Ilija Grgic: Ex-Footscray player sells industrial warehouse property

151 Ballarat Road, Footscray, has been the cool office space of Ilija Grgic.

Former AFL footballer Ilija Grgic has handballed his Footscray warehouse property to an unlikely buyer.

A family is set to move into the trendy industrial space at 151 Ballarat Road, which had served as the ex-ruckman’s office for his building, construction and development business.

He lined up for Footscray, West Coast and Essendon during his 87-game career, but has since hung up the boots for a career in the property game with his company, Keyway.

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April 13, 1997. West Coast v Fremantle. Docker Jeff White (back) taps the ball away from Ilija Grgic. a/ct

Ilija Grgic playing for West Coast in 1997.

The space is set to become a unique family home.

Grgic and his team transformed the rundown former garage into an office.

Exposed brick and concrete floors add to the property’s industrial feel.

Bond Estate Agents director Lee Marks said the buyers planned to use the unique property as a residence, while also running an unusual business from the former mechanics garage, after snapping it up for $850,000.

“The buyers have a racing car simulation business they use to train drivers, so they will set that up in the space as well,” he said.

“They had been looking for something like this for quite some time and said this just ticked all the boxes.”

Mr Marks said a combination of the property’s rustic look, location and the shop-living arrangement sealed the deal for the new owners.

The space isn’t your average home.

But it’s got plenty of potential.

An open-plan living space?

He said while the property was configured as an office, the existing conference room could be easily converted into a bedroom.

“They might need to add some extra partitions to create another bedroom or two to get it set up as more of a living space,” Mr Marks added.

The property already features a bathroom, kitchen, courtyard and carport.

“I had about 100 people inspect the property. It attracted everyone from hairdressers, tattooists and car enthusiasts,” Mr Marks said.

The conference room is likely to become a bedroom.

“There’s a pretty high demand for warehouse spaces and warehouse-style living. Some people are tired of the normal cookie-cutter home and want something different but still functional.”

Grgic told Property Confidential he and business partner Vlad Kennedy had put “a lot of love and attention” into transforming the once-rundown building into their dream headquarters, decked out with personal touches including a bright red motorbike.

He said his team had now outgrown the office and was looking to upsize.

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