Meet Robbie & Bec Brammell
SEARCH LOCATION: Bayside, Melbourne
BUDGET- $850,000 max (including stamp duty)
THE BRIEF: Sick of wasting money on renting in West Melbourne, Robbie and Bec are ready to take the big step into the property market and buy their first home. As they have two young daughters they want a secure family environment for them to grow up in, they want to be as close to the beach as they can afford and they want to be in an area with good schools. Being close to public transport is important for Robbie with his daily commute to the CBD for work. This lovely family is looking for a 3 bedroom unrenovated preferably brick house with character and lots of natural light that they can move into and slowly renovate. A family friendly street and off-street parking are a must, as is a big backyard with potential for a swimming pool, which is Robbie’s dream!
PROPERTY #1 ADDRESS: Wickham Rd, Hampton East, VIC
Sale Price - $650,000 – 750,000
This retro stunner is a freestanding 3-bedroom red brick veneer 1960’s home on a sundrenched corner block. With only one owner, the house is in immaculate condition and can be comfortably lived in for 6 months or 6 years before starting a renovation. This property has good bones and terrific renovating potential, and with a large north facing backyard, once the 3-car garage goes there’s plenty of room for Robbie’s swimming pool!
Land Size - 584 m2
Agent – Scott Hamilton, Buxton Sandringham
Area Description - The gentrification of Hampton East is well on its way and this suburb is a good first step into the Bayside property market. Wedged between Bluff Road and the Nepean Highway, Hampton East is an upcoming area for young families and has a great mix of public, private and independent schools, lots of parklands, cafés, shopping centres and public transport options. This area has a real mix of living options, from luxury homes to modern townhouses through to renovated and untouched period homes, apartments and housing commission. The median house price is $722,250.
PROPERTY #2 ADDRESS: Auckland St, Bentleigh, VIC
Sale Price - $650,000 – 700,000
House Description: This cute weatherboard 1940’s house sits on a quiet street in Bentleigh. It has two bedrooms and a study that can be converted to the third bedroom. The lounge and formal dining room are situated at the front of the house, with beautiful Art Deco ceilings and the original fireplace. Walk through to an open plan kitchen/living/dining area at the back that opens onto the west facing rear deck and terrific garden – perfect for kids and with plenty of room for a swimming pool. This house has good renovating potential or is perfectly livable as is.
Land Size - 585 m2
Agent – Harold Laver, Century 21 Bentleigh
Area Description - Bentleigh is about 12km southeast of Melbourne’s CBD. It’s quiet and suburban with a good selection of schools. There’s a real mix of weatherboard cottages, substantial Californian bungalows and brand new architecturally designed homes in Bentleigh, yet it still retains a good old-fashioned reputation for being a family friendly area with good value for money. This is a popular suburb for first homeowners looking for more bang for their buck.
PROPERTY #3 ADDRESS: Tranmere Ave, Carnegie, VIC
Sale Price - $730,000 – 800,000
House Description: Built in 1910 for the Carnegie stationmaster, this Edwardian timber cottage has original features including open fireplaces and 11ft high ceilings. There are three bedrooms, a good size lounge room and the open plan kitchen/dining area that could do with an update. French doors open to the rear verandah and a large west-facing garden with miles of space for a swimming pool. This house has loads of renovating potential and a great opportunity to add value. Carnegie railway station is 5 minutes walk up the street, as is the busy main shopping strip. The median house price for Carnegie is $803,000
Land Size - 563 m2
Agent – Mark Staples, Hocking Stuart Carnegie
Area Description - Carnegie is 12km south east of Melbourne’s CBD. Koornang Road is regarded as one of the best old style shopping strips in the area. There’s an eclectic mix of shops, cafes and restaurants. You’ll find Malaysian, Korean, Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Indian, Italian, Greek and Russian! The public transport in this neck of the woods is great. Monash University is close by and Carnegie Primary School is highly regarded.