Leigh Broxham is Melbourne Victory A-League soccer player. The team plays Wellington Phoenix on Saturday, December 14, at AAMI Park at 5pm (tickets: Ticketek).
Where do you live?
In Bonbeach, with my wife and our triplets, aged three. We have recently moved into one side of our dual-occupancy project, which was a joint venture with my parents-in-law, who are living on the other side.
What property do you own?
The Bonbeach property.
What do you love most about your home?
I love that my wife and I have designed every aspect of the home, from the floorplan to the fixtures and fittings.
What have you changed?
There was originally a two-bedroom weatherboard house on the land. We had it demolished and built the dual occupancy.
One more thing you’d change?
Nothing right now, but we only moved into the home in September.
Most memorable home you’ve lived in?
The family home I grew up in, in Knoxfield. I spent most of my childhood years there. Dad planted some palm trees in the backyard that we used as soccer goals. We were in the middle of suburban Knoxfield with these massive palm trees that grew to about 20m tall by the time we moved out.
Your first foot on the property ladder?
A two-bedroom weatherboard home in Boronia. It was a joint venture with my dad that we — well, mostly him — fixed up and eventually sold.
Are you a keen or reluctant property buyer?
Keen. It’s always been an interest.
How many homes have you ever bought and ever sold?
I’ve bought five: my first property in Boronia; two properties in Rosebud, which my dad and I bought and developed, the old man is very handy — and trustworthy; an apartment in Richmond and now the Bonbeach home. I’ve sold four.
The highlights of your property journey?
Seeing the end result of the development projects. The recent project in Bonbeach has been the biggest highlight as it’s the family home.
The developments are stressful on the household and also financially, sometimes, but it’s what you have to deal with if you are going to do it.
Best property advice you’ve heard?
Harry Kontossis from Barry Plant real estate agency said to me 10 years ago: “Buy a two-bedroom home in Glen Iris and pay it off by the end of your football career.” I didn’t follow his advice but I wish I had!
Any tips for homebuyers?
Buy and hold. If you’re buying and selling a lot, you’ll be wasting your money on stamp duty.
Future property plans?
Once the dust settles from the latest development, we might do a small subdivision further down the bay.