Star sale for Brighton pad after shaky start to the auction

Something typical Melbourne weather and a quiet starting auction could not deter the new owner of this Brighton pad.

NOT even a downpour could stop the sale of a “perfect in every way” family home in Brighton.

After first passing into Saturday’s auction, 138 Cochrane St pad sold “five minutes later” through private negotiations at an undisclosed price above $ 3.5 million.

Belle Property Brighton and St Kilda director Sam Inan said two parties jumped at the chance to own the house by the bay after keeping their cards close.

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A local couple from Elwood eventually took the keys home.

“It was a very interesting strategy not to bid first,” Mr Inan said.

“But the buyer was really eager, he wanted to see who his completion was.”

Sellers Narelle and Jason Castellano said they had persisted in listing the property until they were able to get people to inspect in person.

Ms. Castellano said they “fell in love” with the three-bedroom property the moment they stepped in over ten years ago and wanted someone else to have the same experience.

“It was one of those things where I imagined someone else fell in love (as we did),” Ms. Castellano said.

“We made a few styling and personal changes over the years, but it was renovated back in 1996 by the owners two before us. It just felt like home.”

She described the three-bedroom property as “ahead of its time” with a spacious open-plan living area and large windows.

And although they were “very pleased” with the result, Castellanos, along with their children – Violet, 13, and Luca, 11, said they would be sad to part with their long-standing family home.

“We moved in right after we got married, we both had our kids in the house, and that’s why it’s the nostalgic feeling,” Ms. Castellano said.

“It’s been such an amazing entertaining home – from the kids playing in the backyard and being able to watch them from the kitchen, to the adult parties I’ve had there as well.”

The family moves to be closer to their children’s high schools.

About 40 people turned up to watch the auction, including former Channel 10 weatherman Mike Larkan, who has started a new career as an auctioneer.

Sir. Inan said the property was an “essential classic with a modern twist that everyone is after”.

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Originally released as a Stellar sale for the Brighton pad after a shaky start to the auction

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