A House Rules token villain’s lakeside lair has found new hands two months after passing in.
The striking Lake Fyans rural retreat built for Fiona Taylor on the hit Channel 7 reno series sold for $470,000 to a Melbourne family relocating to the Grampians region.
Ray White, Ballarat, agent Phillip Lee said the buyers had been searching in the area “for some time” and properties directly surrounding the picturesque body of water were rare.
They had inspected it prior to auction but were unable to make the November date.
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The three-bedroom house on 8.3ha at 273 Kelleys Beach Rd was designed for the Ballarat-based mother on the show in 2017 and had a $525,000-$575,000 price guide when first listed.
Her previous pad on the idyllic property, set against a backdrop of the Grampians mountain range with the lake “across the road”, was “unliveable” and demolished.
Ms Taylor had owned the site for about three and a half years, using it for camping before House Rules and dividing her time between there and Ballarat since.
“Two of my three children have grown up and I need to be closer to my son’s school and work commitments, and my personal circumstances have changed, so it’s time to move on and live the dream,” she told Property Insiders last year.
Set in a clearing among the gum trees, the TV star pad features an open-plan kitchen, living and dining area that opens to a beautiful expansive covered deck.
“This was way beyond my wildest expectations,” she said of the finished product.
“If I could pick it up and take it with me I would, but unfortunately I can’t do that. I just love it, it’s absolutely spectacular.
“The location’s perfect. I love the bathroom, the kitchen, the veranda … I just love the entire house, it’s amazing.”
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