The Property

                                                         95 & 95A Westbury St, Balaclava                  

55 Farm St



In this section, we take a dive into the nitty-gritty of your property. We analyse the property itself, its surrounds and the numbers that matter. We also take a look at the comparable sales in the area and how they stack up against your property.

The Numbers


4 - Bedroom 

1 - Bathroom

3 - Car space

Total Space - 579m2

Internal - 148m2


Position - North (Front) / South (Rear)

Sale Method


Agent Price Range

$1,200,000 - $1,300,000

Milk Chocolate Valuation 

Logical Price: $1,280,000 - $1,350,000

Emotional Price: $1,350,000 - $1,450,000

Price Range: $1,280,000 - $1,450,000

Rental Appraisal

$650/wk (Before) / $880/wk (After)

Renovation Allowance


Renovation Timeline

12 - 16 weeks + + 26 weeks for design and permit approval

The Figures

Buy, Renovate, Rent

The Stats

Distance to CBD

12.2km by car / 8.4km as the crow flies (CBD being Flinders St Station)

Capital Growth Rates

Combined capital growth for units & houses in Newport in the past 12 months is 12.45%

Houses Sold

The number of houses sold in the last 12 months is 159

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The Details
To sum this up in one sentence, it's a character filled home in a quiet street in a fantastic suburb with plenty of potential. The property presents really well and the recent external lift (painting and general landscaping) provides a fantastic picture on approach. High ornate ceilings and wide hallways provide that timely reminder that this property is filled with character. 
We particularly like this property because it provides you with that flexibility to lease out in its current condition with the view to renovate down the track. Alternatively, you could renovate immediately and then lease the property out to create equity and increase your yields. With a long-term view on this one, we don't believe you can go wrong. Below we list our renovation considerations and on the figures spreadsheet, the 2nd tab itemises the renovation spend.
Renovation Considerations (See cost breakdown on figures spreadsheet - 2nd tab)
• 2nd storey extension with masterbed, WIR, ensuite, living and balcony (60m2)
• Carpet all bedrooms
• Internal paint throughout
• New kitchen
• New bathroom
• Renovate laundry
• Build new carport to the side of the property
• Knock down rear studio and create an outdoor entertaining area with deck and pergola
• Connect the outdoor entertaining area with the inside by installing bi-folds
• Update current WC
• New wardrobe cabinetry in all existing bedrooms
• Landscaping front and back
Our Thoughts
This really depends on your emotional attachment to the property and your feelings towards living in this when you return. If you rinse this analysis with an owner occupier lens then it's a beautiful character filled property with amazing potential to create a home for your family. From an investment POV, the rental yield is incredibly low, however, this is normal across all of Melbourne at the moment (and Sydney too). But as you indicated you are looking for a negatively geared property, so this might not be as big an issue for you. A long term look at this property presents a great investment in our opinion.
Next Steps
If you wanted to proceed with this purchase, we would recommend first undertaking a building & pest report. We would then like to review the contract with your solicitor and ensure everything stacks up. Given the auction is in a weeks time, and although the agent said they'd consider offers prior, I would hold out until the auction. The agent will most likely use any offers prior as fuel to generate more interest come auction day. We can work together on a max bid price prior and I will attend the auction on your behalf to bid.
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