Collingwood hall of famer Gavin Crosisca and wife Nicole are seeking renters for the family home that gave them a new lease on life.
The 1990 premiership star, who played 246 games for the Magpies, had a well publicised battle with drug and alcohol addiction before he bought 577 Elgar Rd, Mont Albert North six years ago.
The four-bedroom house is available for tenants from early December, for $650 per week.
Known affectionately as ‘Bagger’ for his uncompromising attitude on and off the field, Crosisca was also an assistant coach at North Melbourne, Hawthorn and Carlton.
After his wife admitted him to a rehabilitation facility in 2012, Crosisca went public with his history of drug addiction throughout his playing career.
Now a director at Sober Housing Living, he mentors, assists and educates those affected by addiction.
“With my past history of addiction and so forth, that cost our family a lot,” Crosisca told Property Insiders.
“This was basically allowing us to get back into the housing market, which was an awesome opportunity from where we were.”
Both bathrooms and the second living area have been completely renovated. The house has also been repainted internally, had weatherboards replaced and extensive landscaping in the front garden.
“My wife has done a range of different things to the property to make it a really warm, family environment,” Crosisca said.
“She’s certainly prettied it up. It’s been a comfortable home.”
He said the front yard, featuring synthetic grass and a basketball ring, had become a central hub for the family’s three children.
“It’s certainly been a gathering space for the kids – they’re always having groups of their friends over,” he said.
Fletchers Manningham director Tim Heavyside expected the house’s “exceptional” location near schools and Box Hill Central Shopping Centre to appeal to renters.
“This is a tastefully renovated property,” he said.
The house last sold for $615,000 in November 2013, according to CoreLogic.