It was listed on Christmas Eve, attracted 70-odd groups to its only two opens and had an offer accepted on New Year’s Day.
Selling agent Simon Mackie of LJ Hooker Stirling says there was just something special about this retro-style Crafers West home, which struck a chord with buyers at the time of year most agents go on holidays.
The four-bedroom home on more than 1000sqm at 2 Sheoak Rd, was among realestate.com.au’s 20 most-viewed properties Australia-wide last week.
Mr Mackie says he fielded about 50 inquiries by email, SMS and phone prior to its first open inspection on Saturday, December 29, and had received six offers by New Year’s Eve.
“The vendors selected their preferred buyer on New Year’s Day and were extremely satisfied with the sale,” he said.
The contract was signed on January 2.
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Mr Mackie says he did not deliberately set out to list the property on Christmas Eve- it just happened that way by circumstance.
The home had previously been put up for sale as a package with some adjoining land, but this was the first time it had been marketed as a stand-alone offering.
He expected strong interest because the house was well-built with “a little bit of history behind it” but he ended up with about three times the numbers he anticipated at opens.
Mr Mackie said the home, which had an unusual curved design and floor-to-ceiling windows in its main living area, had been in the same family since the 1960s when it was built.
Surrounded by established gardens, with plenty of lawn space, he understood it was designed to give the feel of indoor/outdoor living.
It still included many well-kept retro-style features and furnishings, including carpets, a brick feature at the top of the stairs, chandeliers, and bathrooms with terrazzo flooring and pink, black and green tiling.
The home also featured a walk-in shower which Mr Mackie said, would have been very forward-thinking in terms of design for its day.
It was marketed as a “grand old dame” ready for a “full makeover” and largely attracted a market of families looking to renovate.
Mr Mackie said the home’s position just outside blue-chip Stirling was another drawcard.
“I knew it would go off because houses like that only come up about once a year,” he said.
“Three of the offers were from people from the building game but looking to live in and renovate it — people were looking for that investment aspect.”
Despite including three public holidays, Mr Mackie said the Christmas/New Year period could be a surprisingly good time for real estate opens and sales.
“I’ve always worked through the Christmas break and every year I sell something over Christmas or New Year,” he said.
“The two weeks leading up to Christmas are not good because everyone’s off doing things with family.
“But that window between Christmas and New Year there’s a lot of people over from interstate visiting family, wanting to move over here — and there’s just nothing open.”
Crafers West, which has a median house price of $640,500, has experienced 11 per cent price growth over the past three years, according to CoreLogic — well above the Adelaide-wide figure of 9.2.
Mr Mackie described the Hills market as “stable”
“I’ve been averaging 18 days on the market from first inspection to homes going under contract — there’s buyers out there,” he said.