Mum and daughter combine to win the keys to quirky Belmont house for $555K
It was love at first sight for a Geelong woman who paid $555,000 to secure the keys of a quirky two-bedroom home set on 581sq m in a tightly-held Belmont pocket.
The buyer had her heart set on 7 Sommers Street as soon as she laid eyes on the 1950s era house, and she can’t wait to move in, pick up the tools and start renovating.
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It was quite a family affair on auction day, too, with the woman’s daughter in the crowd on bidding duties.
They outlasted a young couple in the two-bidder auction for the property that last sold for $65,000 in 1997.
Buxton auctioneer, Rob Nelis kicked things off with a $470,000 vendor bid before the buyer and the underbidders chimed in with a flurry of $5,000 bids, swiftly taking the price past the listed quoted range of $485,000 to $530,000.
Mr Nelis said interest was strong prior to auction (despite the fact the property needed a ‘little bit of a cuddle’), with 110 inspections and more than 4,500 hits online throughout the campaign.
“It was a really good result for the buyer who loved it (the property) from day one when she saw it, and the vendor is really happy, too.” Mr Nelis said.
“The buyer is a Geelong woman that currently lives here … she loved the location and charm of the property and will be a moving in and renovating.”
Mr Nelis said the buyer was drawn to the quirkyness and solid structure on of the house, along with the opportunity to renovate, but was keen to keep the mid 50s charm in tact.
The house has a light-filled north-facing lounge and dining area close to the kitchen, central bathroom and brick garage.
It’s located directly opposite the Geelong Lawn Tennis Club, Geelong Lawn Bowls Club and within walking distance to all of Belmont’s major shopping strips, the Barwon River, Kardinia Park sporting precinct.