TOP HOUSE9 Tennyson Street, BrightonNOT a single bid was made for this new house designed by Ascui Edwards Architects. Nick Johnstone Real Estate passed it in on a vendor bid of $3 million before a private auction started between two keen bidders. It sold at a discount to the original $3.5 million quoted price. It is just a block back from the beach and includes a pool, bay views and five bedrooms.TOP TOWNHOUSE3 Pine Street, BrightonTHIS was another fizzled auction with nothing bid in public. Agent Hocking Stuart passed the townhouse in on a vendor bid of $1.34 million. Three people made offers after the auction. The single-level unit has two living areas, three bedrooms and a north-facing outdoor living area. It is close to Dendy Village and was purchased by a retirement couple.BARGAIN HOUSE43 Argyll Circuit, West MeltonON A 1000-square-metre corner block, this is a classic late-1970s brick house. It has three bedrooms - the main with an en suite - a study, a large lounge room and separate kitchen-meals area. The property also has air-conditioning and a double lock-up garage. It has been a rental property and needs plenty of work. It was sold by First National Melton.BEST ROUGHIE11 Acland Street, St KildaA CROWD of up to 200 people gathered for the auction of this long-time share house. The double-fronted Victorian house had been held for 50 years. A bid of $1.8 million started the auction and a further five bidders entered the contest. It was declared on the market by Wilson Port Phillip at $2.55 million. A knock-out rise of $50,000 secured the property.BEST WEEKENDER2137 Melbourne-Lancefield Road, MonegeettaMINTARO, a neglected country mansion, attracted three bidders at auction. Bids opened at $2 million and the property passed in at $2.85 million. It sold after negotiations for the $3 million reserve previously disclosed by agent John Keating. The new owners, from Toolern Vale, plan to renovate the mansion and open it to the public occasionally. NICOLE LINDSAY
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