Former AFL goal sneak Lindsay Thomas is retiring the Gowanbrae home where he and his family lived during his playing days with North Melbourne.
The 30-year-old — who hung up his boots last year after 11 seasons with the Roos and one with Port Adelaide — and his wife Hannah have $700,000-$770,000 price hopes for the three-bedrom house.
Ms Thomas said they bought 45 Rutherglen Cres in 2009, when the abode was five years old and her husband was playing his third season for the Kangaroos.
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CoreLogic records show it last changed hands for $455,000.
They brought each of their three children home to the property, living there until the small forward joined Port for season 2018, prompting a move back to their home city of Adelaide.
“(Our youngest) was just five weeks old when we had to start packing,” Ms Thomas said.
“It was bittersweet.
“But we’ve bought a property in Adelaide now, and he’s playing footy for (Adelaide Football League club) Portland this year, two minutes down the road.”
The couple added a neutral colour scheme to the two-storey house after snapping it up.
They enjoyed its handy location in Melbourne’s northwest, with easy access to freeways, Melbourne Airport, Essendon Fields’ LaManna Supermarket and Westfield Airport West.
The big backyard had also been a great space for the family to kick the footy, and for their dog to run around, Ms Thomas said.
Alexkarbon director Charles Bongiovanni said the Thomases had rented out the property for the past year, following their move back to South Australia, and had decided to sell after their tenants vacated.
Mr Bongiovanni said the “spacious” house occupied a 577sq m block and offered three living rooms, including an open-plan meals, living and kitchen zone that opened out to a covered alfresco area overlooking the large yard.
He expected young families to tussle for the pad at its scheduled March 16 auction.
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