Former treasurer Joe Hockey’s house in Canberra is on the market – and now you can have a look inside.
The three-bedroom house at 25 Furneaux Street in the sought-after inner south suburb of Forrest will go under the hammer on April 9.
But interested buyers and stickybeaks can walk through the property as early as this weekend.
LJ Hooker Canberra City agent Kaylene King said the house would be open for inspection on Saturday morning and Tuesday afternoon.
If getting to the nation’s capital is more than a hike you can also take a peek without leaving your computer: 25 Furneaux Street was listed online on Tuesday.
The 1930s property has been described as an opportunity “to live in one of Canberra’s premier locations, on a substantial block giving you the possibility to own “The Dream”.
The house, which sits on 1300 square metres, still boasts a number original features such as timber sash windows, original doors and picture rails.
Nine-foot ceilings, an electric fireplace in the living room, double-sized bedrooms and two bathrooms, including a bath, are among the property’s other key features.
Mr Hockey and his wife, Melissa Babbage, had plans to “significantly” extend the house and install a pool, according to the listing.
The couple bought the home back in 1997 for just $320,000, according to Allhomes data.
Today, Allhomes puts the unimproved value of Mr Hockey’s property at $1,207,000.
The sale of the house comes less than two months after Hockey took up the plum position of Australia’s Ambassador to the United States – and moved into some much larger digs.
Instead Mr Hockey, a former lawyer, sent his father, a real estate agent, to have have a beer with the owner. Mr Hockey’s father managed to secure the home at land value.
Hockey has hosted a string of high-profile tenants since, including former Liberal politician and Australian War Memorial director Brendan Nelson, who came to live in the property’s shed not long after it was bought.
Dr Nelson’s marriage had fallen apart and he was struggling to fork out child support payments when he asked Hockey if he could move into the garage to save money.
Politicians Ross Cameron, Jamie Briggs and Bob Baldwin are also among the house’s former tenants.
The Forrest home isn’t Mr Hockey’s only piece of prime real estate.
He has opted to lease his Sydney mansion in Hunters Hill out while he’s in Washington – a property he bought for $3.5 million in 2004.
Mr Hockey also owns a farm in Queensland, which he put on the market last year. When it was first listed in June 2015, it had an asking price of $1.55 million.
Inspect 25 Furneaux Street, Forrest on Saturday, from 11.45am to 12.15pm or Tuesday, March 22 from 5pm to 5.45pm.
Contact: LJ Hooker Canberra City agent Kaylene King on 0409 574 178.