With a beetroot-coloured bathroom and a vendor acclaimed for his books about Holden, a mid-century home in Klemzig was always destined to stand out from the crowd.
So much so, that the 1958-built home at 19 Clarence Ave sold before its scheduled auction on Tuesday, after receiving an offer too good to refuse.
Selling agent Bradley Eastwood of Ouwens Casserly said the sale was an all-round success, which had left its vendor, local Holden historian Don Loffler, “stocked”.
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“The property ended up selling for $610,000, so well above its price guide (of $595,000),” Mr Eastwood said.
“We had huge interest of people just wanting to have a look at the house, although from a buyer’s perspective it wasn’t heavily attended.
“That said, we still had five offers and it ended up selling to a local buyer with a young family who plans to live in it as is, for now till he decided what to do with it.
“Do is just stocked with the result as he was so nervous leading up to the auction. It was the first time selling a home, so he’s glad we ended up getting a good result.”
Set on an 813sqm corner block, the home featured four bedrooms, one bathroom, two living areas, a picture perfect garden an automated watering system, and a double garage.
It was also the birth place of Mr Loffler’s acclaimed Holden book series, including his first page-turner She’s a Beauty: The Story of the First Holdens, which was published in 1998.
Mr Loffler said he and wife Lou bought the property 51 years ago after failing to connect with the then “typical cookie-cutter homes” in the neighbourhood.
“We originally looked at a number of houses that were the traditional cream brick design but we just didn’t warm to them,” he said.
“So the agent suggested we should look at this one. As soon as we saw it, we were bowled over by the bright airiness of the place.
“Over the years, we had many wonderful parties at the home, including birthdays, Christmases and dinner parties – which were all very special.
“But one of the main talking points has always been the bathroom. We did think about modernising it but my kids asked me not to, because it’s such a time piece. It hasn’t been changed in centuries.”