AT TWO ‘open for inspection days’ in the past two weekends, there have been 55 and then 25 people through the house at 25 Venus Street, Inverloch.
The property will go up for auction on Sunday, January 26, onsite at 11am during what will be a busy weekend at Inverloch and Cape Paterson for LJ Hooker, the selling agent for this and three other properties listed for auction.
“I guess because it is a ‘deceased estate’ auction, there has been a lot of interest in this one and also because the property is very well located, is a good size at 1000m2 and has sea views,” said Allan Mann of LJ Hooker Inverloch.
“Also of interest is that the property was owned by an Inverloch identity and author, the late Joe Tennant.”
The house on the property was the former home of veteran Navy man and author Joe Tennant who found his way to Inverloch after an eventful life that tracked its way across the world from Scotland in 1922, to South Africa and then Europe and Africa during the war where he met up with Australians besieged at Tobruk, on to Washington as a diplomat after the war, Italy and finally Australia.
It was while working as a diplomat in the US that he met the US President of the day.
Based on his amazing experiences, Joe wrote four novels including “The Red Diamond Navy”.
Joe’s first effort at story telling commenced in the 1990’s when he learned of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ story writing and art competition through the Inverloch Library.
Joe won 1st Prize in SWAC’s True Wartime Experience category and the Sir Edward “Weary” Dunlop Memorial Award in 2007 for his story “Young Love in War”.
“The house is a large, two storey place and while it could do with some work inside, it has very good bones and has the making of something really nice,” said Allan.
Of course, at 1000m2 and being well located, it could lend itself to development, subject to council approval.
“The level of inquiry after Christmas has been very good right across the board and we have been able to put together several deals in the first few weeks of January,” he said.
“December was pretty quiet for most people but the interest in Inverloch in particular remains strong but fortunately we do have an excellent selection of properties in all categories.
“The vendors are meeting the market on price as well and it’s a good time to be considering a purchase.”
Last beach land
Also attracting interest at the moment are the last two stages of the Surf Beach Estate, the final opportunity to buy new blocks of land in Inverloch with direct access to the coast.
“Stage 4 of 15 blocks is for sale now, from $345,000 to $365,000 and blocks of up to 900m2 and then there will be only one stage left after that.
“This estate has come up superbly with the standard of home going up another level again.
“You’ve got walking path access to the Surf Beach here but I must stress, these are the last of the new estate blocks available so close to the beach.”
There’s no doubting Inverloch’s attraction to holiday makers and permanents alike but sales and local trading in general could certainly do with an improvement in the weather!
Going to auction in January are the following:
• ‘Classic Beachside Home’: 6 Ozone Court, Cape Paterson, Saturday, January 25 1pm, LJ Hooker (Scott Hughes 0488 748 888)
• ‘Seaside Sophistication’: 29 Seabreeze Parade, Cape Paterson, Saturday, January 25 2pm, JL Hooker (Scott Hughes 0488 748 888)
• ‘Deceased Estate’: 25 Venus Street, Inverloch, Sunday, January 26 at 11am, LJ Hooker (Allan Mann 0409 855 753)
• ‘Central location’: 25 Sandymount Avenue, Inverloch, Sunday, January 26 12 noon, LJ Hooker (Allan Mann 0409 855 753).