Buyers driven by Christmas deadline out in force this weekend

Brisbane property buyers will be out in force this weekend, driven by the need to seal a deal one month out from Christmas.

More than 115 properties are scheduled to go to auction over Saturday and Sunday and agents say it’s crunch time for those wanting to settle before the holiday season.

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Ray White Ascot agent Damon Warat is marketing a contemporary family home at 19 Upper Lancaster Road, Ascot, and said he expects it will sell under the hammer on Saturday, with the Christmas deadline driving buyers to make a decision.

“We’re getting to the pointy end of things now and in the case of this house, we’ve had good interest. We’re selling on Saturday,” he said.

19 Upper Lancaster Road, Ascot. Photo: Ray White Ascot

The house, a five-bedroom, four-bathroom home set on 884 square metres of land in one of Ascot’s most beautiful streets, will go to auction at 11am on Saturday, November 24.

Mr Warat said there had been strong interest from aspirational families during the campaign, with crowds at every open homes.

“It’s a really good family home, ideal for families with teenagers and it has a lot of different living zones for a big family,” he said.

“It’s also a heavy construction contemporary home which is quite unique for this area … but it still has that elegant Ascot feel from the street with the wide frontage.

Inside 19 Upper Lancaster Road, Ascot. Photo: Ray White Ascot

“What everyone’s loved is that it’s really spacious, liveable but also still has all the bells and whistles like a steam room, heated flooring and luxury fittings.”

In Paddington, a first-home buyer beauty at 97 Beck Street will go under the hammer at 10am and marketing agent Caroline Brown of Belle Property Paddington said the house had proved extremely popular.

“We’ve got two very interested parties and we’ve already had an offer. It’s a beautifully presented property which is why there’s been so much interest,” Ms Brown said.

“The demographic has been primarily first-home buyers — people who have the money to start in a suburb like Paddington, with ideas to lift the house in the future.”

97 Beck Street, Paddington. Photo: Belle Property Paddington

The circa 1930s property sits on 405 square metres of land within walking distance of Rosalie Village and Park Road and features two bedrooms, one bathroom and beautiful, light-filled interiors that flow out to a north-facing rear deck.

At 3pm, a quirky inner-city house with a worker’s cottage facade at 17 Hove Street, Highgate Hill will go to auction.

Marketing agent Luke Croft of Ray White South Brisbane said the 1880s character cottage had been transformed from its previously retro state into a clever contemporary design.

“It’s just amazing what can be done with a small lot,” he said.

17 Hove Street, Highgate Hill. Photo: Ray White South Brisbane

“It ticks all the boxes of low-maintenance living in a premium inner-city location. I’ve worked in the area for 16 years and I’ve never sold anything like this.”

The house, owned by architect Melina Hobday and Ant McCormack, is a three-bedroom, two-bathroom, modern two-level home with original brick fireplace, timber floors and bespoke cabinetry. The backyard is north facing, so the house is flooded with natural light.

It will go to auction at 3pm, this Saturday, November 24.


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