Finance Property ‘The most famous block of land in Australia’ to go under the hammer

‘The most famous block of land in Australia’ to go under the hammer

The incomplete 'Taj on Swan' mansion was bulldozed in 2016. Photo: AAP
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Perth’s ailing auction market – with its weekend clearance rate stuck in the 30s – has rarely captured much national attention.

But next weekend the notorious and prestigious Peppermint Grove super block of fertiliser tycoons Pankaj and Radhika Oswal, marketed as “the most famous block in Australia”, is set to go to auction.

The 2 Bay View Road site has been listed through Ray White agent Vivien Yap in conjunction with Sotheby’s agent Graham Bowie.

The partially-built, so-called ‘Taj on Swan’ mansion was demolished under council orders in 2016.

The mansion with Swan River views had sat unfinished after the Oswals quit Australia in 2010.

Initially there was a $30 million asking price for the super block, which over the years has been subject of international media attention.

The 6582-square-metre site, which could fit six homes, then came with reduced $19.5 million hopes last year.

The Oswals bought the consolidated block for $22.7 million in 2007 and started construction a year later.

Across the country

Sydney had the dearest weekend auction result when 18 Rutherford Av, Burraneer fetched $4.75 million pre-auction through estate agent David Highland. 

The deep waterfront 1150-square-metre parcel of land came with a house set over three substantial levels with expansive views over Gunnamatta Bay.

There were 400 auctions held in Sydney returning a preliminary auction clearance rate of 61.3 per cent. 

This $4.75 million buy defied Sydney’s otherwise lethargic weekend auction results.

Sydney’s prior week saw 408 auctions held with a final clearance rate of just 46.9 per cent, the lowest clearance rate the city has seen since December 2012. 

This time last year, 70.3 per cent of the 625 Sydney auctions held were successful.

Melbourne was the busiest capital city for auctions, with 612 homes going under the hammer, returning a preliminary clearance rate of 62.3 per cent, compared to last week when 56.2 per cent of the 559 auctions were successful. 

Over the same week last year, there were 833 auctions held in Melbourne, returning a clearance rate of 73.8 per cent.

Melbourne’s dearest reported sale was $2.74 million in Albert Park for a three-bedroom, two-level modernised terrace at 18 Page Street. There had been $2.5 million to $2.7 million price guidance through Greg Hocking Holdsworth. 

The highest preliminary clearance rate was recorded in Adelaide, where 75 per cent of the 48 reported auctions were successful.

The nation’s cheapest weekend sale was in Perth where a three-bedroom brick and tile home sold for $165,000 at Armadale, located on the south-eastern edge of Perth’s metropolitan area.

This home has dropped in value sharply in recent years.

The 1970s house has a renovated kitchen, new carpet in the bedrooms and a fresh coat of paint, Professionals Armadale selling agent Shane Denniston noted.

It had last sold at $270,000 in 2007 and at $185,000 in 2005.

Perth’s 38.5 per cent success rate was the weakest auction market sitting behind Brisbane’s 44 per cent.

Perth’s best auction clearance rates saw a 60-plus per cent peak in 2013 and before that in the 50s in 2010.

Perth dwelling values were 0.7 per cent over the three months to June 2018 and 2.1 per cent lower over the past year. 

Dwelling values in Perth are now 11.4 per cent lower than they were at their peak in June 2014, CoreLogic advises.

The national weekend auction volumes increased slightly over the week with 1246 homes taken to auction across the combined capital cities, up from the 1178 in the prior week, according to CoreLogic.

The preliminary clearance rate was recorded at 60.6 per cent this week, after finalised clearance rates have held around 52 per cent for the past three weeks.

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