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former melbourne football club home to rookie players listed

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908 Malvern Rd, Armadale was once owned by the Melbourne Football Club and used to board country and interstate players on the club’s rookie list.

SELLERS of an Armadale house owned by the Melbourne Football Club in the 1970s are hoping for a slick handball at auction later this month.
The home at 908 Malvern Rd was used to house country and interstate rookies until the club made a $64,000 disposal of the home in 1978.

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908 Malvern Rd, ArmadaleThe house certainly kicks goals from a natural light perspective.

Players who lived there included Peter Johnston, who went on to play 108 games for Geelong, and Michael Byrne who later collected a premiership with Hawthorn in 1983.
Weekend barbecues at the house also regularly attracted the likes of AFL Hall of Famer Robbie Flower, who went on to captain the side from 1981-87, and Carl Ditterich who both captained and coached the Demons in 1979 and 1980.

908 Malvern Rd, ArmadaleA range of period features in the home include decorative ceilings, Baltic pine floors and fireplaces.

Marshall White’s John Manton said with strong family appeal, the grand Edwardian house had already proved on the mark with a few potential buyers.
Armadale’s tightly held nature meant there was always some interest for homes in the suburb, particularly those on a bigger block — such as the 831sq m at this residence, Mr Manton said.
“Houses on that size land in the suburb are hard to get,” he said.
“It’s perfectly liveable as it is, but down the track you could tackle a renovation.”

908 Malvern Rd, ArmadaleAnd for the kids, the open-plan living space at the rear has more than enough space for a few quick handballs when mum and dad aren’t looking.

The home has been with the current owners since 1999.
It has a tessellated tile entry, Baltic pine floorboards through the rest of the home, high ceilings and an open-plan living space at the rear that’s almost big enough to kick the footy around in.

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An outdoor entertainment space still has room for a barbecue, and space for two cars via a Kooyong Rd entry.
The house goes to auction with a $3.5-$3.75 million asking price at 1.30pm, October 27.

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