Jarrad Waite: former Kangaroos, Carlton forward sells Strathmore home

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Jarrad Waite has sold his Strathmore home ahead of auction. Picture: Sarah Reed

Former North Melbourne and Carlton forward Jarrad Waite has scored a pre-auction sale for his Strathmore family home.

The deal was done two days before the property was due to go under the hammer, with two buyers going head-to-head for the keys to force an early result.

The price achieved by the three-bedroom house at 2 Head St is undisclosed. It’s understood to have fallen within the $1.35-$1.46 million asking price, but eclipsed the $1.4 million Waite and his wife Jackie paid for the property in 2016.

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2 Head St, Strathmore will be knocked down following its sale.

Alexkarbon director Charles Bongiovanni said the buyers — a young family from neighbouring Pascoe Vale — planned to demolish the existing post-war house and build a modern residence in its place.

They would keep the gas- and solar-heated pool the Waites installed on the property’s 655sq m block and structure their new house around it.

He said the buyers’ children went to school locally, so they “knew the area well”.

The Waites installed a pool at the property. Picture: Tony Gough

The finished product.

Mr Bongiovanni said the retired AFL footballer and his wife had planned to do this when they first bought the property, but a change in circumstances had led to them refurbishing it instead.

He said the Waites had loved the home’s family-friendly neighbourhood, recently bringing their third child home there.

Mr Bongiovanni said Waite — who’s played for VAFA club St Kevin’s Old Boys this season — frequented the local parks and Napier St shops with his kids.

Inside the Waite family home.

The house offered three bedrooms.

The Waites bought the Strathmore pad for its “bigger, north-facing yard”, after selling their renovated Moonee Ponds home at a 2016 auction for $1.48 million, almost $200,000 above reserve.

They also earned $750,000 for their Strathmore investment property in April last year.

Mr Bongiovanni’s agency was due to auction seven properties in total on the same day as the Waites’ home, but offloaded four beforehand.

“We sold one for $250,000 more than reserve in North Melbourne,” he said.

“There’s a bit of a buzz because there’s a stock shortage and a lot of buyers floating around.”

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The Waites have sold three properties in the past few years.

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