Seven compete for Geelong miner’s cottage that beats reserve by more than $60K


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Selling agent Lee Hilton, left, congratulates the buyer at 223 Bellerine St, Geelong. Picture: Mike Dugdale

SEVEN buyers raise a hand at the auction of a three-bedroom inner city miner’s cottage in Geelong.

Te Mata dates to 1856 at 223 Bellerine St, but buyers were all looking forward to the prospect of living or renting the renovated house five minutes from the South Geelong train station and just a few steps to the public bar at the Commun Na Feinne Hotel.

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The auction at 223 Bellerine St, Geelong, drew a crowd of about 50 people. Picture: Mike Dugdale

Auctioneer Ben Riddle at 223 Bellerine St, Geelong. Picture: Mike Dugdale

The house sold for $701,500 — more than $60,000 above the vendor’s reserve price.

Buxton, East Geelong agent Ben Riddle said the buyers were an even mix of owner-occupiers and investors.

“What you see is what you get. A beautifully presented home, absolutely as neat as a pin,” Mr Riddle said.

“A beautiful heritage property with a classic heritage facade, very comfortable living standards and north-facing light coming through the big cathedral windows and some unique features that make it a one-off.”

223 Bellerine St, Geelong, sold for $701,500.

The location in Geelong’s inner south-east suburbs made it popular with investors and young professionals, many who were seen watching or bidding at a number of auctions in the area on Saturday.

The bidding opened at $580,000, with five bidders in the race by the time Mr Riddle called the property on the market at $640,000.

The bidding increments tightened to $1000 and even $500 as another two buyers raised a hand before the property eventually sold for $701,500.

223 Bellerine St, Geelong, sold for $701,500.

A large cathedral window at 223 Bellerine St, Geelong, sold for $701,500.

Mr Riddle said the location was a key factor.

“Walk straight into town, walk straight down to the eastern gardens and the waterfront,” he said.

“But more importantly, from the quiet side of the street it’s not far from any of the amenities that are important — if you are commuting to Melbourne the train stations are at your fingertips, there is plenty of street parking here. Feel comfort when you come home and put your feet up.

“It’s easy to rent these sort of properties. Certainly there is a huge supply of tenants looking to nestle in the city and enjoy what our CBD has to offer.”

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