Buddy Franklin’s property at 14 Woodhall Wynd, Donvale, is up for grabs.
AFL SUPERSTAR Lance Franklin is cutting ties with the Donvale pad that was briefly his home before becoming his father’s.
The Hawk-turned-Swan spent a short amount of time at the four-bedroom house at 14 Woodhall Wynd before moving to Sydney to continue his career at the end of 2013.
CoreLogic records show the property last sold for $863,500 in July 2008, a few months before the then young star won his first premiership with Hawthorn.
It’s now listed for auction on November 10 with price hopes of $1.4-$1.5 million.
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The Sydney star bought the property during the 2008 season. Pic: Michael Klein
Inside the property, which has been home to Franklin’s father.
It’s expected to attract families for its great location.
Jellis Craig director William Lyall said Franklin’s father, Lance Snr, had lived at the property “for the majority” of the ownership but was now moving back to Western Australia.
“The rumpus room upstairs was wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling memorabilia,” he said.
“Ranging from Buddy’s under-18 and state rep days in WA, through All-Australian things and premierships with the Hawthorn footy club and a little bit of Swans stuff in there as well.”
Mr Lyall said there was even a Melbourne jumper in the mix, as Lance Snr was an avid fan, “which looked a bit out of place” surrounded by all the Hawks and Swans gear.
A formal lounge room is among the multiple living areas.
The vast main bedroom suite is a highlight.
Parquetry floors on show in the kitchen.
House hunters hoping to catch a glimpse of the accolade-studded collection will be disappointed, though, with it already headed back west.
Instead, they can enjoy the way the home has been updated by Jesinta Franklin, who had been “hands on” and shown “flair for that side of property” in preparing for sale.
Mr Lyall said general tidying up, painting, repolishing of floorboards and “things of that nature” had got the place “looking very, very good”.
Lance Franklin is embraced by his dad after the 2008 Grand Final win.
Jesinta and Lance Franklin at on the 2018 Brownlow Medal red carpet. Pic: Michael Klein
The backyard provides a tranquil retreat.
It features a vast main bedroom with bay window and huge ensuite, and is expected to attract families for its prized position surrounded by quality modern homes close to amenities.
The Franklins now live in Sydney’s Rose Bay, where they bought a four-bedroom, three-bathroom home in 2014 for $2.35 million.
Mr Lyall said it was time “to sell and move on” from the Donvale house as it was no longer needed by the family and it was not likely they’d be back in Melbourne “anytime soon”.
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