Marty Godfrey and Jude Leon
SEARCH LOCATION: Melbourne
BUDGET- $650,000 – 675,000
THE BRIEF: This double income no kids couple are getting married in August and are keen to put down some roots. They love to entertain so are looking for a place with a great kitchen flowing on to a nice outdoor space. The house must have character, be light and bright with 2 to 3 bedrooms. A nice size backyard is important because they want to get a dog. Access to good public transport is also important as they don’t have a car. Ideally they would like to be able to walk to the local ‘village’ and the shops, cafes and pubs, as well as being close to local parks and cycle ways.
PROPERTY #1 ADDRESS: Lambeth St, Kensignton, VIC
Sale Price - $655,000+
SOLD FOR $690,000
We chose this house because it’s an area they like and friends live close by. This is a pretty street with a mix of Victorian attached terraces and weatherboards. Surprisingly, this single fronted Victorian and freshly renovated terrace is quite spacious inside with two double bedrooms plus fireplaces in each, a bright living area with a tiny courtyard, a spacious dining room that flows through to the kitchen and back courtyard. Buses and trains run at the end of the street and it’s also only 1km to Bellair St for great coffee, restaurants, local shops the train and tram.
Land Size - 161m2
Agent – Warwick Gardiner - Greg Hocking Real Estate Albert Park
Area Description - Kensington is an up and coming area with a good sense of community only 4km northwest of Melbourne’s CBD. You’ll find pretty tree lined streets with cute Victorian terraces, Edwardian freestanding weatherboard cottages and more contemporary homes in this suburb with a real working class background. There’s also a number of housing commission estates. The hub of Kensington is the Macaulay Road shopping strip, which turns the corner into Bellair Street, a mecca for coffee lovers and lovers of good food. Median house price $645,000
PROPERTY #2 ADDRESS: Queen St, Coburg, VIC
Sale Price - $640,000 – 675,000
SOLD AT AUCTION FOR $650,000
House Description: In a quiet street but only minutes from public transport on Moreland Rd is this cute 3 bedroom weatherboard California Bungalow. There are fantastic character details including original leadlight windows, light fittings and cedar paneling. The house was extended a while ago to include a new kitchen, living and dining area with bathroom and laundry, but there’s still room for improvement. French doors open to the back verandah and lovely backyard, perfect for a couple of dogs.
Land Size - 318m2
Agent – Shelley Quinn - Brad Teal Real Estate Coburg
Area Description - Coburg is 8km north of Melbourne’s CBD and is one of the most multi-cultural suburbs in Melbourne, originally with a strong Greek and Italian presence but in more recent times people from Arabic backgrounds have made it home. It’s becoming increasingly popular with young professionals and young couples with families as you get more bang for your buck here than in the inner suburbs. Housing here is a mix of Victorian with some Edwardian houses, apartments and California bungalows. The median house price is $576,000.
PROPERTY #3 ADDRESS: Raleigh St, Thornbury, VIC
Sale Price - $640,000 – 700,000
SOLD AT AUCTION FOR $805,000
House Description: Quirky and cute, this property has Marty and Jude’s names all over it! It’s a semi-detached 2 bedroom Edwardian blending a bright modern feel with loads of character. Features include a sunny front verandah, 11 ft high ceilings and 2 spacious bedrooms, the 2nd with a full length built in robe. The living room has the original fireplace and a set of fabulous floor to ceiling paned windows; the kitchen is light filled with windows running the length of it and opens to a rear deck, pretty garden and separate studio out the back that could be a 3rd bedroom or study. Median house price is $690,000.
Land Size - 214m2
Agent – Sam Rigopolous / Eric Brown - Hocking Stuart Northcote
Area Description - Thornbury is 7km northeast of the CBD. It’s a multicultural community with strong Italian and Greek roots. It’s close to everything and the High St has a vibrant pub, café, and restaurant scene and there’s lots of parks in the area. There’s great access to public transport as well as cycle ways. The median house price is $690,000.