QLD

Jonathan Chancellor | 4 December 2012

Anna Bligh sells her Highgate Hill home

Anna Bligh sells her Highgate Hill home

The Sydney-based former Queensland premier Anna Bligh, recently appointed by the federal government to the board of health insurer Medibank Private, has sold her south Brisbane home, which went to recent auction with $1 million-plus hopes.

There were five registered bidders, but not a single offer at its September auction.

Bligh co-owned her renovated 1890 Highgate Hill home with her husband, Greg Withers, having bought it in 1997 for $290,000.

After its $900,000 vendor bids, it was listed through Ray White South Brisbane.

It was marketed as a four-bedroom, two-bathroom house oozing "charm and character of a bygone era".

It has a land value of $710,000.

A nearby three-bedroom house on a similar 827-square-metre block fetched $900,000 last year, and a four-bedroom house fetched $825,000 in 2010.

Bligh has been renting in Sydney's inner east before buying, spotted recently at a Paddington open for inspection.

Her move to Sydney came following Withers taking a job at Arts NSW.

The couple also own investment units in West End and Highgate Hill, which have not been listed for sale.

The RP Data median house price for Highgate Hill was $755,000 when she initially listed, having dropped 2.6% in the past year, and now sits at $744,000, reflecting a 4.3% annual drop.

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