Andrew and Felicity Socnik bid an emotional goodbye to the Reservoir home they bought earlier than getting married and having two sons, after the property offered in a aggressive public sale on Saturday.
The husband and spouse purchased their three-bedroom home at 4 Kia Ora Rd in 2011, a couple of 12 months earlier than their wedding ceremony.
The property was a diamond within the tough after they acquired it.
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“It was a one-owner home previous to us, so you possibly can think about what it was like – outdated, with lime partitions and brown carpets – however we noticed the potential in it,” Ms Socnik mentioned.
“As quickly as we bought the keys we held a working bee with our household and pulled up the lino and tiles within the kitchen.”
Mr Socnik, who runs property upkeep firm ASAP All Property Providers, renovated the house.
“5 weeks earlier than our first son – who’s now seven – was born, we determined to do a greater renovation and rewired, replastered and repainted the kitchen,” Mr Socnik mentioned.
“Fortunate he was born one week late, as I hadn’t completed the repainting.”
These days, their sons, Archie and four-year-old Rupert, love the house, the place bi-fold doorways open to a coated yard deck.
“We regularly have the neighbours and buddies over to look at a film or footy on a projector display on the market,” Mr Socnik mentioned.
The public sale started with a $1m bid, inside the $950,000-$1.045m asking vary.
Jellis Craig Reservoir associate and auctioneer Anthony Lapadula introduced the property in the marketplace at $1.1m.
With 4 bidders competing for the keys, the house offered for $1.145m.
Mr Lapadula mentioned the purchasers had been a household from close by Fawkner, prompting each Ms and Mr Socnik to burst into tears.
“We’re glad and happy it’ll a younger household,” Mr Socnik mentioned.
Nonetheless, the Socniks usually are not transferring too distant, after shopping for a brand new residence in Reservoir.
Mr Socnik mentioned he was trying ahead to renovating the circa-Eighties home, which has a big backyard for Rupert and Archie to take pleasure in and was beforehand residence to a former Preston (now Darebin) municipality mayor.
Mr Lapadula, who has simply opened the Jellis Craig Reservoir workplace, mentioned his crew was getting “a number of demand from patrons coming from the inside metropolis”.
“Reservoir may be very common as a result of there’s nonetheless a bit of little bit of worth left, versus Thornbury, Northcote and even Preston now, the place that ship has sailed,” he mentioned.
Mr Lapadula mentioned the suburb has good infrastructure, colleges and public transport.
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