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Good Friday auction raises $627k

An extra $627,500 was added to the Good Friday Appeal tally when the hammer came down at the annual charity home auction, reports.

Nine bidders competed for the brand new house in Geelong as about 700 people watched on, with a local family winning the keys.

Buyers Enzo and Carmela Palladini had first seen the residence just two days earlier, and described it as a “dream home” for them and their two children, Alexander, 13, and Annalyse, 16.

The house in Mt Duneed fetched $627,500 — all of which will go to the Good Friday Appeal

The house was built and donated by Henley on land supplied by Villawood Properties in its flagship Armstrong community in Mt Duneed.

It was auctioned with no reserve price, meaning it was guaranteed to sell even if only one bid was placed.

Auctioneer Christian Bartley of Bellarine Property took many more than that — the auction kicked off at $450,000 and quickly became competitive, with nine homebuyers becoming involved.

Proceedings plateaued at one point, but quickly ramped back up when Villawood executive director Rory Costelloe offered to throw in a lunch at the Geelong Football Club’s President’s Club.

Two buyers then went head to head until the hammer came down at $627,500.

Every dollar of that will be given to the Royal Children’s Hospital.

The house at 66 Unity Drive took five months to build, with 400 tradies and suppliers chipping in.

It has four bedrooms, two bathrooms and two powder rooms, five living areas including a theatre room, a study, gourmet kitchen and a north-facing alfresco area — and the ultimate “feel-good factor”.


Charity house auction in Geelong earns $627,500 for the Good Friday Appeal (

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Enzo and Carmela Palladini, with their kids Alexander and Annalyse, outlasted eight other bidders to win the keys to the Good Friday Appeal charity home. Picture: David Crosling