Auctioneer Manny Zennelli works the crowd. Picture: Nicki Connolly
Julia Gillard’s PM-time home, kept as a shrine by its next owners, has sold again for a $60,000 premium — but it had nothing to do with the history-making leader this time around.
Blair Parkinson and family won the keys to the three-bedroom house at 9 Medford St, Altona, for $1.26m on Sunday after seeing off competition from two other groups.
Levic Group agent Tony Zhang said the reserve was $1.2m and bidding moved from a $900,000 opening and a $50,000 first rise before one group dropped out at $1.15m.
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A signed autobiography was on show in listing photos.
The property had been advertised for $1.08m-$1.18m.
Mr Parkinson said his family were upsizing to the home — with space for a trampoline for their kids — and joked it was “nothing to do with Julia Gillard”.
“It’ll be a great family home and looks like it’s been well kept,” he said.
“We live in Altona, so love the area … it’ll be an ongoing project for us.”
Gillard bought the property for $140,000 in 1998 and sold it to the Wang family at the end of 2013 — the year she was ousted as prime minister — for $921,000.
Winning bidders Blair and Renee Parkinson, with their children Isla, 5 and Finlay, 18 months. Picture: Nicki Connolly
That was about $220,000 more than expectations at the time, with the Gillard-adoring Wangs keeping the property for “special events and parties” and never living there or renting it out.
“It was of significance to us as it was Ms Gillard’s house … the only female prime minister of Australia,” Charlotte Wang told the Herald Sun before the auction.
The history of the home was embraced prior to auction at inspections.
Mr Zhang said the daughter of the man who built the home in the 1960s before selling it to Julia Gillard at the end of the ‘90s attended the auction among a crowd of about 50 people — but the former Member for Lalor was not one of them.
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