Entertainers on deck for party house

Renovation… the backyard auction. Photo: Jacky Ghossein. The inside of the house. Photo: Jacky Ghossein.

With the TV show My Kitchen Rules gaining popularity, home entertaining seems to be on the mind of house hunters.

That was the case at 54 Samuel Street, Tempe, on Saturday. The property’s free-flowing kitchen and outside entertaining deck were drawcards and the house sold for $872,500. It was initially passed in at $830,000 after a vendor’s bid of $825,000.

The auctioneer, George Kazanis, from Under The Hammer Auctions, coaxed the five shy registered parties in the crowd of about 50 people to vie for the three-bedroom home. The bidding opened at $750,000 and went up twice in $10,000 increments before halting and forcing the vendor’s bid.

After five minutes of negotiation, the property was sold, to the delight of vendors Nick and Polly Lambert who had been watching the backyard auction via Facetime from inside.

The couple bought the once-derelict deceased estate for $465,000 at auction in 2004 and renovated it. ”Even in 2004, Newtown and Erskineville was too expensive for us and now others are moving out to Tempe to get more for their dollar,” Mr Lambert said. ”When we first moved into this house there was no functional kitchen or bathroom, so we did renovations slowly.”

Agency By Glenn Regan agent Louise Mitchell said people who liked to entertain and families wanting to upsize were drawn to the 283-square-metre property.

The freestanding home has three bedrooms, two with feature fireplaces. The loungeroom has a functional Jetmaster fireplace. The property has original features including floorboards and light switches as well as a renovated extension at the back with a contemporary bathroom and wetroom shower.

The CaesarStone kitchen has a gas stove, red glass splashback and stainless steel appliances. A bi-folding window that leads onto the covered attached bar and decking area is the main highlight of the house. The deck has inbuilt seating and storage. A manicured garden trims along the perimeter. The garden also has a small laundry/shed and a nook for a barbecue.

There is no carport or driveway but plenty of angle parking on the street. The property is close to the airport but not directly under the flight path. If you stand at the front door, you can see the planes come in to land.

Rental appraisals suggest the property can fetch between $750 and $800 a week.

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