Sabiha and Joseph Temelli (centre) have sold the grand home they built in Wheelers Hill almost 25 years ago. They’re pictured with their son-in-law Samir, daughter Priscilla, grandson Isaiah, sons Matthew and Michael, and daughter-in-law Xanthi. Picture: Sarah Matray
WHEELERS Hill’s own White House has earned $2.02 million at auction, in a bittersweet ending for the family who built it almost 25 years ago.
Joseph and Sabiha Temelli, now aged 63 and 60 respectively, bought the 832sq m block at 110 Grandview Rd back in 1986 for just $78,000.
They finished building the grand residence about eight years later and it’s since become a local landmark, thanks to its striking facade with wraparound concrete balconies and elevated corner block at the top of the street.
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About 150 people watched Harcourts auctioneer Andrew Dimashki sell 110 Grandview Rd, Wheelers Hill for $2.02 million. Picture: Sarah Matray
Inside the grand home, which was marketed as Wheelers Hill’s White House.
Harcourts Judd White auctioneer Andrew Dimashki said the property’s fame among residents in the area had sparked “a bit of a pilgrimage” to it throughout the four-week selling campaign.
At the auction yesterday, he told the 150-strong crowd the residence “conjure(d) the pure grandness … of the White House” and offered “breathtaking views”.
Four bidders took the three-level, five-bedroom home $220,000 past reserve in a slow and steady auction that dragged almost 40 minutes, despite only 23 bids being placed.
The main bedroom offered spectacular views.
The buyer said she liked the home’s grand style.
A family moving to Melbourne from China was the buyer. Chunling, who did not provide her surname, said through a translator that she had fallen for the house’s “style”, notably its striking chandeliers and landscaped gardens.
Joseph and Sabiha raised their three children, Michael, Priscilla and Matthew, at the palatial home. But now two of their kids have married and moved out, it’s too big for them.
The house was refreshed, with new chandeliers installed, before the sale.
The Temelli family said it had been tough to sell their longtime home.
Michael said the decision to sell had been an emotional one.
“It hasn’t 100 per cent sunk in yet,” he said after the auction.
“Good luck to the next owners, they seem like a nice bunch of people. They said, ‘if you ever want to come back for whatever reason, feel free’.”
The 33-year-old said the house had been the site of many Christmas and birthday celebrations and, recently, a family gathering before his wedding to Xanthai.
He, his siblings and brother-in-law Samir refreshed the house ahead of the auction, repainting it inside and out, laying new carpet and installing LED chandeliers.
The house offered uninterrupted views.