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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