A Victorian-era house in Hawthorn sold after auction.
IT was a family affair in Hawthorn, as two sisters bid on behalf of their brother at a popular auction.
The elegant Victorian at 48 Melville St drew a crowd of more than 100, as two determined parties vied for the keys.
Despite 14 back-and-forth bids, the four-bedroom home did not hit the vendor’s reserve, passing in at $2.145 million.
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It passed in for $2.145 million at auction.
But it took just half an hour for Lisa and Kate, who did not provide their surnames, to win the keys for $2.185 million.
The sisters from Kew said they bought the home for their brother, who lived overseas.
“It’s a period-era home by the park — they don’t make them like this anymore,” Lisa said.
Their brother plans to use the house as an investment property.
An entertainers’ deck is found at the rear.
More than 100 people attended the auction.
He trusted his sisters’ judgment and did not inspect the property before purchase.
Jellis Craig Hawthorn’s Geordie Dixon said the house had been popular with downsizers, families and professional couples.
“Hawthorn west is a highly sought-after pocket and it’s still getting a strong response in the market,” Ms Dixon said.
The property was bought by two sisters on behalf of their brother.
A nearby house at 100 Power St, Hawthorn, passed-in after no bids.
The corner block featured a modern interior, with a quiet bedroom wing and open-plan entertaining area. It had a pre-auction price guide of $2-$2.2 million.
But it was not all smooth sailing in the suburb, with another Victorian at 100 Power St passing in after no bids.
The family home is owned by ad director Mark Molloy, who listed the family home after changing scenes to Los Angeles. It is now for private sale with a suggested sale price of $2.2 million.
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