Postscript: this home passed in for $1.71m at auction in late May and sold soon after.
Western Bulldogs defender Jackson Trengove and his wife, Stephanie, are selling a clinker brick family sized home in old Strathmore – one of north-west Melbourne’s most exclusive pockets.
Built in the 1950s and retaining original features – including a crazy-slate clad fireplace – 21 Collegian Avenue carries a guide price of $1.65-$1.75 million.
The pair intended to do more work to the already modernised home which they bought in late 2017.
Instead, they’ll upgrade to another.
It was also supposed to be auctioned after Easter.
Marketing agent John Matthews of Nelson Alexander said following COVID-19 social distancing measures, the campaign was converted to an expressions of interest closing May 5.
Old Strathmore one of the priciest north-west pockets
The Trengove’s double-storey four-bedroom home occupies a 659 square metre block on the high (western) side of the street.
Near Strathmore train station, Napier Park and the small Napier Street retail strip, the suburb is the most valuable in the north west following Ascot Vale, Essendon and Moonee Ponds.
Woodland Street, which divides Strathmore from Essendon, is one of the most exclusive rows that side of town.
North Park Mansion, the imposing 42-room residence developed by Alexander McCracken, a brewer and the first president of the Victorian Football League, was built in 1887 at 69 Woodland Street – Essendon’s highest point.
A Californian Bungalow at 236 Woodland Street sold for what is believed to be a Strathmore record of $4.3 million in November, 2017 – the week before the Trengove’s snapped up 21 Collegian Avenue.
Rosebank, a seven bedroom home with postcard city views, was completed in 1892 at 15 Rosebank Avenue, once forming part of a site which backs onto Woodland Street.
Strathmore celebrates 50 years split in half
Ten kilometres from the CBD, Strathmore was effectively divided into north and south halves following construction of a section of the Tullamarine Freeway in 1970.
The more valuable southern side, which comprises Collegian Avenue, still retains many original homes.
Former ALP premier John Brumby lived in one, an art deco in Glenbervie Road which he sold for $1.7 million in 2016 after buying a Carlton North terrace two years earlier for $1.46 million.
The fictional Kerrigan family’s home, subject of 1997 movie The Castle, was until last year located on Strathmore’s northern side, at 3 Dagonet Street (this parcel is now configured with townhouses).
In 2016 VicRoads banked $7 million selling a 1.3 hectare plot at 251-309 Mascoma Street, Strathmore Heights, which like 3 Dagonet Street, abuts Essendon Airport.
With 408 metres of road frontage, the state government offered the Mascoma Street property after obtaining a concept plan for a 23-lot subdivision.
Developers which looked at buying it, according to sources, were sizing it up for more than 40 dwellings.