IT was a life changing phone call for the proud new owners of a stunning waterfront apartment in Maroochydore.
The Brisbane couple looking to downsize for their retirement were the successful bidders on the two-bedroom apartment at 11/86 Duporth Avenue when it sold under the hammer on the 4th of July for $727,500.
“They had driven from Brisbane to bid at a couple of auctions previously and missed out so they decided to stay home and bid over the phone,” says agent Pam Thomas.
As fate would have it, the lucky couple didn’t have to leave their lounge room to secure their dream retirement home.
“They knocked the others out in the first few minutes and battled it out with one other couple to the end,” says Pam. “It was a great auction and a great result for both the vendors and the happy new owners.”
It’s not hard to see why competition was fierce on auction day for this tightly held riverfront apartment. With only two previous owners, the recently renovated apartment is one of just 18 in the Marrakesh complex, with the majority being owner-occupied.
“The view is just magic,” says Pam. “You are looking directly out to where the river meets the ocean, with a lovely Cotton Tree vista, it’s just stunning.
“There is always something to watch, whether it’s people paddle boarding, fishermen or kids searching for yabbies, it’s a never-ending passing parade.”
Overlooking the Maroochy river, and set well back from the street, the complex is set amid beautiful spacious grounds, offering peace and tranquillity in the heart of Maroochydore.
“This property was built 20 years ago and it is quite unique,”says Pam. “A developer would probably put 100 units on a block that size today.”
Complete with its own private pontoon and storage for watercraft, it’s no secret properties like this are in high demand.
“This property was only on the market for four weeks,” says Pam. “It attracted a great amount of attention, with more than 70 people through the open homes.”
But there is another secret to Pam’s winning streak when it comes to selling property and it seems she has her mum to thank.
“My mum passed away last year. She was a wonderful potter and made me a beautiful Trojan horse for my birthday. It’s a beautiful piece of art, but it sat in her hallway because she wouldn’t part with it!”
“I have used the horse for styling in the last few properties I have marketed and every house I have put it in has sold! I think I might need to start telling vendors they need to find a spot for the horse,” laughs Pam.
Mum’s the word!