Wellness blogger and cookbook author Martyna Angell has sold the “luxurious” family home in Hunters Hill that helped make her one of the nation’s best-known proponents of healthy living.
The six-bedroom home fetched $3.685 million after the architect-designed Park Road house was called on the market at $3.65 million.
The house includes a gourmet kitchen where Ms Angell styled the two books that gained her fame – The Wholesome Cook and Recipes for Life’s Seasons.
Redesigned by Mark Armstrong in 2008, the home had previously traded at $2.22 million in 2013.
As the home was going to market, Ms Angell said she had fallen “in love with it all over again”.
“It will be hard to let go!” she told a fan on Instagram.
Ipswich, the urban district south-west of Brisbane, provided the nation’s cheapest weekend buying opportunity – the $155,000 sale of a three-bedroom house on 1047 sqm.
But it was only for the brave renovator or buyer prepared to start from scratch after its demolition.
Buyers who could “look past first impressions” and “know value when they see it” were encouraged to inspect, LJH agent Nick Ryan suggested.
The sale price represented a loss as it had last traded at $172,500 in 2006.
Its price was just above its $139,000 official land value.
Meanwhile, the national auction clearance rate edged up to 69.1 per cent across the capital cities as auction activity ramped up this week.
CoreLogic calculated some 1963 homes were taken to auction, increasing from the 1490 auctions held the prior week when 63.7 per cent of offerings found buyers under the hammer.
“Volumes are increasing at a slower pace,” CoreLogic auction analyst Kevin Brogan said, noting on the same weekend last February there had been 2291 offerings.
Sydney’s success rate soared back into the 70s with a 74.3 per cent clearance rate.
“It was well above the trend over the final quarter of 2017 where auction clearance rates were tracking in the low 50 per cent range,” Mr Brogan said.
But it was on subdued volume as the 718 offerings was down on the 856 at the same time last year.
Sydney had the nation’s top sale when $5.39 million was paid in Strathfield for 12 Elwin Street. Devine selling agent Greg Emerton said it had been in the same family for 48 years. It was a solid two-storey, double five-bedroom brick home on 1347 sqm.
Sydney’s cheapest result was an eastern suburbs studio apartment, for the second consecutive week.
The 28 square metre studio apartment at 7E/105 Cook Rd, Centennial Park fetched $390,000 pre-auction.
“It was an undercapitalised property easily accessible to Bondi Junction and the CBD,” selling agent Felice Cotroneo said.
There had been a $506,000 at 11/339 Oxford Street on the prior weekend for a 21 square metre offering.
Melbourne’s cheapest sale was also a studio apartment which sold at $230,000.
The 22/131 Glen Huntly Rd, Elwood offering had been tipped to fetch between $220,000 to $240,000.
Melbourne, where 923 properties went to auction, up from 619 on the prior weekend, recorded a steady 70.7 per cent preliminary clearance rate.
“This was the first week in some time where Sydney has outperformed Melbourne,” Kevin Brogan noted.
Melbourne’s top sale was a three-bedroom, two-bathroom house at 32A St Georges Road, Toorak that sold for its reserve price of $3.2 million.
It had been marketed as having a $2.9 million to $3.19 million price guidance.
There were two bidders with an Australian investor living offshore securing the offering against bidding from a locally-based Chinese family, Domain advised.
It was a 1930s Geoffrey Sommers-designed residence with more recent renovations by Nicholas Day.
A knockdown four-bedroom weatherboard home on a 436 square metre block in South Yarra fetched $3.03 million.
It had been tipped to fetch between $2.4 million and $2.6 million.
Adelaide recorded a preliminary auction clearance rate of 67.3 per cent. Prices ranged from $265,000 in Morphett Vale to $1,316,999 at Rose Park.
The 16 Grant Avenue, Rose Park result was well above the $1.1 million expectations for the four-bedroom 1900 sandstone offering.