A MID-FLIGHT message while en route from Sri Lanka bought relief for a Geelong couple who successfully bid via proxy for their dream property.
“Wow” was the response from the new owners of 1/52 Clarendon St, Newtown when they heard the news their parents had secured the townhouse on their behalf.
They paid $760,000 for the refurbished three-bedroom townhouse just off the Pakington St shopping strip.
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The winning bidder said his son was unable to attend the auction due a planned holiday but didn’t want to miss out.
Buxton agent Tom Butters took an opening bid of $690,000 with two parties firing back rapid bids until the hammer fell.
Mr Butters said the location, with Chilwell Primary School at end of the street and GMHBA Stadium at the other, offered great lifestyle benefits.
“This is really entry level price point for Newtown and you get much more than an entry level home,” he said.
“You can move in and not do any work, smack bang in the heart of Newtown.”
He told the crowd the future looked bright for Geelong’s real estate market despite doom and gloom surrounding sliding growth in Melbourne.
The modern two-storey townhouse has two living areas, a study, two bathrooms, a single garage and north-facing deck for outdoor entertaining.