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Melbourne’s property market explodes as huge celebrity sales drive up prices 

A spate of record-breaking celebrity property sales in Melbourne are helping drive up the city’s real estate prices.

House prices in the Victorian capital climbed by 0.7 per cent through September, and are now 15 per cent higher than this time last year.

The likes of Kylie Minogue, AFL stars Shane Crawford and Bob Murphy, and music promoter Michael Coppel have all been involved in major sales this year.

And just last week a retail mogul and his reality star partner smashed the record for the highest price paid at an Australian auction. 

Chemist Warehouse co-founder Sam Gance and RHOM star Janet Roach last week paid an eye-watering $43million for a two-storey trophy home in Toorak, Melbourne

Sam Gance and Janet Roach – $43million

Chemist Warehouse co-founder Sam Gance and Real Housewives of Melbourne star Janet Roach last week paid an eye-watering $43million for a two-storey trophy home at 47 Lansell Road in Toorak.

Mr Gance and Ms Roach are understood to have beaten one other bidder in a private auction to secure the grand five-bedroom, architecturally designed mansion, which would be at home on the cover of any glossy lifestyle magazine.

Mr Gance, the co-founder of Chemist Warehouse, and Ms Roach, a reality TV star and business owner, broke the record for the highest price ever paid at auction

Mr Gance, the co-founder of Chemist Warehouse, and Ms Roach, a reality TV star and business owner, broke the record for the highest price ever paid at auction

They bought the 3,330 sqm property last Monday from Blue Energy founder Mark Healey and his wife Kelly.

It is understood the Healeys bought it for $20million in 2015 and spent $15million upgrading it with Carr Design architects and Britain’s Helen Green Design Studio.

Premium agency Kay & Burton described the six-garage, two-level mansion as ‘exquisitely crafted high-end luxury’. 

Selling up: Pop princess Kylie Minogue this year sold her charming investment property in Armadale, Melbourne, for $1.715million

Selling up: Pop princess Kylie Minogue this year sold her charming investment property in Armadale, Melbourne, for $1.715million

Kylie Minogue – $1.715million

In February, pop princess Kylie Minogue sold her charming investment property in Armadale, Melbourne, for $1.715million.

The singer, 53, owned the home for 31 years after buying it in her early twenties when she was launching a music career following her starring role on Neighbours.

The Spinning Around hitmaker first bought the cottage in 1990 for $185,000, reports The Herald Sun.

Home sweet home: The singer, 53, owned the home for 31 years after buying it in her early twenties when she was launching a music career following her starring role on Neighbours

Home sweet home: The singer, 53, owned the home for 31 years after buying it in her early twenties when she was launching a music career following her starring role on Neighbours

The home sold in February, according to its property listing, and features two bedrooms, one bathroom and a single-car garage. 

Kylie, who is known for hits including Can’t Get You Out of My Head and I Should Be So Lucky, lives in a $25million penthouse in London.

However, she’s set to return to Australia on a permanent basis in the coming months.

Charming: The pop star sold the home in February, according to its property listing, and it features two bedrooms, one bathroom and a single-car garage

Charming: The pop star sold the home in February, according to its property listing, and it features two bedrooms, one bathroom and a single-car garage

Michelle Greene – $3.8million

More recently, football WAG-turned-activewear mogul Michelle Greene offloaded her Melbourne home after less than two weeks on the market.

Michelle, whose husband is retired Hawthorn player Steven Greene, had listed the Brighton East pad with a $3.6million to $3.8million price guide.

The five-bedroom, three-bathroom property, considered one of the most desirable in the upmarket bayside suburb, sold on September 24, reports realestate.com.au. 

Sold! WAG-turned-activewear mogul Michelle Greene (left, with her husband and business partner Steven Greene) has sold her Melbourne home after less than two weeks on the market

Sold! WAG-turned-activewear mogul Michelle Greene (left, with her husband and business partner Steven Greene) has sold her Melbourne home after less than two weeks on the market

Nice digs! The five-bedroom, three-bathroom property, considered one of the most desirable in the upmarket bayside suburb, sold on September 24 for an undisclosed price

Nice digs! The five-bedroom, three-bathroom property, considered one of the most desirable in the upmarket bayside suburb, sold on September 24 for an undisclosed price

The sale price has not been disclosed, but the home likely sold within or above its price guide given soaring house prices in the area.

Michelle’s home, which has been described as having ‘magazine-worthy interiors’, includes an infrared sauna and a home gym. 

There is also a basement cinema, an 800-bottle wine cellar and four car spaces.

Sea change: Footy legend Shane Crawford and his partner Olivia Anderson have sold their Brighton mansion for about $9million, following the family's move to northern New South Wales. The couple are pictured with their sons, Charlie, Ben and identical twins Jack and Harry

Sea change: Footy legend Shane Crawford and his partner Olivia Anderson have sold their Brighton mansion for about $9million, following the family’s move to northern New South Wales. The couple are pictured with their sons, Charlie, Ben and identical twins Jack and Harry

Shane Crawford – $9million

Footy legend Shane Crawford and his partner Olivia Anderson also recently sold their Brighton mansion, following the family’s move to northern New South Wales.

The four-bedroom Victorian estate, which the couple completely renovated after buying it for $3.05million in 2009, hit the market last month with a price guide of $9million to $9.9million.

Fredman Property Group owner Joel Fredman would not confirm the sale price, but industry sources told realestate.com.au it was ‘in the vicinity of $9million’.

High-end buyers were ‘lining up’ to tour the home last month, Mr Fredman previously said, but it was a family with three children that ended up purchasing it. 

Impressive: High-end buyers were said to be 'lining up' to tour the Crawford home last month, but it was a family with three children that ended up purchasing it. The 1887-built property, known as 'Ellesmere', features a 20m pool (pictured), a tennis court, a gym and a steam room

Impressive: High-end buyers were said to be ‘lining up’ to tour the Crawford home last month, but it was a family with three children that ended up purchasing it. The 1887-built property, known as ‘Ellesmere’, features a 20m pool (pictured), a tennis court, a gym and a steam room

Michael Coppel – $30million

This month, renowned Australian music promoter Michael Coppel finally offloaded his mansion in the affluent Melbourne suburb of Toorak.

The six-bedroom, seven-bathroom property sold for more than $30million to a wealthy local family.

Coppel first listed the museum-style property in May with a price guide of between $30million and $33million. 

Sold! Renowned Australian music promoter Michael Coppel offloaded his $33million mansion in the affluent Melbourne suburb of Toorak

Sold! Renowned Australian music promoter Michael Coppel offloaded his $33million mansion in the affluent Melbourne suburb of Toorak

Moving on: The six-bedroom, seven-bathroom home sold for more than $30million to a wealthy local family. Pictured: Michael Coppel at the 2010 Helpmann Awards

Moving on: The six-bedroom, seven-bathroom home sold for more than $30million to a wealthy local family. Pictured: Michael Coppel at the 2010 Helpmann Awards

Off the market! In August, former Bulldogs captain Bob Murphy offloaded his family home in Northcote, Melbourne, after relocating to Western Australia for work

Off the market! In August, former Bulldogs captain Bob Murphy offloaded his family home in Northcote, Melbourne, after relocating to Western Australia for work

Bob Murphy – $3.05million

In August, former Bulldogs captain Bob Murphy offloaded his family home in Northcote, Melbourne, after relocating to Western Australia for work.

The four-bedroom property sold at auction for $3.05million, far exceeding the price guide of $2.6million to $2.8million, reported realestate.com.au.

The home has a Federation-style façade featuring a quaint front garden and a wrap-around verandah that leads to the front door.

Sea change: Bob moved to Fremantle in September after announcing he was joining the Dockers as the new head of football operations and performance for the AFL and AFLW. He is being joined by his wife Justine (left) and their children Jarvis, Frankie and Delilah

Sea change: Bob moved to Fremantle in September after announcing he was joining the Dockers as the new head of football operations and performance for the AFL and AFLW. He is being joined by his wife Justine (left) and their children Jarvis, Frankie and Delilah 

Brighton’s ‘Versace’ mansion – $15.4million

Last month, Rebecca and Chris Judd’s neighbours in Brighton put a house on the market that rivals the AFL couple’s $7.3million Spanish colonial-style mansion.

The five-bedroom home in the upmarket coastal suburb has been listed for sale with an eye-watering $14million to $15.4million price guide, reports realestate.com.au.

Property agent Angie Swindon said of the home: ‘It’s Golden Mile, it’s probably 200m from the beach. It’s a fantastic location, one of the best streets in Brighton.’

If the price is right, the palatial home will come with all of its Versace furniture.

Inside the 'Versace' mansion: Bec and Chris Judd's neighbours in Brighton have listed their five-bedroom beachside home with a price guide of $14million to $15.4million. The elegantly gated home features a landscaped garden and double garage

Inside the ‘Versace’ mansion: Bec and Chris Judd’s neighbours in Brighton have listed their five-bedroom beachside home with a price guide of $14million to $15.4million. The elegantly gated home features a landscaped garden and double garage

Striking: If the price is right, the palatial home will come with all of its Versace furniture

Striking: If the price is right, the palatial home will come with all of its Versace furniture

Zana Pali – $5million

And just this month, former My Kitchen Rules star Zana Pali sold her luxurious investment property after only three weeks on the market.

The stunning five-bedroom home in Brighton sold for close to $5million.

It has a sleek and modern exterior with a wrap-around grey fence, and the driveway leads down to an underground garage with space for up to five cars.

Luxurious: My Kitchen Rules star Zana Pali has sold her investment property in Brighton for close to $5million. The house has a sleek and modern exterior with a wrap-around grey fence

Luxurious: My Kitchen Rules star Zana Pali has sold her investment property in Brighton for close to $5million. The house has a sleek and modern exterior with a wrap-around grey fence

Plans: Zana and her husband, Gianni Romano (left), who starred on My Kitchen Rules in 2016, recently purchased a plot of land on Brighton's prestigious Golden Mile

Plans: Zana and her husband, Gianni Romano (left), who starred on My Kitchen Rules in 2016, recently purchased a plot of land on Brighton’s prestigious Golden Mile

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