Money Property Aussie actor Claudia Karvan sells in Sydney – others not so lucky
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Aussie actor Claudia Karvan sells in Sydney – others not so lucky

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Ms Karvan is best known for 'The Secret Life of Us', 'Newton's Law' and 'Love My Way'. Photos: AAP / Cobden & Hayson
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Actor Claudia Karvan and long-time partner Jeremy “Jez” Sparks have sold their inner Sydney warehouse on the eve of its scheduled weekend auction.

The undisclosed price was above its $2.7 million guidance for the Redfern warehouse.

The four-level laneway residence sold to purchasers who lived in the neighbourhood.

Karvan, currently on a film shoot in the Middle East, and Sparks, an engineer, had owned the four bedrooms, three bathrooms space with a garage for 15 years.

The 280-square-metre property comes with a north-facing rooftop terrace with city skyline views.

“I can’t imagine ever leaving Redfern,” she told The Sunday Telegraph as they own a nearby property.

The Charles Street warehouse residence comes with a door from a Clovelly petrol station; railway ceiling lights from Carriageworks; teak doors from Bali and a steel staircase from a 1960s factory.

It’s among five residences in the former clothing factory purchased by Sparks’ family in 1994.

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The Redfern building was formerly a clothing factory. Photo: Cobden & Hayson
The ‘house’ spans four levels of the warehouse. Photo: Cobden & Hayson
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It is capped by a north-facing rooftop terrace with city views. Photo: Cobden & Hayson
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The kitchen is appropriately decked out – but there’s also plenty of nearby eateries. Photo: Cobden & Hayson
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A unique ‘bird’s nest’ bedroom floats above the kitchen. Photo: Cobden & Hayson

The focus was on the Sydney auction market this week as Melbourne had low auction activity due to the Spring Racing Carnival.

The 801 Sydney auctions secured a preliminary 47 per cent clearance rate.

Sales included a five-bedroom hoarders’ estate at Roseville Chase.

Items collected for more than half a century saw both the home and its yard full of rubbish.

Four bidders of the 12 registered parties took the sale price to $1.763 million, some $263,000 above reserve for the 1100-square-metre holding at 17 Lockley Pd which was was described as a “worst house, best street opportunity”.

The buyers plan to rebuild.

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This messy home in Roseville Chase, Sydney was marketed as “totally unrenovated”. It still sold for $1.763 million. Photo: Raine & Horne

In Melbourne’s Fitzroy North a house vacated years ago after being gutted by fire sold for $970,000.

A young couple from the Fitzroy area won the keys to the building project, The Herald Sun reported.

There was heritage facade, but the rest of the 200-square-metre space would require a full rebuild costing an estimated $400,000 to $800,000.

There were just the two bidders for the 106 Queens Pde offering.

The house was announced on the market at $910,000 by the Sydney-based vendor.

Melbourne’s top sale was the so-called White House at Wheelers Hill that fetched $2.02 million, well above the $1,690,000 to $1,859,000 price guidance.

It was built by the Temelli family on the 832-square-metre block at 110 Grandview Rd bought in 1986 for $78,000.

They finished the grand residence about eight years later.

Harcourts Judd White auctioneer Andrew Dimashki saw it sold to a family moving to Melbourne from China.

Melbourne’s top sale was $2.02 million for this Wheelers Hill mansion. Photo: Harcourts

Melbourne saw a dip in volumes coming off the back of the second busiest week for auctions this year last week when 1709 properties went under the hammer.

There were only 264 Melbourne homes taken to auction on the Derby Day weekend, returning a preliminary clearance rate of 50.5 per cent. Last week, a final clearance rate of 48.6 per cent was recorded.

Nationally the first week of November saw fewer homes taken to auction across all the combined capital cities, after last week recorded the fifth busiest week for auctions this year with 2928 offerings.

There were a total of 1529 auctions held returning a preliminary auction clearance rate of 47.4 per cent, increasing only slightly on last week’s final clearance rate of 47 per cent.

“As the remaining results are collected, the final clearance rate will see its usual downward revision and likely come in lower than last week,” CoreLogic auction analyst Kevin Brogan said.

Over the corresponding week last year, a much higher 61.5 per cent of auctions were successful from 2046 listings.

Across the smaller auction markets, Adelaide was the best performing in terms of clearance rates with 57 per cent of auctions successful, while only 33.3 per cent of homes sold across Brisbane this week.

The Brisbane sales included a two-bedroom apartment in a leafy pocket of Taringa that fetched $380,000.

The 1/22 Union Street listing was last sold in 2007 for $397,000.

Jonathan Chancellor is editor at large at Property Observer

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