Ex-footballer banks record price from Essendon home

41 Leslie Road sold for $8 million in 2018.

Stephen ‘Wally’ Wallis has sold his Essendon home for about $8.5 million – a suburb record.

The ex-Footscray captain and his wife Sue paid $3.1m for 36 Leslie Road in May, 2006.

On 1898 square metres with a tennis court and a pool, it contains a 1920s red brick dwelling with five bedrooms.

The tree-lined road, off Park Street, is Essendon’s most exclusive.

McDonald Upton’s Joe Zucco brokered the deal prior to the launch of a formal marketing campaign.

It is understood the couple will now move to Beaconsfield Parade, St Kilda West – and a three storey c1913 dwelling, Balgownie, which sold for $11.25m in June.

The pair’s son is Western Bulldogs vice-captain, Mitch (story continues below).

Greg ‘Diesel’ Williams sold Ardoch at 34 Brewster Street, Essendon, in 2018.

Second street record since 2018

The sale of the Wallis home comes three years since 41 Leslie Road, on 2168 sqm, traded for $8m.

Also that year, another ex-AFL player, Greg ‘Diesel’ Williams sold Ardoch, on 2453 sqm at 34 Brewster St, opposite Windy Hill, for $6.85m.

Coincidentally that sportsman set the then-suburb record when he purchased that property for $3.08m in 2004.

Three years ago, a renovated mansion on 2675 sqm at 36 Ardmillan Rd, Moonee Ponds, traded for $10.725m.

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Marc Pallisco

A former property analyst and print journalist, Marc is the publisher of realestatesource.com.au.