Wayne Carey with OBrien Real Estate director Darren Hutchins at 1301/188 Macaulay Rd, North Melbourne.
Football great Wayne Carey might be testing the waters for a real estate career after appearing as an ambassador for a “magnificent” North Melbourne apartment.
Carey captained the Kangaroos to two premierships in the 1990s, and after 244 games with the side remains one of the league’s most famous players.
He is also an AFL Hall of Famer who was ranked as the sport’s greatest ever player as part of the 150 years of Australian rules football celebrations in 2008.
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Carey has since worked as a football commentator, though has indicated he will take 2023 off from media duties and recently appeared in real estate video for a four-bedroom apartment at 1301/188 Macaulay Rd he describes as “magnificent”, on behalf of OBrien Real Estate.
“I have been in a few apartments around Melbourne and had a few myself, and I have never seen a view like that,” he said in the video.
“The whole of the city, all of North Melbourne all the way down to the beach.”
Carey points out a view of the CBD he’s not seen before.
The apartment’s spacious open-plan living area also impressed the Duck.
The appearance was arranged by another former AFL player turned real estate agent, OBrien auctioneer John Rombotis, who played against Carey in a career spanning time at Fitzroy, Port Adelaide and Richmond.
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Rombotis is handling the North Melbourne listing with agent Luke Fornieri and said the firm planned to have Carey work as an ambassador for them.
“Depending on the client, and where it suits the property, he will appear for them — he is playing a big role for us,” he said.
The kitchen and dining area offers plenty of space to cater to visiting friends or team mates.
A bar area looks out to Melbourne’s CBD skyline.
He has also appeared at an open for inspection and signed football jumpers for the North Melbourne fan vendors of a 7.78ha, $1.82m-$2m property at 220 Main Drain Rd, Koo Wee Rup — even visiting their father in hospital.
A pivot towards property isn’t unprecedented for a former ’Roo. Club legend Dennis Pagan, who was coach when they won their 1990s premierships, is now at the helm of real estate agency Pagan Real Estate.
In the video for the North Melbourne apartment, Carey also espouses how much the suburb has gentrified in the past 20 years.
The view to the city, and the Arden St home of the Kangaroos in the bottom.
The bathrooms are among the few rooms in the home that don’t have a view.
“It’s changed a lot, it certainly didn’t have apartments like this … it’s a magnificent location,” he said.
“And Arden St is in a lot better nick now, like the whole suburb is … it’s evolved into a great suburb.”
The 2019-built, thirteenth-storey apartment’s balconies and open-plan living spaces all look out to Melbourne’s CBD. They’re also located a drop-punt away from the Kangaroos Football Club across the road, and also near a variety of desirable amenities.
The apartment has marble surfaces, Smeg and Miele appliances in the kitchen, and also comes with six carparks, five of them lockable, and three bathrooms including two ensuites.
The Koo Wee Rup property where Carey has also been involved.
The property at 220 Main Drain Rd is close to a number of the areas amenities.
In the Arden Gardens complex, it has access to a rooftop garden, two theatre rooms and a residents’ lounge.
It goes to auction with a $2.4m-$2.5m asking price at 12.30pm on February 11.
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