A vendor who installed a bathtub on the roof of her chic Richmond townhouse has cleaned up at auction.
A first-home buyer from Fitzroy won the keys to 34 Jubilee Place for $1.101 million after two other bidders — including a couple scrubbed up for Derby Day — pulled the plug.
The two-bedroom pad had been quoted at $900,000-$990,000, and Buckingham & Company auctioneer Sean Rice announced it on the market at $1.095 million.
The buyer, who didn’t wish to be named, said she had been drawn to the townhouse’s “unique” design that allowed natural light to flood in.
Seller Andrea Mudford said adding the bath to the rooftop terrace was “the first thing” she did after moving in six years ago — and it had “been absolutely amazing”.
“In the winter time, when it’s cold, you get a bubble bath going and have a glass of wine in there,” she said.
“In the summer, it’s like a splash pool.
“It’s nice and private — people can’t see you.”
Ms Mudford, who’s shared the double-storey home with her border collie-kelpie cross Belle, said its inner-city location had been another highlight.
“We’re also close to the Yarra, so I take Belle for a walk around there every day,” she said.
She said she was moving out of Melbourne for a “new challenge”.
Mr Rice told the auction crowd of about 20 that the property was in a quiet no-through road, which had just nine residences all up.
But it was still close to North Richmond station, the new Richmond High School, Victoria Gardens Shopping Centre, “institution” Hector’s Deli, and the sporting precinct.
“You can hear the roar of the crowd at the ‘G,” he said.
Its “New York-style” design was also rare for Richmond, instead more commonly seen in Collingwood and East Melbourne, according to the auctioneer.
Fellow Buckingham agent Ryan Buckingham said the agency had chosen to auction the property on the traditionally quiet Melbourne Cup ‘long weekend’ to “stand out from the crowd”.
Auction volumes fell from a year-high 1528 last week to 218 this week.