TV host Nicky Buckley sells her Bells Beach family home
TORQUAY television presenter Nicky Buckley and husband Murray Bingham have sold their Bells Beach family home.
The couple accepted an offer for their sprawling property at 205 Jarosite Rd nearly a year after they put the home on the market.
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The modern Queenslander-style house on 4.12ha of land has five bedrooms and three living spaces with a view from Bells Beach, which last week hosted the Rip Curl Pro, to the Mornington Peninsula.
McCartney, Torquay, agent Tim Carson, who handled the sale of the family home, said he couldn’t discuss the sale price, which was not disclosed, or the buyers.
The property was initially listed with price hopes from $3.5 million to $3.7 million when it hit the market last April.
But price expectations had been reduced to $3 million before the buyers officially took the property off the market on the penultimate day of this year’s Easter surf classic.
The private paradise also has a synthetic grass tennis court and is surrounded by natural bushland which draw kangaroos and deer to the property.
The couple last year paid more than $900,000 for a 4200sq m block in the BLVD Torquay estate, where a new home will also showcase ocean views.
The former Sale of the Century host told the Advertiser last year the house was built in 2000 when it turned from holiday house to family home where they raised three sons.
“SK Dunstan built the house, but before then we would use a little shack to camp in,” she said.
“We built it as our holiday home but we never wanted to leave, so we moved in permanently in 2003.”
There have been two extensions and countless refurbishments to the house, adding an additional loungeroom and the main bedroom with a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite where one wall of the shower is glass, providing a view of the beautiful landscape.
But she said the best views from the house came courtesy of their builder, who proposed building another level to create “The Tower” to capture the views.
The recycled messmate timber floors have recently been redone and the exterior of the house repainted.
Four other properties are on the market in Bells Beach, including two listed in time for the Rip Curl Pro.