AFL star Travis Cloke is selling a glamorous Kew family home he outmuscled developers to buy three years ago.
The Collingwood centre half-forward can expect in the vicinity of about $2.7 million for the three storey, four-bedroom dwelling at 31 First Avenue, which he acquired from a vendor who halted a renovation planned by Peter McIntyre – who recently designed apartment complex The Whitt for Ski Victoria in Mt Buller.
Agents for the Kew property were in 2013 marketing the 692 square metre block to townhouse builders.
Instead, Cloke went on to refurbish the home which now includes a lift, home theatre, rumpus room, two kitchens, several living zones and wraparound outdoor terrace, part of which faces a salt chlorinated, solar heated pool.
The elevated site has a north facing aspect which cannot be built out.
Cloke’s fiancé, model Rebeccah Panozza, is standing by the footballer following revelations in October that he and team mate Dane Swan sent explicit self-images to women met at a bar.
On Instagram last week, Cloke uploaded an image of himself and Panozza with birthday wishes. The pair also posted pictures of recent escapades to Tasmania and the Mornington Peninsula.
Cloke, who turns 29 early next month, is the youngest son of David Cloke, who played more than 330 matches for Richmond and Collingwood in the 1970s and 80s. David has two other sons, Cameron and Jason, who also enjoyed AFL careers
Fletchers Rob Fletcher and Nick Fletcher will auction 31 First Avenue, Kew, on March 19.
The listing is the latest in a string of deals related to Collingwood identities, past and present.
Last year the family of late Magpies legend Jock McHale offered his $20 million Mornington Peninsula estate, Pinnacle Park, for sale.
Also on the Mornington Peninsula, former Collingwood sportsman Vaughan Ellis and his wife, Sue, listed their Red Hill farm for sale, in a $5-million plus deal.
Collingwood Football Club president Eddie McGuire has been an active buyer of late, last year spending $12.5 million for an office at 414 Toorak Road in Toorak.
McGuire paid nearly $12 million in an off-market deal for a single-storey mansion off St Georges Road, Toorak, in 2009. Sources speculate Eddie’s Toorak home would sell for about $20 million today.