SA journalist and The Advertiser columnist Rex Jory has a million reasons to smile on his birthday as his Port Willunga beach house sells for doubled its advertised price.
The 12 Esplanade home with stunning clifftop location and view was auctioned off at a record $1.9 million — well above its $900,000 price guide.
Jory, who turned 75 on Sunday, joined more than 100 people who watched the bidding war at the beach house.
Auctioneer Richard Thwaites said a Port Willunga couple emerged as the final winner for the seaside destination.
“I think they will wake up tomorrow and pinch themselves, wondering if it was a dream,” he said.
“It was down to two bidders to the final $250,000, they both wanted it desperately.”
He said the “beautiful” seafronting views and proximity to the Star of Greece restaurant had won over many hearts.
Jory and his partner Liz McGrice bought the seafront location 20 years ago for $200,000 — about $25,000 above the asking price at the time.
“He (the agent) said they were expecting about $160,000 to $175,000, and I said ‘I’ll give you $200,000’ and he looked at me like I’d hit him with a hammer,” Jory told realestate.com.au last month.
“I’m of the view if you want something, someone else is bound to as well, so you’ve got to pay a bit more than the market price.”
The decision seemed to have paid off with about 20 registered bidders for auction.
The airconditioned home boosts three bedrooms, a double garage, open-plan living and a large deck for outdoor entertaining and impressive views along the coastline.
The journalist now live in the CBD with Ms McGrice and used the property as a beach house.
Jory, who started in journalism as a copy boy for The Advertiser in 1960, was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the 2014 Australia Day Honours for “service to journalism, and to the community of South Australia”.
He writes a regular weekly column for The Advertiser — you can read the latest here.