Comedian Lawrence Mooney — aka the Moonman — has landed a $2.48 million sale for his Elsternwick house.
The funnyman made a loss on the 16 Elster St property, with CoreLogic records showing he paid $2.5 million for it two years ago.
But Marshall White Port Phillip director Damian O’Sullivan said Mooney and his wife, Lou, were “delighted” with the sale, which was $20,000 above their reserve.
Mooney previously told the Sunday Herald Sun his and his family’s time at the “dream home” had been cut short when he scored a job interstate, hosting Moonman in the Morning on Triple M.
“(The radio show) ended up winning the market and I was offered the job in Sydney,” he said.
“We’re renting around Bronte and it’s an amazing city. We’re planning on staying.”
Mr O’Sullivan said the comic couldn’t attend yesterday’s auction, but he listened in via a phone call as a young family from Brighton East beat a Hong Kong-based expat to the keys.
They’d loved the four-bedroom Edwardian’s period features, cul-de-sac location opposite a park, and the “sheer extent of accommodation on offer”.
Mooney previously said the house, with a pool, was exactly what he, Lou and their daughters, Lily and Maggie, had been looking for when they bought it in 2018.
“In a way it was our dream home, because before this property, we had always been renting,” he said.
Mr O’Sullivan said some “normality” was returning to the Melbourne auction market now COVID-19 restrictions had begun to ease, tipping the bumper spring selling season could come early this year.
In Black Rock, the $1.262 million sale of a late artist’s “bohemian home” on prime beachfront land signalled buyers were confident about going hard for quality property, Ray White Cheltenham agent Kevin Chokshi said.
Six parties — four bidding on-site and two online, including one from Athens — pushed 266 Beach Rd $162,000 past reserve.
A Burwood couple with young kids won the auction. They planned to rent out the 1970s beach shack for the short term, before demolishing it and building a new house.
Late artist James Walsh paid just $19,500 for the 302sq m property in 1979. He shared the two-bedroom shack with partner Ian Pope, who is downsizing to the Mornington Peninsula following Mr Walsh’s death.
The pair decked out the house with Mr Walsh’s paintings and drawings, and added an upstairs bedroom with a balcony, a terrace, and a studio at the rear where the artist worked.
Mr Chokshi said 120 groups inspected the property, which offered an affordable entry point to buy beachfront land.
“If there was brand-new house on it, you’d be looking at spending $2-$2.5 million,” he said.
“It’s a once-in-a-decade sort of purchase.”