Emma and Sam Dodd had several reasons to celebrate when they attended a friends’ wedding on Saturday.
The wife and husband went straight from their Croydon townhouse’s auction to the wedding.
Despite a three-hour drive to the ceremony, the Dodds were all smiles following the $1.185m sale of their four-bedroom townhouse at 12A Kalinda Rd.
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The couple themselves were only married in December.
Mr Dodd runs commercial and residential builder Cumayne Constructions, while his wife operates an online business, Vee Underwear.
Mr and Ms Dodd spent weekends and evenings building the townhouse, where they have lived for about 18 months with cavoodle dog Franki.
“We didn’t want a run-of-the-mill townhouse, we wanted something unique,” Ms Dodd said.
They designed the townhouse with entertaining in mind, including the “bold” black and white-kitchen that features a servery that opens to the garden.
They say the alfresco deck and fire pit on the lawn are ideal for dinners with friends.
“It’s quite versatile, for summer with outdoor entertaining and in the winter it’s quite homely, with the fireplace in the living room,” Mr Dodd said.
The couple said they were “very excited” to sell the townhouse but would miss being so close to the Mullum Mullum Trail, where they walk Franki.
They have bought a block of land with plans to build a new home.
Ray White Forest Hill agent Aaron McDonald said the auction was “fast and furious” with three bidders.
“We had a good opening bid of $900,000,” Mr McDonald said.
The price was $135,000 above the $1.05m reserve and the first bidder ended up buying the house for her family.
Mr McDonald said there were several strong auction results on Saturday, including a four-bedroom house at 29 Coonawarra Drive, Vermont South, which sold for $1.706m, a sum $206,000 over the reserve price.
Ray White Forest Hill director and auctioneer at Hugh Francis had the listing.
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