Under the hammer this Saturday

CAKES, truffles and cookies have been luring buyers into 244 Gower St, Preston ahead of Saturday’s midday (AEST) auction.

“The sellers bake at every open inspection, gluten-free and sometimes dairy-free goodies,” Ray White Preston’s Chris Vlahos said.

“On Saturday it was sticky date and on Wednesday it was truffles, but we’ll have champagne on auction day.”

The 1892 single-fronted brick Victorian home was constructed as an investment property for John Sullivan, a farmer on what was one of the largest estates in Preston during the land boom of the late 1800s.

Mr Vlahos said the residence (below), which is only 10kms from Melbourne’s CBD, had been beautifully modernised without losing any of the traditional character.

“It’s just such a special home which has been lovingly owned by the sellers for more than ten years,” he said.

“They kept all the cornices and great features, so it’s still got that Victorian feel but it’s modern at the same time.

“The bathroom is amazing and so big you can almost have cocktail parties in there.”

Mr Vlahos is expecting a mix of young couples, working professionals, downsizers and investors at Saturday’s auction.

The price guide is $810,000 – $890,000.

Grab your winter woollies and head to the early morning auction of a post-war renovation project at 31 Agincourt St, Grange.

The 1960s house (above) is on a 607sq m block only 8kms from Brisbane’s CBD.

Ray White Alderley’s Kim Ridings said buyers have the opportunity to renovate the existing dwelling or remove and build new, subject to council approval.

“It’s a brilliant property, attracting young couples happy to renovate,” Ms Ridings said.

“They want to be in the Wilston primary school catchment and near Kedron Brook.”

An hour from Sydney but a world away from the stress of urban living is this prized waterfront home (above) at 3 Neil St, Bundeena which is going under the hammer on-site at 3.15pm (AEST).

“It’s one of those peaceful seaside spots and as soon as you drive into the national park, you feel the stress melt away,” Ray White Double Bay sales executive Kim Hayes said.

“Many locals have commented that they believe it’s the best address in Bundeena on the basis of position to the water.

“You step out onto virtually your own private beach and the view is all-encompassing.”

Ms Hayes has fielded interest from buyers keen on the five-bedroom, four-bathroom property as a holiday home, weekender or lucrative rental.

There’s a price guide attached to 3 Neil St, Bundeena of around $2.7 million.

Young families are showing great interest in Saturday afternoon’s auction of a contemporary two-storey Canberra home (above) at 64 Brereton St, Garran.

The 1007sq m block is on arguably one of Garran’s best streets which is close to excellent schools, local shops, medical facilities, transport and the nature trails of Red Hill.

“Garran is very popular because it has Garran Primary School which is continually rated as one of the best schools,” Ray White Canberra’s Nicky Symon said.

Ms Symon said the property is also ideal for modern professionals working at the nearby Canberra Hospital.

Originally built in 1977, the house has undergone many architectural changes and renovations over the years to now offer large open-plan and versatile living spaces while making the most of the hillside position and panoramic views.

Also on Saturday afternoon, Ray White Port Adelaide principal Nick Psarros is managing the auction of an art deco sandstone-fronted family home (above) at 6 Selkirk Ave, Seaton.

There is the option here to further renovate the three-bedroom residence, or subdivide and retain the original home, subject to council approval.

“It’s a large 812sq m parcel of land and Seaton is the second highest suburb for development applications for subdivisions in Adelaide,” Mr Psarros said.

“There are lots of new homes going up everywhere so we have buyers who want to buy to live in the house and those who want to buy to knock down and build.”

Mr Psarros said Seaton is growing in popularity because of its proximity to the CBD as well as the beach.

“I’m seeing interest in the area from those who live out north, wanting to come closer to the city and build their dream home,” he said.