The property was previously owned by a plumber who used the premises as his workshop and it took a lot of work to convert it into a family home. It was an affair of the heart for Thornton and Burstall.
“We basically worked as laborers for the contractor,” Thornton said. “We carried bricks and painted and cleaned.”
The couple, a mainstay of Australian film and television, raised children Jaz and Ben and many beloved pets in the home but decided to sell it last year.
Nicholas West, partner at Nelson Alexander Carlton, confirmed the sale and said buyers had been looking for a unique downtown home for the past several years.
“Sigrid and Tom were very happy that another family bought the property. It was a family home for them and they were keen to find the right buyer,” West said.
Although the home sold for less than $3.9 million, West said it was an excellent result given the challenges Melbourne’s real estate market was facing.
Rising interest rates have changed many buyers’ plans and reduced the amount they can borrow, cutting their spending budget, West said.
“There were a lot of challenges, we’ve had rate hikes and COVID and even the bad weather — every time we’ve been open for inspection, it’s been raining,” West said.
Both buyers and sellers were delighted with the result, he said.
https://www.smh.com.au/property/news/sigrid-thornton-and-husband-tom-burstall-sell-north-melbourne-digs-for-3-8m-20230214-p5ckfd.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_property Sigrid Thornton and husband Tom Burstall are selling North Melbourne digs for $3.8million