AUCTIONS

TOP HOUSE

TOP HOUSE

9 Tennyson Street, Brighton

NOT 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 TOWNHOUSE

3 Pine Street, Brighton

THIS 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 HOUSE

43 Argyll Circuit, West Melton

ON 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 ROUGHIE

11 Acland Street, St Kilda

A 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 WEEKENDER

2137 Melbourne-Lancefield Road, Monegeetta

MINTARO, 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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