Legendary sports commentator Bruce McAvaney is calling time on his Melbourne base — a stylish apartment in a converted chocolate factory.
McAvaney has listed his two-bedroom pad occupying the top two floors of Fitzroy’s former MacRobertson’s factory for private sale, with a $1.35 million asking price.
The Channel 7 fixture told the Herald Sun he and his wife Annie Johnson bought 13/165 Rose St four years ago because they were considering moving back to Australia’s sporting capital from Adelaide.
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“This would have been our home,” McAvaney said.
“But our children have now left home and our extended family are in Adelaide.
“We love it and are very sad to let it go.”
McAvaney said they now planned to “eventually build a small place down on the Fleurieu Peninsula”, south of South Australia’s capital.
CoreLogic records show they paid $1.1 million for the Fitzroy apartment.
The AFL, Olympic Games and cricket broadcaster — who called his final Melbourne Cup last year and has also hung up the microphone on his Australian Open commentary — said the property had been “a fantastic work and meeting space”.
Both he and his journalist and producer wife had used it as a base while working in Melbourne, and “done a lot of filming” in the light-filled interior.
The couple had also enjoyed the apartment’s “city views from every window”, terrace where they would “light the barbecue and watch the lights come on at dusk”, and underfloor heating.
Fitzroy also had a “different flavour” to Richmond and South Yarra, where they’d previously lived.
“There’s a much greater variety of cafes and dining, particularly the gastropubs on every second corner,” McAvaney said.
“We use the Fitzroy baths and gym every day while we’re there, and walk the dog to Edinburgh Gardens.”
The 65-year-old Order of Australia recipient said they’d installed an “eco-friendly fireplace” in the apartment, which had “worked so well, we’ve copied it in Adelaide”.
They also updated the kitchen and two bathrooms.
Nelson Alexander selling agent Marek Olech expected the property’s New York loft style and location in the “epicentre of everything that’s cool in Fitzroy” to attract a mixed bag of buyers. These would likely include empty nesters, double-income couples with no kids, and “creatives”.
Mr Olech said the apartment was one of 17 in the warehouse building — a consistently hot property type in Melbourne’s inner-north — and also came with off-street parking.
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