieburn, 13.

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