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Elizabeth Chong: Chinese cuisine queen sells Richmond townhouse

Elizabeth Chong selling house
Written by The ReReport
As seen in the Source link, written by realestate.com.au on 2019-10-27 12:00:00

Elizabeth Chong has sold her Richmond townhouse. Picture: Josie Hayden

Celebrity chef Elizabeth Chong has cooked up the sale for her Richmond home, where she lived for 22 years.

The Chinese cuisine expert, whose father is credited for popularising the dim sim, sold her three-bedroom townhouse sold for $1.5 million.

Six bidders pushed the price $200,000 above reserve at the hot auction, before a young professional couple secured the keys.

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The light-filled townhouse sold for $1.5 million.

Ms Chong has lived at the property for more than 20 years.

Ms Chong said she was “extremely happy and excited” by the result for 2/28 Abinger St, where she’d hosted famous friends including Bert and Patti Newton and cooking school students.

She congratulated buyer Anna, who chose not to give her last name.

Anna said winning the keys ended a three year search for a home with her husband, after they moved to Melbourne from Queensland.

The celebrity chef cooked up feasts in her kitchen.

The townhouse was built about 25 years ago.

“It was the open and welcoming feel of the place that we loved, which has been hard to find in townhouses,” Anna said.

“We thought living here was perfect for a couple and big enough for future plans too.”

Ms Chong has taught more than 35,000 Aussies to cook Chinese cuisine since 1961 and appeared on Good Morning Australia in the 1990s and 2000s.

Elizabeth Chong selling house

Jellis Craig auctioneer Elliot Gill with the crowd. Picture: Josie Hayden

Ms Chong’s study was filled with recipe books and awards.

She bought the Richmond townhouse for $320,000 in 1997 according to CoreLogic.

The 88-year-old said it was time to downsize to a single-storey home, although she was yet to find something on the market she liked.

She had loved being in the “middle of Richmond” and near Victoria St, where her daughter Angie hosts food tours.

The home has a north-facing terrace to enjoy in warmer weather.

Elizabeth Chong selling house

There were six bidders at the auction. Picture: Josie Hayden

The open-plan living room, which was filled with natural northern light, had been great for entertaining, she added.

“As I love cooking, it’s no problem for me to host events, whether it’s Christmas, Chinese New Year, anybody’s birthday, Mother’s Day — it’s been a good place to gather,” Ms Chong said.

The main bedroom features an ensuite and balcony.

Jellis Craig Richmond director Elliot Gill said young couples hoping to stay in Richmond, downsizers and investors had been interested in the property.

He said the 25-year-old building had been well-maintained and was ready to move into.

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