Retired AFL sportsman turned commentator Gerard Healy has sold his Surf Coast home – three weeks into a campaign requiring social distancing.
Hocking Stuart Torquay’s Leigh Hall-Sullivan listed 95 Ocean Boulevard, Jan Juc, with a guide price of $1.75-$1.85 million.
The result is as yet undisclosed.
The vendor paid $1.81 million for the contemporary beachfront home two years ago.
It is the third property he has traded in the area, 22 kilometres south of Geelong and an approximate 90 minute drive from Melbourne.
Healy’s football career surpasses 40 years
Mr Healy’s football playing career started in 1979 with Melbourne.
In 1985 he moved interstate to represent Sydney Swans the following year (this team had only been created following its alliance with South Melbourne in 1982).
All up the sportsman and 1988 Brownlow Medal winner played 211 games. He also was included in the All Australian Team three times, the VFL Team of the Year five and won three Bob Skilton medals.
His year of retirement, 1990, was when the Victorian Football League (VFL) changed its name to Australian Football League (AFL).
Later getting into commentating for various media, including radio and television, Mr Healy works for Fox Footy’s AFL channel and hosts On the Couch.
House one of Jan Juc’s best: agent
Jan Juc and the neighbouring Torquay carry high median house prices – $875,000 and $835,000 respectively according to realestate.com.au.
Both also support a sizeable and growing permanent resident population, several wealthy corporates – some linked to high-profile businesses once based in and around Surf Coast, like Billabong, Quiksilver and Rip Curl – have been amongst them.
When 95 Ocean Boulevard was listed, Mr Hall-Sullivan told realestate.com.au that locals recognised it as one of Jan Juc’s best properties. Most of the early interest came from local permanent residents, he added.
The home was listed just before the introduction of social distancing laws prohibiting public open for inspections (which Hocking Stuart probably wouldn’t have conducted anyway for a prestige offering like this one).
On a 550 square metre block with upstairs and downstairs living areas, the two storey Jan Juc dwelling contains about 150 sqm of decks which because of the split-level nature of the design gives it an outdoor space at three elevations.
The viewing platforms – most north facing and wind protected – capture Point Danger and, beyond that, Point Lonsdale Lighthouse and Port Phillip heads, also known as The Rip.
They also offer vistas over Jan Juc’s beach and Torquay Point. The uppermost outdoor area has a built-in barbecue.
Inside there are four bedrooms – the master with an ensuite, two more bathrooms and a contemporary kitchen. It also includes a double garage with storeroom and a laundry with access to one of the showers.
Ocean Boulevard is walking distance to the town’s main retail strip which contains Bells Beach Hotel.