THE dream home of a prominent Melbourne orthodontist who played alongside Leigh Matthews in a rare reserves appearance for the VFL/AFL legend remains on the market after going to auction.
David Ellett’s custom-built three-bedroom house of 18 years at 11 Knutsford St, Balwyn, passed in on a second vendor bid of $4.1 million.
Kay & Burton auctioneer Scott Patterson asked a crowd of about 80 to take in the “lovely trees, wide streets and quality homes around” them in the early spring sun.
“There are homes around this area worth up to $10-$15 million,” he said.
But no hands were raised as potential buyers preferred to try and negotiate after.
An offer of $4.3 million was made post-auction, but the reserve had been set at $4.5 million and discussions were underway with three local families, Mr Patterson said: “the big drawcard for that area is Camberwell Grammar and the ‘Golden Mile’ position.”
Ellett, a retired leading orthodontist, lined up for a match for Hawthorn’s seconds aged 18 in 1970 with the future player of the century of about the same age.
“I was amazed at how tough and skilful Leigh was,” he said last month.
He said the four-time premiership player and four-time premiership coach recalled it as his only season in the reserves when they met at the MCG about a year ago.
Mr Ellett and wife Barb designed the single-level property with prominent eastern suburbs company Masterplan Builders, and are now downsizing to Hawthorn.