Real Estate

townhouse on Strathmore site set for auction

Written by The ReReport
As seen in the Source link, written by news.com.au on 2019-10-23 16:23:00

The pool room’s gone, and so is the kitchen where Sal Kerrigan whipped up her rissoles and chicken with seasoning.

But a Strathmore property famous for appearing in The Castle is still being buoyed by a lingering vibe from its association with the cult film.

The weatherboard house that starred as Darryl Kerrigan’s “castle” was removed from the Dagonet St block, next to Essendon Airport, and relocated to Beechworth following its sale in 2017.

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Three townhouses now occupy that block — and one of them, at 2/3 Dagonet St, is set to go under the hammer this weekend with a $570,000-$610,000 price guide.

Barry Plant Moonee Valley selling agent Paul Filippone said a mix of first-home buyers, investors and downsizers had expressed interest in making the brand new two-bedroom townhouse their castle.

“There’s a bit of nostalgia there — the notoriety of the property has given it a little bit of extra boost,” he said.

“We’ve had close to 50 groups through, which is a quite healthy number.”

Mr Filippone said the townhouse’s price point, “functional floorplan”, position in the Strathmore Secondary College zone, and the fact it was new had been selling points ahead of its 1pm auction this Saturday, October 26.

The ground floor features a study and a “generous” open-plan living, dining and kitchen area that opens out to a backyard with a tank and lockup carport.

Upstairs are two bedrooms and two bathrooms.

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Vendor Vicky Cosentino has owned the Strathmore property for more than 25 years, including when the 1997 flick starring Michael Caton and Stephen Curry was filmed there.

She subdivided the block to build the first townhouse several years ago, and constructed the other two (including the one for sale) after the original weatherboard was removed.

Eager not to demolish a piece of Aussie film history, Ms Cosentino sold the house without its land to businessmen George Fendyk and Geoffrey Lucas for $40,000 in 2017.

The weatherboard was chopped into four pieces and transported on a convoy of trucks to Beechworth’s former Mayday Hills Lunatic Asylum, which Mr Fendyk plans to turn into a caravan park featuring the film set as its centrepiece.

The local council rejected Mr Fendyk’s plans for the park in February, but he’s on the brink of fighting that decision in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

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