A tennis court helped auction attendees maintain social distance as a long-held Mornington home smashed its reserve by $167,000.
The 1 Craigrossie Rd house, with an untouched timber design and on the market for the first time in 70 years, fetched $2.67 million after competition from three bidders.
The auction was moved to the tennis court so the crowd of more than 100 could be spaced out comfortably, McEwing & Partners director Dean Phillips said.
It sold to a family from Melbourne who will renovate and use it as a holiday weekender.
“The buyer is a doctor who has knowledge of coronavirus and who was happy to chat and give us some advice about it,” Mr Phillips said.
It had an opening bid of $2.3 million followed by strong increments of $50,000 and $25,000, slowing to $10,000 and $5,000 rises, Mr Phillips added.
The reserve was $2.5 million for the double-storey home, which has spectacular views over the harbour and bay towards the city skyline, near popular Mills Beach.
The property on 1663sq m in coveted Beleura Hill had a price guide of $2.45-$2.65 million and attracted strong buyer interest with more than 100 groups at inspections.
The three-bedroom house features multiple decks to relax and entertain, a Swedish-style hot tub and spacious living zones with large viewing windows.
The agency cancelled another Mornington auction scheduled the same day as the owner changed her mind in light of the market uncertainty.
“We had buyers lined up for 8 Gleneagles Ave but had to cancel,” Mr Phillips said.