AFL player-turned-umpire Jordan Bannister and his TV presenter wife Natalie Hunter are selling their “wow factor” Brighton digs.
The former Carlton and Essendon footballer bought the property at 28 Campbell St in late-2014, when it was a tennis court that had been split from a neighbouring home.
The couple then engaged high-end design and construction company Stonnington Group to build the contemporary four-bedroom house that stands today.
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CoreLogic records show the property last changed hands for $1.8 million. It now has a $3.9-$4.2 million price guide for its February 21 twilight auction, via Buxton Bentleigh.
“I was overseas when Jordan bought the block,” Hunter said.
“He has a habit of doing it — that’s why we’re selling, he’s bought another block of land.
“He absolutely loves Campbell St, we both do. So he thought he couldn’t go wrong.”
The Channel 10 presenter and Studio 10 regular said their aim had been to create a light-filled house with a minimalist look that was simple to furnish.
Stonnington Group director Enzo Campushad achieved that, she said: “We haven’t had to do much at all inside to make it beautiful. It’s light and warm, and just has a good feeling about it.”
Hunter said she’d enjoyed the big main bedroom, with two walk-through wardrobes, as well as the lush yard with a self-cleaning pool, room for their dog to run around, and a courtyard with a feature pond where their turtles had lived.
“I love the privacy of it — all you see (when you look out the windows) is the gardens,” she said.
“Jordan’s favourite part is his gym, which has plenty of room to hang his sports memorabilia.”
Other features include a Miele kitchen with a butler’s pantry, and formal and casual lounges.
Hunter said she was “a bit sad” to be leaving the house. But their next home would also be in Brighton, and constructed by the same builder.
Buxton, Bentleigh, director Simon Pintado said the property was just two blocks from the foreshore and close to the Brighton Baths, public transport, and Bay St shops and cafes.
And the house itself had serious “wow factor”.
“There’s nothing that needs to be done. It’s very low maintenance,” Mr Pintado said.
He expected a mix of local downsizers, young professionals and foreign buyers moving to Melbourne to tussle for the pad.