Lester and Mieken Sawyer secure 10 Lupton St, Geelong West at auction. Picture: Mike Dugdale
A CHARMING character home in one of Geelong West’s most sought after streets has sold for $35,000 above expectations at auction.
The buyers, Lester and Mieken Sawyer, have recently relocated to Geelong after 40 odd years in the New South Wales town of Albury.
The couple spent four months searching for a house to buy and fell in love with the charm of 10 Lupton St.
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Auctioneer Will Ainsworth, of McGrath. Picture: Mike Dugdale
They outbid two other bidders to secure the property for $725,000.
“This will be our retirement home and our forever home for the next 20 years or so,” Mrs Sawyer said.
“We are moving to be closer to family in Melbourne and Torquay and I have a connection to the area as I used to holiday down here.”
Winning bidders Lester and Mieken Sawyer are congratulated by their daughter Eleanor (left). Picture: Mike Dugdale
The period house has a charming facade.
The two-bedroom, two-bathroom and three-car garage property is a rarity according to McGrath, Geelong agent Will Ainsworth.
“It is blue ribbon real estate in a tightly held pocket of Geelong West,” Mr Ainsworth said.
“It is not a thoroughfare and it is cute as a button.”
The house has contemporary updates throughout.
Period features including leadlight windows and original floorboards have been retained in the house that blends seamlessly with contemporary updates.
A three-car garage with workshop has rear lane access.
The median house price in Geelong West has increased 11.1 per cent in the past year to $700,000, according to CoreLogic.