Four buyers, attracted to the commuting and lifestyle opportunities, sparked a pre-auction battle for a Rippleside home delivering a $50,000 reward to the sellers.
The three-bedroom California bungalow at 18 Walker Street sold last week for $921,000, three weeks before it scheduled to be auctioned.
The sale was nearly $46,000 over the $875,000 top end of the price range set for the property.
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The weatherboard house is a few minutes walk to Rippleside Beach, with the nearby North Geelong train station allowing many to consider the ideal work-life balance.
Hodges, Geelong West agent Marcus Falconer said four hopeful buyers competed for the property, which was listed at Christmas for a February 6 auction.
“The people who bought it are actually coming down from Sunbury, relocating down here for work and lifestyle,” he said.
“There was a few people that were going to commute and work in Melbourne.
“One of the couples that missed out was moving to be close to schools for their children. And, the others were just downsizers.”
Mr Falconer said the house had been renovated and extended.
“It was a 20-year old renovation, but a neat home.
“It’s a very appealing, hidden little pocket. A lot of people don’t realise how good it is.”
The house showcases character features such as leadlight, a bay window and high ceilings with art deco panels merging with a modern fit-out.
The home’s main living area opens to a deck and a paved outdoor entertainment area that doubles as a secure carport at the side of the property.
The updated kitchen has stainless steel appliances, loads of bench space and abundant storage options, including a pantry.
The adjoining family area, with a wall of glass to welcome the light, has room for a
dining table, lounge suite and kids’ play space.