Keen fight for lemon delight

first_imgSix registered bidders took the property to auction with 35 onlookers spilling on to the street.Among the spectators was a couple from Nundah whose pre-auction offer of $835,000 had been rejected. The house at 1 Rose St, Wooloowin is close to schools and the Kedron Brook bikeway. The house at 1 Rose St, Wooloowin that sold at auction on Saturday for $892,000. Picture: supplied.IT WAS a strong start to auction day in Brisbane on Saturday with the first house on offer selling under the hammer just after 9am.The three-bedroom Queenslander on the corner of Rose and Gorman streets at Wooloowin, had been in the one family since Bob Hawke was prime minister in 1990.Its signature lemon facade, and blend of English country and tropical landscaping, had made it a conspicuous landmark for the local Kedron State High School community, just four houses away. Ray White chief auctioneer Phil Parker opened the auction to offers at 8.55am and several bidders stumbled over each other to call out the first bid of $700,000.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoBidding then went up in $5000 lots, with the main contenders a couple standing in the middle of the street, another under the Rose St signpost, and a third couple at the back of a blue car parked outside the 602sq m property. MORE REAL ESTATE STORIEScenter_img Renee Chen and Elliott Stumm were tenacious in their bidding, determined to finally have a place to call home.At $875,000 the bidding stalled with the blue car bidders in front.“We’re just warming up,” Mr Parker announced, looking to the underbidders. “You’re having so much fun and you haven’t spent any money.”Mr Parker then paused the auction so Ray White Ascot agents Ian Cuneo and Andrew Flanagan could negotiate to get the house on the market.The pause was at times heated with one person clearly anxious for private conversations to end and the auction proper to restart, which it did after 18 minutes.The blue car bidders had raised their offer to $890,000 and the house was officially on the market.The Rose St signpost couple found another $1000 bid, but Renee Chen and Elliott Stumm, standing behind the blue car, returned volley and the house was sold to them under the hammer for $892,000.“We have been looking for about a year and a half,” Ms Chen said.“We were looking at Wilston and Windsor but then we expanded out.”The couple are currently renting nearby and with four failed auctions under their belt, were determined to make this one count.“We like the corner block and that it’s a Queenslander, and we like the street and the (Kedron) Brook close by.“No, we’re not gardeners. This is our first house together.” SEE WHAT ELSE IS AVAILABLE IN WOOLOOWIN >>>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<<<last_img read more