Essendon footy club champions Terry and Chris Daniher have sold their longtime Moonee Ponds investment property to first-home buyers on their wedding day.
The purchasers snapped up the double-fronted Victorian at 69 Darling St for $1.18 million shortly before its scheduled midday auction on Saturday — and their nuptials.
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“They were in the Yarra Valley preparing for the ceremony,” Nelson Alexander Ascot Vale selling agent Milo Rasinac said.
“Thank goodness for technology — we did it all over the phone and emails.”
Mr Rasinac said four parties had been interested in the four-bedroom house, which had been quoted at $1.15-$1.25 million. But some of them couldn’t obtain finance in time to buy.
“This young couple was just ready,” he said.
“They’ll extend and renovate and move in.”
The buyers both grew up in the Moonee Ponds area, so the property’s location near parks, walking trails, the Maribyrnong River, Puckle St’s cafes and shops, schools and public transport won them over.
Mr Rasinac said the sale showed it was crucial for buyers to have their finance sorted before starting to seriously look for properties, especially in today’s tough lending environment.
The Daniher brothers had owned the property since their playing days with the Bombers.
CoreLogic records show it last sold in 1990 for $175,000.
Terry told the Sunday Herald Sun at the time: “I didn’t know anything about the stock market, but my old man said, ‘Put your money into land and housing’. It’s been really good for us.
“(But) I’m out in the eastern suburbs now. Chris is back up in New South Wales running the family farm. Circumstances change.”
The 61-year-old former Essendon captain, dual premiership player and Australian Football Hall of Fame inductee said he and Chris had both owned several investment properties in the Moonee Ponds-Essendon area.
A Clyde North house at 106 Newgrange Blvd will be auctioned with no reserve on March 2 to raise money for their brother and fellow Dons legend Neale’s FightMND charity. It’s expected to fetch $725,000-$795,000.
Their brother Anthony also starred for the Bombers, and his son Joe currently plays for the club.