Australian one-day and T20 cricket captain Aaron Finch is pitching up a rare Kensington pad to the market.
Finch, who also leads Big Bash team the Melbourne Renegades, has $550,000-$600,000 price hopes for the two-bedroom apartment inside converted warehouse complex “The Kensington”.
Rendina Real Estate director Lou Rendina said the opening batsman had held 303/18 Bent St as an investment property since snapping it up off-the-plan in 2010.
CoreLogic records show the property changed hands then for $579,000.
Mr Rendina said Finch had decided to part ways with the third-floor perch to “replace it with another investment”, likely in the Kensington area.
“He lives in the area, in the northwest,” the agent said.
“A lot of his cricket teammates are in the area.”
Australian and Adelaide Strikers fast bowler Peter Siddle sold an apartment he’d kept as an investment in nearby Parkville last year, for $1 million — $120,000 above reserve.
Mr Rendina said Finch’s pad had earned him strong rental yields, attracting tenants with lifestyle perks including closeness to the Kensington shopping village, Macaulay and Kensington train stations, and the CBD.
The agent said the apartment was one of 53 in the secure building — the former Antler Luggage headquarters and now one of the few warehouse-style conversions in the suburb.
The property’s striking facade was rebuilt using the original bricks, and high ceilings typical of a warehouse were kept in place.
Finch’s apartment offers about 70sq m of internal living space, featuring a quality kitchen with Smeg appliances and stone countertops, and an open-plan living and dining area that flows out to a balcony with CBD views.
The balcony is also accessible from the main bedroom, while basement parking and a storage shed are part of the package.
The property is due to be auctioned on February 16.
Mr Rendina expects to field offers from first-home buyers and investors.