Under the Ray White hammer this Saturday

THERE is a significant rise in the volume of properties scheduled for auction by Australasia’s largest property group this week, after the impact from last week’s long weekend in Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide and Tasmania.

Ray White Victoria is managing the auctions of around 152 residential properties, followed by Ray White New South Wales (124), Ray White New Zealand (86), Ray White Queensland (60), Ray White South Australia (23), Ray White Western Australia (14) and Ray White ACT (12).

Within a 5km radius, in Melbourne’s east, three blue-chip Ray White properties are going under the hammer this Saturday.

Ray White Balwyn director Helen Yan will be taking 9 Whyte Grove, Mont Albert (above) to auction at 11am (AEDT).

The fully renovated double-brick Californian bungalow is 12kms from Melbourne’s CBD, in a tightly held pocket popular with parents wanting to send their children to the local school.

Mont Albert Primary School is only 850m from the doorstep of 9 Whyte Grove, which is on a leafy no-through road.

Ms Yan said the convenient location is a huge drawcard for house hunters.

“It’s the location, close to the 109 tram and public transport,” Ms Yan said.

Small families and downsizers have shown the most interest in the property, according to Ms Yan.

Scheduled to go under the hammer at the same time is 7 Kevin Ave, Blackburn.

The new five-bedroom, three-bathroom home (above) is listed with Ray White Blackburn’s Ripple Wu.

Ms Wu said a brand-new home in Blackburn is a rare sight.

“Council has a strict rule regarding subdivision and building so it’s not overly developed,” Ms Wu said.

“There are a lot of weatherboard homes, those built in the 60s and 70s that have been refurbished inside.”

Ms Wu said families favour the size of 7 Kevin Ave, which also has a great layout and north-facing yard.

The double-storey brick home is on a no-through road, close to a train station and Blackburn Lake Sanctuary.

On Saturday afternoon, at 1.30pm, is the auction of a 1920s Box Hill North home (above) marketed by Ray White Box Hill director and auctioneer Jeremy Tyrrell.

Mr Tyrrell said the owners have held 8 Evan St, which is in good condition, for more than 20 years.

“Interest has been from a mix of families and developers,” Mr Tyrrell said.

“It’s close enough to Box Hill to have everything at your disposal; the trams, trains, restaurants, and it’s in a great school zone.

“It’s a nice leafy area of Box Hill North, bordering Box Hill, and a lovely quiet street.”

The level 773sq m allotment also includes a solar-heated swimming pool.

Sydney’s auction highlights this Saturday include a gorgeous Hamptons-style home at Warriewood, 30kms north of the CBD.

Ray White Mona Vale director Shelley Baker is expecting a large crowd for the 10am on-site event, at 28 Sydney Rd (above).

Ms Baker said demand for the property had been huge.

The 696sq m block is a short walk to three beaches – Warriewood, Turrimetta and Narrabean.

In Brisbane, a stunning Donovan Hill-designed inner-city apartment (above) is going to auction at 3pm (AEST).

The sellers are co-founders of Richard and Spence architects, a well-known firm responsible for creating some of the city’s most impressive buildings.

Privately positioned at 5/35 Terrace St, New Farm, the two-bedroom, two-bathroom home is within walking distance to the popular James St precinct.

Ray White New Farm principal Matt Lancashire and sales agent Tom Lyne have been managing the auction campaign.

Meantime, in South Australia, Ray White Keatley’s Sarah Barney and Tahlia Gabrielli are preparing for Saturday morning’s auction of a beachfront property with the most extraordinary Southern Ocean views.

Enquiry is coming from both locals and buyers based in Victoria, with the majority keen on using the renovated house (above) as a holiday home.

“If you were to have that view in a capital city, it’d be worth millions,” Ms Barney said.

“This property has been held by the same family for over 20 years.”

The 907sq m allotment, at 39 Carpenter Rocks Rd, is around 20 minutes from Mount Gambier, south-east of Adelaide.

With private access to Buck’s Bay beach, this truly is a coastal paradise.