Most people wouldn’t fork out $1.4 million for a home without seeing it in person first – but for one newlywed couple, a virtual tour was all they needed to say ‘I do’.
While still on their honeymoon overseas, the couple outbid four other interested parties for 34 Fenwick St Clifton Hill after taking a tour of the house with the groom’s mother over FaceTime, according torealestate.com.au.
Jellis Craig Fitzroy auctioneer Simon Shrimpton said 108 people had inspected the property in person, but the winning bidders were the only ones to do so virtually.
“I took [the groom’s] mum through the property on Thursday and she did a FaceTime inspection for them. They hadn’t seen it in person, only virtually,” Mr. Shrimpton said.
“His mum also bid for them and purchased it.
“Then the purchasers met the vendors via FaceTime, and they congratulated each other.”
The three-bedroom, two-bathroom Clifton Hill beauty, situated just 15 minutes north of Melbourne, boasts upper-level city views and Yarra River parkland surroundings.
The home’s interiors aren’t short on luxuries either, with a main bedroom with contemporary ensuite, attractive living room with a gas log heater, large dining area overlooking light court, modern stone kitchen, powder room, laundry, polished floorboards, and secluded landscaped entertainment terrace.
At just 4 km northeast of the CBD, Clifton Hill is a hotbed of activity for buyers and sellers. The median sale prices for houses in the suburb is $1.4 million, making it nearly a million dollars higher than the national average of $485,000.
Although pricey, growth isn’t looking to slow down anytime soon for properties in Clifton Hill, either. Prices have skyrocketed by 14.72% on average over the past year – a far cry from the national average of just 4.30%.
Property listings in Clifton Hill also see an average of 1947 views, more than double that of the Victorian average.
Given the combination of contemporary features, elegant detailing and an enviable location, it’s not hard to see why the newlyweds jumped at the opportunity to snatch up 34 Fenwick St.
The property’s eventual sale for $1.439 million – $139,000 above the vendor’s reserve – also just goes to show that competition is fierce when it comes to securing that dream home.
Upsizers and downsizers had been eyeing the home, according to Mr. Shrimpton, but the winning couple plan to upsize into the balconied charmer.
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