A Carnegie apartment near the skyrail has an affordable price guide of just $390,000 – $425,000- it’s been the most-viewed property on realestate.com.au for this weekend because of this cheap price – can prospective buyers look past the skyrail? Auctioneer Juanita kelly in action. Picture: Jay Town
An overhead train line has failed to derail a Carnegie auction.
The two-bedroom Carnegie apartment stayed on track as a keen contest drove the sale price well beyond expectations for a $555,000 sale.
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The Rosstown Rd apartment backed onto the sky rail. Picture: Jay Town
A stretch of sky rail behind the back fence of the modern pad at 4/45 Rosstown Rd didn’t deter a crowd of at least 70 people from packing into the living area for yesterday’s auction.
As Woodards Elsternwick director and auctioneer Juanita Kelly began proceedings, she acknowledged a timely train cruising along the track outside.
Ms Kelly took its passing as a chance to address this “elephant in the room” — one that wasn’t too loud, it turned out — and the auction moved on smoothly with six bidders competing.
Woodards auctioneer Juanita Kelly with the new owner, Jim Konstantinidis. Picture: Jay Town
A young bidder offered a $360,000 start right away. Other parties soon joined and bidding rose quickly in $10,000 increments.
As it reached $480,000 the contest looked to be over. But two new bidders joined in, including the buyer, and the offers continued until the hammer fell at $555,000.
Light-filled, open-plan living space was on offer.
The ground-floor apartment had a $390,000-$425,000 price guide. It features an open-plan living area, a sleek kitchen, secure parking and north-facing courtyard.
Vendor Wendy Hall-Wiggins had put the property on the market as she was recently widowed. She and daughter Ruby were glad it had sold so they could move on to the next phase of their lives. “It’s a relief,” she said.
The Rosstown Rd apartment is in a modern complex near Carnegie’s retail and restaurant strip.
Buyer Jim Konstantinidis wasn’t bothered by the sky rail next to his new home, and had been searching in Carnegie for some time.
“I’ve looked at a few, and I missed out on one on Koornang Rd,” he said.
Mr Konstantinidis, who recently sold in Malvern East, said he was drawn to Carnegie for its amenities and “central location”.
Wendy Hall-Wiggins and daughter Ruby were glad to have the property sold.
Ms Kelly said the train line hadn’t hindered the auction.
Demand for Carnegie apartments was “through the roof”, with a growing foodie culture helping to attract buyers, Ms Kelly said.
The apartment was the most viewed property on realestate.com.au going under the hammer this weekend.