October 8, 2016


299 South Road, Brighton East (Jason Collie and Barb Gregory Marshall White), sold $1.59m, 3 bidders

It is now the final sprint until Christmas. There are only two auction weekends before Melbourne Cup weekend and 6-8 weeks until Christmas. With some vendors wary of auctioning so close to the Cup (5th November) and the weekend immediately before Christmas (17th December) – that leaves six. This is only the second run of multiple auction weekends for the year and may prove to be the best opportunity for buyers still searching, to buy before 2017.

Auction Highlights:

  • 69a Munro Avenue, Ashburton (Daniel Wheeler, Marshall White) – sold comfortably above $1.9million after the pair at 69 sold for $1.8million only 10 months ago.
  • 1 Stevens Parade, Black Rock (Campbell Cooney, Hodges) – which could have been considered ‘land only’ by some given the solid, yet basic, home on site. This pocket of Black Rock is starting to get some traction as the land west of Bluff Road falls out of reach for many buyers now – 637sqm and $1.53million or $2,401sqm (if you place no value on the home).
  • 28 Johnson Street, Hawthorn (Andrew Gibson/Hamish Tostevin, Marshall White) – pretty period home, single storey, south rear, good OSP – undisclosed over $2.4million

Land Sales:

Bayside seemed to be leading the way with land last week:

  • 68 Bluff Road, Black Rock (Christian Hegarty, Buxton) – large land (approx. 968sqm) on a busy road, although well positioned to Black Rock Village and beach, with only a Neighbourhood Residential Zoning (NRZ3) $1,766sqm
  • 9 Grenville Street, Hampton (Nick Johnstone, Nick Johnstone RE) – on approximately 627sqm with north rear, after passing in earlier in the year has sold for $2.17million or $3,460sqm
  • 26 Dawson Avenue, Brighton (Stefan Whiting/Andrew Campbell, Buxton) –
    724sqm approx. with north rear – sold for an undisclosed amount over $4million

Off Markets:

  • Pretty period home, predominantly single storey, convenient lifestyle location – Brighton – $2.25m+
  • Large land – Malvern – $8m
  • Large family home, Hawthorn $8.5m
  • Basic brick home, north rear – Glen Iris – circa $1.5m
  • Renovated period home on good land – South Yarra – high $5millions
  • Large land – Kew – $5m
  • Heritage listed period home – Malvern East – circa $5m

Properties we like for auction October 22:


Auction Spotlight:


8 Stanhope Grove Camberwell (Peter and William Chen, Jellis Craig) sold after auction just under $3million.

8 Stanhope Grove, Camberwell (Peter & William Chen, Jellis Craig) sold after auction just under $3m

Busy location yet the house over a single level with good garaging and a pretty period façade was certainly going to attract interest, particularly at this level in this market.
This last sold back in 2011 for $2.4m. How has the market responded since then? Auctioneer Richard Earle looked for an opening bid and got one after a bit of time at $2.7m. With no further interest from bidders, two vendor bids at $2.75 then $2.8m were placed. Bidder two entered the fray and ultimately had the property passed in to them at $2.95m and bought it shortly after for an undisclosed price not far off this. With a rise of about $600K (or 25%) in five years, this indicates that the market is solid right now, but buyers are not prepared to go crazy for B-graders. Such properties are at least selling……..if the vendors are realistic.


37 Wrights Terrace Prahran (Mark Robertson/Carla Fetter, Jellis Craig) sold strongly under the hammer, $1.731m.

37 Wrights Terrace, Prahran (Mark Roberston/Carla Fetter, Jellis Craig), sold for $1.731m

A solid crowd of 40 people gathered for this auction and there was definitely a good vibe – this auction was going to go well. Why? It was a good offering. Double-fronted brick homes with north facing rear orientations and off-street parking are exceptions rather than than norms in this street, and the position is a convenient one. A lowball opening bid of $1.25million saw Mark Robertson swing into action quite quickly, conducting traffic from a further 6 bidders in all. The property was announced on the market at $1.45m and sold strongly for $1.731m – both vendor and and buyer would be very happy here.