Buyers have registered to bid online for a Baulkham Hills home which had already had its auction date fast-tracked amid concerns stricter social distancing restrictions were coming.
The unique seven-bedroom property at 41 Brodie Street had been scheduled to go under the hammer on April 4 but instead will be auctioned online this weekend, through Manor Real Estate.
Pre-bidding registration on the renovated residence, which has a separate granny flat, opened this week with two potential buyers already signing up.
Agent Jay Bacani had initially planned to run proceedings outdoors with only registered bidders in attendance but has since changed to an online format. This follows Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s decision announced on Tuesday night to ban all on-site and in-room property auctions.
“The way we will do it is that the auctioneer will be on camera through Gavl – a livestream auctioning app – and buyers who have registered prior will be able to make a bid on their phone,” Mr Bacani said.
“This way of selling is really quite normal now.
“Only serious buyers, those who are pre-approved and really need to buy to live in the property are most likely going to be around – we will just have to work harder and be more innovative to adapt to this market.”
The property last sold two years ago as a single-level three-bedroom home. Now it has been transformed into a five-bedroom contemporary tri-level residence with a separate two-bedroom granny flat and potential for additional income.
The successful purchaser will be able to soak in the freestanding tub and watch a movie from the built-in television in the monochrome bathroom – just one of its many features.
The master retreat is located on a private level with a large walk-in wardrobe, two balconies, a study, sunroom and stylish ensuite with heated flooring.
“It is a very unique property, it is really ideal for those living with extended family,” Mr Bacani said.
“There are not many seven-bedroom homes with six bathrooms that come onto the market in Baulkham Hills.
“It has been drawing interest from potential buyers locally who are looking to upsize, especially those with grandparents living with them, as well as groups from the Parramatta and Ryde areas.”
Other features include an outdoor entertainment area with separate deck and landscaped gardens. The main home also has a CCTV and alarm system, a laundry chute and a double car lockup garage with storage rooms.
The granny flat includes a new kitchen with dining area, two bedrooms with built-in wardrobes plus ensuites.
Mr Bacani believes while buyers may be cautious during the current market, it won’t stop them from purchasing.
“Even during the GFC there were people who were still buying,” he said.
“Some people will see it as an opportunity while others will hold off, waiting and jumping on with everyone else. We are trying to see negative as a positive, both as a business and industry, this is an opportunity to sharpen skills.”