Mal Brown: footy legend, father of Campbell Brown, scores auction sale
Colourful footy legend Mal Brown has bagged a buyer for his Hawthorn East home at auction.
Three bidders jostled for Brown’s three-bedroom townhouse at 4/2 Myrniong Grove, which sailed $65,000 past reserve to score $1.465 million.
The 1972 All-Australian captain, West Australian Football Hall of Fame inductee, former Sunday Footy Show panellist and father of Hawthorn premiership player Campbell Brown can now complete his sea-change to Portsea.
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Marshall White Boroondara agent Chris Barrett said the buyer was a young couple who had been renting in the area and planned to move into the property.
Brown and his late wife Kay snapped up the pad in June 2016 — when CoreLogic records show it fetched $1.24 million — because it was easy to lock up and leave when they travelled to the coast.
They downsized from another Hawthorn East house on Leura Grove, which they sold for $2.6 million in 2015.
Brown, 72, listed the Myrniong Grove townhouse after Kay died following a battle with ovarian cancer.
“He has a house down in Portsea where he’s mostly been living and he just doesn’t spend much time in Melbourne anymore,” Mr Barrett previously told the Sunday Herald Sun.
“His daughter is in Carnegie and Campbell’s also in town, so he’s mostly just coming up to visit them.”
A slow start to the auction forced auctioneer Antony Woodley to place a $1.3 million vendor bid to kick things off, with 19 genuine bids following.
Mr Woodley talked up the property’s location, with Anderson Park at the end of the street and Tooronga Rd’s shops and cafes nearby, to the 40-strong auction crowd.
The pad also offers city views, open-plan living, a marble kitchen, a wine cellar and a sun-drenched front courtyard.
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