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Mari Gibson


Recent renovation ... 96 Seaforth Crescent, Seaforth. Moving up the road ... delighted buyers Alison and Mike Spirkovski and their baby, Nina, with Elaine Cheong and Andrew Duggins, the vendors of 1 Service Avenue, Ashfield. Above, inside the Victorian home’s hallway. Photos: Jacky Ghossein

Privacy and views bonuses for buyers YOUNG families liked the privacy and views of 96 Seaforth Crescent, Seaforth, which was auctioned yesterday with a price guide of $2 million-plus through Mark Griffiths, of Ray White Seaforth. The four-bedroom, two-bathroom house is on 594 sq m and last sold for $1.1 million in 2002. Built in the 1930s, it was renovated over the past year and includes a pool and double parking. Sold for $2 million. A mix of buyers inspected a townhouse at 5/36 Milner Crescent, Wollstonecraft, before its auction yesterday with hopes of about $850,000 through Mary-Anne Fitzgerald, of Century 21 Blunts. Built in the 1980s, the 168 sq m property has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and single parking. It last sold for $795,000 in 2009. The strata levy is $840 a quarter. Sold for $850,000.

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MIKE and Alison Spirkovski and their 10-week-old daughter, Nina, are moving up. Up the street, that is. The young family live in a comfortable two-bedroom semi on Service Avenue in Ashfield, a home they knew they would outgrow. When number 1 Service Avenue came onto the market, it seemed too good to be true. ‘‘We’re always looking around and were looking for something within the area, but now we’ll just be moving up the street,’’ Mr Spirkovski said yesterday, after placing the winning bid of $1.46 million on the freestanding Victorian four-bedroom home.

The auction of the property drew a curious crowd of more than 70, but when bidding opened, it became evident that the crowd was just that – curious. The auctioneer, Nicholas Lyell, clutched at straws as the silence was broken by the sound of a Qantas jumbo overhead. One bidder offered $900,000, but with a price guide of more than $1.3 million, Mr Lyell would not accept. After almost 10 minutes the bidding started slowly and the game was on between the Spirkovskis and another young couple. When Mr Lyell made the final call, with the Spirkovskis the winners,

the losers appeared agitated as they left quickly. It’s a sign of the suburb’s new popularity and fierce demand from young families. Ashfield is on Australian Property Monitors’ list of hot inner-west suburbs, with price growth of 16 per cent over the year and strong auction clearance rates. The agent Virginia Nicoll said the property in question yesterday was a protected gem. ‘‘"It’s a fine example of Victorian architecture, with quality and sympathetic renovations that reflect today’s lifestyle,’’ she said. ‘‘It is a beautiful family home, situated in a quiet cul-de-sac a short walk to nearby Summer Hill.’’

The house, built in the 1890s, sits on 533 square metres. The vendors, Andrew Duggins and Elaine Cheong, bought the home in 2001 for $735,000 and spent a year renovating in 2005. ‘‘There was some 1980s renovation work out the back, but we completely knocked it out,’’ Mr Duggins said. Planning to raise their two young children in the home, they tailored it to suit their lifestyle expectations with an open-plan living area and views to a level, private lawn, complete with cubby house. ‘‘We thought it was going to be our ultimate home, so we put a lot into it,’’ Ms Cheong said. ‘‘I’ll be sad to move because it’s such a lovely home.’’

Sun-Herald Domain editor Mari Gibson (02) 9282 2364, Property editor Stephen Nicholls. For advertising sales, Linda Chan (02) 9282 3506,

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