Lance Franklin’s Donvale house sold under the hammer.
AFL superstar Lance ‘Buddy’ Franklin has kicked an off-season goal, selling his Donvale house under the hammer for $1.415 million.
The Hawk-turned-Swan lived at the four-bedroom property at 14 Woodhall Wynd for a short time before moving to Sydney in 2013. His father, Lance Snr, moved in after his son’s departure.
It was a slow start to the auction, with three consecutive vendor bids before two parties booted up the price in $1000 and $5000 increments.
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Inside the Donvale property.
It sold under the hammer for $1.415 million.
After a half time break, the property was called on the market at $1.4 million and sold five bids later.
The buyer was a Chinese woman, who did not want to be named. She said she had no idea about the property’s football history.
“This is my first purchase in Australia, I only moved here two weeks ago,” she said.
“When I stepped into the house it immediately felt like home.”
It was owned by Franklin since 2008.
A woman who moved from China two weeks ago purchased the home.
Franklin with his dad Lance Snr after his 2008 premiership win.
During the campaign, Franklin and his wife, Miss Universe Australia winner Jesinta, bought a house in Perth. The latest $340,000 investment in Yanchep will be Lance Snr’s next home.
Jellis Craig, Ringwood, director William Lyall said Buddy’s father had mementos of his son’s footballing triumphs at the Donvale house.
“The rumpus room upstairs was wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling memorabilia,” Mr Lyall said.
“Ranging from Buddy’s under-18 and state rep days in WA, through to All-Australian things and premierships with the Hawthorn footy club and a little bit of Swans stuff in there as well.”
Lance and Jesinta Franklin on the 2018 Brownlow red carpet. Picture: Michael Klein
Franklin sold the house because it’s unlikely he’ll move back to Melbourne soon.
While more than 60 people came to stickybeak yesterday, the footy souvenirs were already relocated.
Mr Lyall said the Franklin’s, who live in Sydney’s Rose Bay, had sold because it was unlikely they’d move to Melbourne “anytime soon”.
CoreLogic shows Franklin bought the Donvale house for $863,500 in 2008, the same year as his first premiership with Hawthorn.
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