Outgoing Hawks captain Ben Stratton has sold his stylish Fitzroy home while calling time on his decorated football career.
The three-time premiership star sold his stylish warehouse conversion at 75 Palmer Street just two weeks before announcing his retirement from AFL.
Stratton previously hinted to the Herald Sun his next move could be to “head west”, sparking speculation the defender may move back to home state Western Australia.
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The 31-year-old was raised in Dunsborough and played for the WAFL’s East Perth before being recruited by the Hawks as a mature age pick in 2009.
Nelson Alexander Fitzroy agent Mark Verrochi confirmed the two-bedroom pad sold close to the $1.55m asking price.
He said it was likely Stratton’s next property would be in WA.
“I know he wanted to move more beachside, and while I’m not entirely sure it was WA, I can only assume,” Mr Verrochi said.
“I’m not sure if Stratton had made the decision to retire when he first listed the home for sale.”
The warehouse conversion, where Stratton and his fiancee Laura Griffin lived, was first listed in June, before passing in on a vendor bid at an online auction in July.
Mr Verrochi said it was eventually snapped up by a notable artist who divided his time between Los Angeles and Melbourne.
“He loved the warehouse feel of it, which he can really put his own spin on,” Mr Verrochi said.
“The first thing he loved was the cathedral ceilings and how it was so spacious and light filled.”
The artist had the opportunity to physically inspect the property early in the campaign, before a ban on private inspections began.
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Stratton told the Herald Sun the property had been “perfect for entertaining”, with a large open-plan living room and a deck at the rear.
“It was perfect, we had everything at our front door – so many local watering holes and favourite brekky places,” Stratton said.
“It was pretty special having Carlton Gardens in our backyard.”
The couple added a huge bi-fold door leading to the deck, concrete floors and exposed a brick wall during their five-year stint at the property.
They bought it for $1.295m in 2015, according to CoreLogic.
Stratton announced his retirement from Hawthorn on Monday, after racking up 201 games across a 10-year career.
He starred in the club’s premiership three-peat from 2013 to 2015 and was made captain for his last two seasons.
He is hanging up the boots at the same time as teammate Paul Puopolo.
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