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city buyers seeking country lifestyle splash seven figure price on 1850s romsey homestead

Written by The ReReport

213 Knox Rd, Romsey, one of the suburb’s original homes circa 1850s has been snapped up by Melbourne buyers for $2.03 million.

A CITY buyer has splashed a whopping $2.03 million on one of Romsey’s original homes, the highest priced paid for a property in the suburb this year.
The buyers from Melbourne’s southeastern suburbs snapped-up the 1850s four-bedroom homestead on a 8.5ha block at 213 Knox Rd on November 17.
CoreLogic records show the price is the highest paid for a property in Romsey this year. It has also set a new benchmark price for a house on a block less than 10ha in size in the suburb.
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Two bidders hotly contested the auction, pushing the sale well beyond the $1.725-$1.85 million asking price.
Keatings Real Estate’s Sandi Barry-Mueller said the auction lasted 13 minutes and included 65 bids that rose in $5000 increments.
“The vendors were over the moon with the result, as were the buyers,” she said.
“They all met up after the auction over a bottle of champagne and got on like a house on fire.”

The homestead has been renovated and extended over the years.

The buyers had been hunting for a lifestyle property in the Macedon Ranges for about 18 months.
“They missed out on a home in the area a short time ago,” Ms Barry-Mueller said.
“They just love the house and the old oak tree at the front.”
Ms Barry-Mueller said the sellers, who were downsizing to a property in the area, bought the home about 15 years ago from a family who had owned it since the 1930s.

The kitchen features a mix of old and new.

Once owned by Irish farmers and Essendon publicans, the house named Linwen was renovated and extended over the years.
Ms Barry-Mueller described it as a classic Australia rural homestead with original period details, including thick bluestone walls, a high gabled roof and a concave veranda.
“It is in a beautiful garden with stunning mature trees and amazing country views,” she said.
The property attracted buyers looking for a lifestyle property within an easy drive of Melbourne’s CBD and airport.

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