Western Bulldogs champ Lindsay Gilbee is hoping to collar a buyer for his Box Hill South house.
The former defender and his wife Jess bought the 8 Asquith St property in 2013 — the year after he hung up his boots following a 206-game AFL career, highlighted by All-Australian selection in 2006.
Gilbee went on to spend five seasons as a St Kilda assistant coach under Alan Richardson, including a year in the top job at the Saints’ VFL affiliate the Sandringham Zebras in 2017, before signing on as senior coach of SFNL club the Port Melbourne Colts for 2019.
The Gilbees have $1.5-$1.65 million price hopes for their three- to four-bedroom home, where they’ve raised sons Oliver and Darcy.
The property is due to be auctioned on November 30, but the couple is open to prior offers.
The ex-footballer told the Herald Sun he and his wife had thoroughly renovated the single-storey residence.
They worked within the original footprint, but “moved walls” to create an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area, and a more free-flowing floorplan. They also added a new roof.
“It’s nice and open now, and gets plenty of light,” the 38-year-old said.
Jess designed the crisp white interior, with polished timer floors and plantation shutters.
He’d loved spending time in the front garden, featuring a big tree that provided “plenty of shade throughout the summer” and beautiful leaves in autumn.
The house’s position — close to public transport, the Gardiners Creek trail and Roberts McCubbin Primary School, and within the Box Hill High School zone — had also been handy.
The family plans to stay in the area.
Marshall White selling agent Andrew Gibbons said the Gilbees were seeking a bigger backyard as their “two little boys were getting bigger”.
Their reno had ensured the next owner could move straight in and enjoy the home, or look at adding a storey if they chose.
Box Hill South had become popular with young professionals and families who couldn’t “afford Canterbury, Surrey Hills or Balwyn”, he said.