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House Rules designer’s stylish abode fails to sell

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House Rules designer Carolyn Burns-McCrave failed to sell her outer-Melbourne home at the weekend. Photo: Noel Jones
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The renovated outer-Melbourne home of Channel 7 House Rules design expert Carolyn Burns-McCrave failed to sell at weekend auction.

The four-bedroom Mitcham property was passed in on a $1.72 million vendor bid with a $1,795,000 asking price revealed post-auction.

The home, with Hamptons-inspired grey weatherboard exterior, came with initial price hopes of $1.7 to $1.87 million.

The single-storey home had been her abode since paying $381,000 in 2003 with her building designer husband, Leonard McCrave.

“Every aspect of this home’s design has been well considered and completed to exacting standards,” Noel Jones marketing said.

“Your designer home awaits; embrace this rare opportunity now, and prepare to be wowed.”

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The home boasts four generous robed bedrooms, with ample living spaces. Photo: Noel Jones
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At the rear, it features a spacious rumpus room enjoys an abundance of natural light through high feature windows. Photo: Noel Jones
Mitcham property
The master bedroom has a fitted walk in robe and a contemporary ensuite with a wall hung vanity. Photo: Noel Jones

A contemporary five-bedroom home behind its Federation Armadale facade topped the nation’s results when it fetched $5.925 million at its weekend auction.

The 9 Alleyne Avenue, Armadale offering was the renovation project of advertising guru turned property developer Nick Condon, who was formerly managing director of ad agency DDB, and his interior designer wife Kate Beadle.

They secured $900,000 above reserve for the 1910 home that traded in 2014 unrenovated at $2.022 million. They kept the home’s charming red brick facade and the front four rooms, adding a modern extension with five-metre high ceilings at the rear.

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This five-bedroom Federation residence fetched $5.925 million at auction. Photo: Marshall White
Armadale property
Along with breathtaking 5-metre high ceilings, the property has a built-in bar, open fireplace and a solar-heated pool. Photo: Marshall White

National clearance rates continued to trend below 70 per cent across the combined capitals, with preliminary results showing 69.1 per cent of auctions found a weekend buyer.

There were 2323 capital city auctions held this week, down from the 2444 held last week.

“This week’s preliminary result indicates that clearance rates are continuing to soften,” CoreLogic auction analyst Kevin Brogan said.

“Compared to results from one year ago clearance rates are relatively similar with the 67.4 per cent rate of clearance.”

Volumes are up slightly on last June when there were 2183 offerings.

Melbourne’s preliminary clearance rate increased to 71.9 per cent this week, according to CoreLogic, up from last week’s final of 71 per cent, when the lowest clearance rate since July last year was recorded.

Auction volumes decrease slightly with 1050 auctions held over the week, down from 1129 over the previous week.

Melbourne had the cheapest result when $262,000 was paid at Moonee Ponds. It had been tipped to sell for around $240,000 to $250,000.

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The Moonee Ponds apartment was the cheapest of the weekend at $262,000. Photo: Barry Plant

The one-bedroom at 6/78 Argyle Street had last sold in 1997 at $53,500.

Across Sydney, 918 homes were taken to auction this week with the preliminary clearance rate at 73.1 per cent.

The final clearance rate dropped for the third week in a row, with 66.7 per cent of the 927 auctions clearing last weekend.

The volume was lower one year ago, when 768 Sydney homes were taken to auction for a 73.4 per cent clearance rate.

Sydney’s highest result was a long way from the traditional Saturday auction hotspots, as winter triggers fewer listings.

Offered for the first time in 29 years, an imposing Glenhaven home on a five-acre estate fetched $4,625,000.

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The immaculate six-bedroom estate spans across five acres. Photo: Lumby Hampson
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It features a ground floor guests wing and an automatic four-car garage. Photo: Lumby Hampson

The vast six-bedroom residence was built in 2001. 

The preliminary clearance rate in Brisbane this week was 30.7 per cent from 129 auctions, down from 46.4 per cent the previous week from 151 auctions.

But Wilston secured a record price when a four-level home at 39 Ray Street sold for $3,851,000.

The seven-bedroom, seven-bathrooms trophy home sits on a 1657 sqm block, with a pool, pool house with a shower and bathroom, and a tennis court.

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The four-level Wilston home was purchased by an international buyer for a record $3,851,000. Photo: Queensland Sotheby’s International
Wilston property
The resort-like home features a salt water pool, tennis court and pool house. Photo: Queensland Sotheby’s International

It was sold through Queensland Sotheby’s International realty agent Douglas Tonkin to an international buyer, whose top bid broke the suburb record of $3.2 million.

“Fastidious owners have remodelled and extended the home to incorporate multi-level living flowing out to the finest in al fresco entertaining and recreation,” Mr Tonkin advised.

A total of 101 Adelaide homes were taken to auction, with a preliminary clearance rate of 67.6 per cent across 68 results.

Adelaide’s prices ranged between $313,000 at Ingle Farm and $940,000 for a 1950s house at Linden Park, which was marketed as representing land value. There had been $790,000 price guidance.

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This 1950s Linden Park home sold for more than $900,000. Photo: Harris

A four-bedroom home at 24 Sloan Road at Ingle Farm had been marketed with $300,000 price guidance.

In Perth, 54 auctions took place, with a preliminary clearance rate of 36 per cent higher than both last week’s result (32.3 per cent) and one year ago (31.9 per cent). 

Canberra’s preliminary auction clearance rate of 73.9 per cent this week is higher than last week, when the final auction clearance rate was 50.8 per cent.

Canberra’s top sale was $1.4 million when 79 David Street, O’Connor was auctioned, having been marketed with $1.25 million-plus hopes.

Jonathan Chancellor is editor at large at Property Observer.

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