Real Estate

‘It was a great place to grow up‘

Written by The ReReport

Liam Shiels is the vice captain of Hawthorn Football Club and a PlayOn Finance mortgage broker.

Where do you live?

In a single-fronted old Victorian house in Hawthorn East with my partner, Claire.

What property do you own?

The house I live in, which I bought off-market in 2011 and was the first place that I ever bought; and a house in the neighbouring suburb of Richmond that I recently purchased and rent out. The properties are very similar: both single-fronted old Victorians.

What do you love most about your home?

The location. The house itself is quite small but a stone’s throw away from some beautiful parkland where I can go and unwind after training.

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Have you changed anything?

I was lucky because the interior of my home had recently been renovated before I bought the property. But I have added a deck and some day beds in the backyard — I wanted to make it an area I can entertain guests or just relax and read the paper.

One more thing you’d change?

I would love more storage space, especially in the bedroom. I love shoes and would like a big walk-in wardrobe to store them in.

How many homes have you lived in?

I have only ever lived in three houses: my family home, which I lived in until I was 19; a rental in Hawthorn East, which I shared with two friends; and the house around the corner from that, where I am currently living.

The most memorable?

My family home, at the base of the Dandenong Ranges, in the outer-eastern suburbs of Melbourne. It was a great place to grow up. I made so many good memories with my family and friends at that home.

Are you a keen or reluctant buyer?

I would say I am a keen property buyer. I think it is a very stable and reliable way to invest, especially in Melbourne.

How many homes have you bought and ever sold?

Bought two. Haven’t sold any yet.

The highlights of your property journey?

Seeing the Melbourne property market thrive over the years.

Best property advice you’ve heard?

Do your research and don’t rush into anything. Buying a property is a big decision.

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