Sunbury house price record: Property with beach box, observatory, jetty raises bar

A house with plenty of surprise inclusions has raised the bar in Sunbury, setting a new house price record of $1.6 million.

The property’s out-of-the-box features, including a bathing box, private lake, jetty, and observatory, made it one of the area’s most interesting listings.

Blackbird & Wren selling agents Ben and Mary Roberts said it was the unique lifestyle on offer at 4 Marshall Close which leads it to become the area’s priciest non-developable property.

Sunbury’s house price record was previously held by the $1.55 million sale of 2-18 Obeid Drive, according to CoreLogic records.

While $9.5 million was paid for a 0.8ha developable block at 325-375 Reservoir Road in 2017.

The suburb has a $550,000 median house price, which has jumped 31.9 percent in three years, according to the latest figures.

Mrs. Roberts said that figure didn’t stop plenty of million-dollar sales being inked in the outer northwestern suburb.

“This is the seventh sale over $1 million for (our agency) in the past nine months and the second during COVID-19,” she said.

“(We) truly understand the value of Sunbury property, which we feel has been undervalued and undersold for far too long.

“It’s only 35 minutes to the CBD, 15 minutes to the airport and still has a wonderful community feel.”

The new recorder holder was bought by a family, originally from Melbourne’s southeast.

Vendors Jessica and Bart Simes added the unusual additions to the four-bedroom house during their 10 years of ownership.

The beach box was designed to look almost exactly like those on Brighton’s iconic foreshore and housed a four-person paddle boat to use on the private lake.

The observatory came complete with a motorised retractable roof and top-of-the-line telescope.

“I was always very keen on astronomy and now that we lived semi-rural, rather than lugging my telescope out of the house I thought ‘what the hell, I’ll build an observatory’,” Mr. Simes said when the property was first listed for sale.

“We improved on the gardens and the sitting area down by the lake with stonemasonry work.

“Fairly recently, I added in the boat shed and decided to paint it in Brighton beach box colours.”

Mr. Simes said he also took advantage of the lake being half empty a few years ago and built a jetty.

Author – Mikaela Day

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