Retired Test Cricket Umpire Tony Crafter Sells Out of East Melbourne

The referee and cricket ambassador, who umpired a record 33 Test cricket matches between 1979 and 1992, is planning to move to Queensland with wife Helen later this year.

Up for grabs is a 2-bedroom plus study apartment in The Crescent, the distinctive semi-circular building at 2 Wellington Crescent in East Melbourne, between Fitzroy Gardens and the train track.

The apartment includes a large open plan living and dining room overlooking a manicured courtyard, two bathrooms, two car parks and a small balcony. Residents also enjoy access to the Lord Wellington Club, which provides pool, spa and gym facilities.

“Being sporting people, we’ve really enjoyed the convenience of East Melbourne,” Mr Crafter told Private Property. “It’s only a few minutes walk to each of the MCG, Melbourne Park and Olympic Park, ten minutes to Fed Square, and a half hour walk to Telstra Dome.”

“Visitors often remark about how secluded and quiet the apartment is, given its so close to the city.”

Since retiring in 1992, Crafter worked as Umpiring Manager of the Australian Cricket Boad, then moved to London where he worked for the International Cricket Council and the Marylebone Cricket Club. Earlier this year, he was appointed a national umpire selector with Cricket Australia.

Dingle Partners Stephen Hishon is marketing the property. He expects it to sell for between $680,000 and $748,000 when it goes to auction at midday on Saturday October 20.

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