Brett and Jessica Strauss on the balcony of 5/2 Simmons St, Newtown, with views of Enmore Rd behind. Picture: Luke Drew
THE tenant of a two-bedroom Newtown flat paid more than he expected at auction today to secure his first home, purely because he didn’t want to move out.
DJ Kerry Wallace, 36, works at SlyFox nightclub, which is just up the road from the two-bedroom apartment at 5/2-4 Simmons St, Newtown that he bought for $995,000 — $15,000 above the written reserve.
Mr Wallace is at a music conference in Amsterdam so couldn’t attend, sending instead his boss, Slyfox publican Brett Strauss to do the bidding.
The living area at 2 Simmons St, Newtown. It was huge. Picture: Luke Drew
But soon after the gavel fell, Mr Strauss handed the Sunday Telegraph the phone and an excited Mr Wallace said: “I’ve just heard we’ve got it — I thought we might have got it for a bit less, but I was prepared to pay a bit more because we wanted to stay.”
He and his partner, schoolteacher Laura Duggan, 36, and their English toy terrier, Sticky Fingers, had loved living in the apartment, which was larger than most at 111 sqm.
The view from the back terrace at 2 Simmons St, Newtown. Picture: Luke Drew
Although the apartment, on the second floor of the two-storey block, faced onto busy Enmore Rd, the main bedroom was at the back and relatively quiet, opening out onto a large terrace that looked across suburbia all the way to the airport. And stairs led down to an even larger communal terrace.
Five parties — four of them first home buyers and an investor — had registered for the property, up for auction through Agency by Glenn Regan.
Steps led down to an a large communal terrace — scene of this morning’s auction. Picture: Luke Drew
And three of them were active in the fast-paced auction, which had Under the Hammer auctioneer James Hurley calling the shots. Bidding had opened at $800,000, initially rising in $10,000 increments.
.Mr Strauss was at all times the most enthusiastic — he’d clearly been briefed to nab it at all costs!
Mr Wallace revealed he’d offered vendor Kristine Short, a retired radio producer at ABC National for 40 years, $930,000, but despite the cool market she’d opted to test the market at auction.
“I’m pleased they’ve bought it — they’ve been fantastic tenants,” Ms Short said.
It’s been a fine investment — she’d bought it for $780,000 in 2013 and she’s been collecting $730 per week from Mr Wallace over the past two years.