November 14, 2015



15a Dixon St Malvern (Kevin O’Brien, Jellis Craig) opened at $1.6m, on the market at $1.8m and sold under the hammer for $1.97m. Two bidders, fast auction.

The market is continuing to roll along at a steady pace.   As the end of year closes in the competition to buy is still strong, particularly for properties close to good private schools or those within renowned public school zones. 5 Prince Street, Hampton (Jenny Dwyer, Hocking Stuart), a ‘volume’ build family home sold for $2,100,000.

There are still some good options for buyers auctioning in December and many of which should attract spirited bidding come auction day.

In areas of good supply (perhaps even over supply), the market seems to be slowing a little. Maybe some vendors are even getting a little ahead of the market. Balwyn North for example, according to REIV records, saw 11 properties up for auction on the weekend with only 5 of these sold – a clearance rate of only 45%.

Auction Highlights:

  • 54 Armstrong Street, Middle Park (Simon Gowling/Kaine Lanyon, Marshall White). 3 bedroom brick Edwardian, good location (no off-street car-park) – $3.415m.
  • 7 Maysbury Avenue, Brighton (Nick Johnstone/Alan McGillivray, Nick Johnstone Real Estate). Large French inspired modern home with distant city and beach views on 658sqm – $3.75m.
  • 15-19 Barnett Street, Hampton (Greg Downes/Bert Stewart, Buxton). A large land holding of approximately 2,508sqm with only three owners during the last 150 years – $3,375,000.

Downsizer Properties:

Demand continues to strengthen for quality downsizer offerings – single storey homes close to amenities.

  • 10 Adrian Street ,Glen Iris (Andrew Wilkie, Jellis Craig). A well-maintained single level modern home sold for $2.716m. This was similar in many ways (but not as good) to 16 Courang Road which sold strongly for approximately $200,000 more a couple of months earlier.
  • 3 properties in Malvern (15a Dixon Street, 30 Dixon Street and 5 Irving Street) sold well over their reserves between $1.9m-$2m region with multiple bidders, leaving a large number of underbidders still wanting.
  • 26a Ewart Street, also in Malvern (Madeline Kennedy/Anna Perry, Marshall White) sold for $1.54m. This last sold back in February 2010 for $870,000 and with only a small renovation it has almost doubled in the last five years.

On a different note, in Hawthorn East there were four properties auctioned on the weekend and all were purchased within the last two years. Although they didn’t all sell, they all had bidding above their earlier sale prices.

  • 43 Widford Street (Glen Coutinho/Jeff Phillips, RT Edgar Boroondara) – $4.3m after selling (for what was considered a strong result at the time) earlier this year for $4.02m.
  • 6 Higham Road (Sam Wilkinson/Ross Savas, Kay & Burton) – passed in for $5.525m. It sold last in May 2014 for $5.2m.
  • 1 Lovell Street (Mark Sutherland/James Tostevin, Marshall White) – circa $3.4m after selling for $3.001m in October last year.
  • 118 Victoria Road (David Lettieri/Hamish Tostevin, Marshall White) – selling for an undisclosed amount just above the previous sale (only 6 months ago) of $2.26m.


  • 750sqm land, good location, Glen Iris (Boroondara) – $1.8m
  • Liveable period home, potential to renovate/extended, Malvern – mid $3m
  • Modern home, north rear, Hampton – circa $2.5m

Auction Spotlight:


Malvern East: 16 Westgarth St (Damien Davis, Jellis Craig), passed in $3.125m, 3 bidders

26 Westgarth St, Malvern East (Damien Davis, JC), passed in $3.125m, 3 bidders

This pretty Federation style home is situated on a leafy street described aptly by auctioneer Damien Davis as a “Plane Tree Tunnel.” Around 70 people crowded around to see what would transpire and Damien called for an opening bid. All remained quiet, so Damien suggested an opening of $2.8m to kick-start proceedings. Still quiet, so he tabled a vendor bid at this amount. Silence ensued so Damien headed inside to refer to his vendor. Back outside and he was rewarded with bids from 3 interested parties who each entered the competition with a succession of $25k increments. The price eventually reached $3.125m, and Damien passed the property in for further negotiations. The home remained for sale at the time of publishing.


Hampton: 36 Avondale St (Steve Tickell, Hocking Stuart), sold after auction $2.53m, 2 bidders

36 Avondale St, Hampton (Steve Tickell, Hocking Stuart), sold after auction $2.53m, 2 bidders

Beautifully presented Californian bungalow in one of Hampton’s most prized streets – Steve Tickle was our auctioneer, assisted by Jenny Dwyer and Will O’Brien. An opening bid of $2.2m came from a gentleman in the crowd, however everyone else remained silent so Steve headed inside to refer to his vendor. Back outside and Bidder 2 entered the competition with a $25k rise. A second half-time break at $2.44m and with no further bidding on the day, the property was subsequently passed in. The home was sold after auction for $2.53m.

Agent Opinion: With only 3 weeks for campaigns to start (auction date 19th December), will there be a late rush?

JAMES-TOSTEVIN-RGB1-1600x1066James Tostevin (Marshall White): “I’m not anticipating a late rush of auctions on December 19th, at this stage. The market remains strong however, many vendors are basing their price expectations on results from 2 to 3 months ago, which is not in line with current market conditions.”