Another retired footballer has sold a multi-million dollar house by the beach, this time Paul Roos, in Melbourne’s Brighton.
Also a premiership coach for Sydney Swans in 2005, the sportsman turned commentator had price hopes of c$5.5-$6 million when it was listed mid-March.
A buyer was found within four days for a sum understood to be in this range.
In one of the suburb’s most revered rows – but not on its even more esteemed ‘golden mile’ – the four bedroom home was developed just over five years ago.
Today we also reported that Melbourne and Sydney Swans great Gerard Healy sold a contemporary home in Jan Juc, a coastal hamlet south of Geelong, for a speculated c$1.8 million – three weeks after it hit the market.
Brighton home has only accommodated retired Fitzroy footballers
Mr Roos and his wife, Tami, paid $3.85 million for the Brighton property in 2016 after it had spent nearly four months on the market.
It was purchased from another footballer, VFL competitor for Fitzroy, Allan Sinclair, whose son, Callum, today plays for Sydney Swans (the competition has also been known as the AFL since 1990).
Over the past four years the home’s backyard, on a corner which captures north facing light, has been improved – a pool replaced a pond and a new garden was designed incorporating established trees and hedges.
The Roos’ also added a wood burning fireplace and roof to a rear outdoor entertainment area.
Inside, the house is configured with three living areas, a gym and butler’s pantry off the kitchen.
Donvale born Roos sea-changes in Melbourne
The Roos family relocated to Brighton from an Elwood house Mr Korsper also sold, for $3.27 million.
Interestingly, Mr Sinclair became a Brightonian after leaving Elwood, too.
Mr Roos, 56, played 269 games with Fitzroy where he started his football playing career in 1982 when the competition was run by the VFL.
He was named Centre Half Back for Fitzroy’s Team of the Century, is in that team’s Hall of Fame and won the All Australian Captain accolade in 1991 and 1992.
The versatile footballer was runner-up for the Brownlow Medal in 1986.
Between 1995-1998 Mr Roos contested in 87 games with Sydney Swans – a team he went on to coach for eight years until 2010.
He moved to Elwood in 2014 when he began coaching Melbourne – a position he held for two years.
Nowadays he is a commentator for various media outlets including the Herald Sun and Fox Footy’s On the Couch, hosted by Gerard Healy.
For his football playing career, Mr Roos was named in seven All Australian teams between 1985-1997.
Prior to joining the VFL, he played for East Doncaster, near Donvale, where he was raised.