Ben Cousins rented the Elsternwick house during his stint with Richmond.
BEN Cousins’ former Elsternwick rental home has scored a buyer, shortly after the siren sounded on its auction.
The renovated Edwardian attracted two bidders, but passed in under the hammer at $1.677 million on the weekend.
Gary Peer St Kilda director Jeremy Rosens said a $1.725 million sale was negotiated about 20 minutes later.
Cousins lived at 18 Willow St during his stint at the Richmond Football Club.
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18 Willow St, Elsternwick sold for $1.725 million after auction.
A second storey was added to the house in a renovation completed before Cousins moved in.
The troubled but brilliant midfielder joined the club in 2009 for the final two years of his 270-game AFL career. He played 12 seasons with West Coast before that, winning a premiership in 2006, Brownlow Medal in 2005, and four bests and fairests.
Mr Rosens said he didn’t talk footy with the buyer, a young couple who loved the turnkey home’s position in “a part of Melbourne that’s really come to life” near Rippon Lea Estate, public transport and top schools including Caulfield Grammar.
“It was a bit of a no-brainer for them to buy it and move straight in,” he said.
The sleek Caesarstone kitchen.
The living room opens out to the backyard.
The three-bedroom house’s seller was a “mad West Coast fan” who’d owned it since 2009, when CoreLogic records show it changed hands for $1.064 million.
The records show the property was also listed for rent in January 2009 for $850 per week.
It hit the market with a $1.55-$1.7 million price guide earlier this month.
Mr Rosens said the vendor had touched up the house during his ownership, but it had undergone a major renovation before Cousins moved in.
One of the home’s three bedrooms.
The modern bathroom.
The house offered an open-plan living and dining area, featuring a kitchen with Caesarstone benches, stainless steel appliances and a walk-in pantry.
The second storey — added during the reno — contained a “parents’ retreat” with a walk-in wardrobe, ensuite and separate study, while a quaint backyard with a pergola completed the 278sq m package.
The house is a drop punt from two other pads with links to famous faces — one renovated and sold byThe Block‘s Julia Treuel and Sasha Wright-Neville in May for $2.485 million, and another purchased by The Bachelor’s Sam Wood and Snezana Markoski in 2015 for $1.625 million.
Mr Rosens also sold these properties.
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