Ten years, three kids and a knockdown-rebuild later, vendors Danni and Ben Fahey farewelled their family’s four-bedroom Hoppers Crossing home on Saturday as they get ready to upsize in Kingsville.
The couple first moved into the 34 Branton Rd pad in 2011 with their two children, and lived there for more than seven years before the arrival of their third child made them re-evaluate the size of the home.
“Renovating it looked like it would cost almost as much as knocking down and rebuilding, so we realised we were better off to build a brand new home and reposition it in the best way possible,” Ms Fahey said.
After moving back into the new Henley build last year, the pair are now letting go of their project as they gear up for a move to the Yarraville area where their children attend school.
The Saturday auction saw five bidders compete for the keys, pushing the home $130,000 above its $825,000 reserve, before a local family looking to upsize placed the winning $955,000 offer.
Ray White Werribee director and auctioneer Robert Krnjeta led the sale, who said the Fahey family was “over the moon” with the result.
“Today’s result is why I love my job — we achieved more than what they were hoping for by creating competition,” Mr Krnjeta said.
“(The purchaser) is a local teacher who has certainly done his homework on this beautiful home”.
The campaign leading up to the auction was indicative of the home’s eventual success, with more than 45 groups coming through it over the past few weeks.
Although describing the move as “bittersweet”, Ms Fahey said she was ready for another family to enjoy the home as much as she had.
“We had our first Christmas with both of our families under the pergola which was beautiful,” she said.
“I also love to cook, so having that massive kitchen is a really great space to cook and chat with the family.”
The home was initially listed with an $800,000-$880,000 price guide.
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