A MANIFOLD Heights house being offered for sale for the first time since it was built in the early 1950s has sold to locals who love the area.
The two-bedroom brick veneer house at 4 Evelyn St was built using quality craftsmanship that has stood the test of time and retained Art Deco and post war elements in glorious original condition.
The auction was conducted in the loungeroom and spilling into the dining room and kitchen of the clinker brick house, named Galbraith, as local showers threatened to derail proceedings.
But the close quarters didn’t prevent buyers from competing for the house that’s been in the one family since it was built.
Two groups of buyers stood over the mantel in competition for the property — one on the phone trying to have a private conversation to keep up with the bidding.
Both appeared keen to slow the auction, which had opened at $520,000.
The property had been quoted with a range of $600,000 to $660,000.
Once a third bidder entered the race, and after Harcourts, North Geelong auctioneer Shane King alerted the crowd that the property was indeed on the market when the price hit $615,000, the bids grew stronger again.
The property ultimately sold to the third bidders for $638,000 — Brad West, Jo Panckridge and daughter Eliza Panckridge, who said it would become her home.
The house sits on a 690sq m garden block in a quiet side street.
It showcases the design of the era, including detailed timber trimmings like picture rails and dado panels, and lively laminated surfaces in the kitchen and bathroom.
Mr West said they lived nearby and loved Manifold Heights.
“We really like it, we’re local people,” Mr West said.
“We’re long-term Mano people,” Jo Panckridge said.
Harcourts, North Geelong agent Joe Grgic said a fourth buyer didn’t take part in the auction.
“The common theme through people coming though was this is untouched and great, they were just loving it,” he said.
“They were the positives — the size of the land, the street, all those things you would expect.
“A few people said they couldn’t believe how well it had been maintained.”