Former AFL greats who bought and sold property in 2023


Despite being out of the game, it was still a big year for AFL greats selling properties across Melbourne from Toorak to Lower Plenty.

Among the football legends who made moves in the real estate market was former Brisbane Lions skipper Jonathan Brown who scored a seven-figure deal for his Canterbury vineyard.

Over in Williamstown, ex-Bulldogs star Chris Grant snared a record-breaking sale for his waterfront pad, while his former teammate Matthew Croft also booted his family home in Moonee Ponds.

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Other more recent AFL retirees playing the property game included Hawthorn premiership stars Brent Guerra and Ryan Schoenmakers, as well as ex-Bombers player and Survivor contestant David Zaharakis.

Take a look at every former footballer’s Melbourne home sales in 2023 below:


Jonathon and Kylie Brown

Jonathon and Kylie Brown at their Canterbury home. Picture: Jason Edwards

Brisbane Lions legend turned Fox Footy commentator Jonathan Brown and his wife Kylie sold their Canterbury property in October for more than $9m.

The historic 22 Chaucer Cres pad, known as Heyford, is complete with its own vineyard and has been home to the Browns and their three children since 2019.

After relocating to Queensland to be closer to Kylie’s family, the couple listed the home with an $8.75m-$9.25m asking price.

It is understood to have sold at a private auction for a sum above $9.25m.

Jellis Craig’s Mike Beardsley handled the sale.


Chris Grant sold his Williamstown pad.

Also in October, Western Bulldogs veteran and former captain Chris Grant booted his lavish waterfront home in Williamstown for a record-breaking price.

The Australian football Hall of Famer placed the 15 The Strand property on the market in August with an $8m-$8.8m price tag.

It later sold for an undisclosed sum understood to be about $8.5m, smashing the suburb’s previous house price benchmark of $7.35m.

Compton Green inner west director Adrian Butera helmed the sale.


Michael Lockman sold his Glen Iris property.

Former Richmond, Collingwood and Sydney Swans player Michael Lockman punted his Glen Iris house in September.

The ex-footballer hosted a raft of AFL legends at the 4 Essex St pad since purchasing it 37 years ago, including Barry Mitchell, Paul Kelly and the late Darren Millane.

Michael Lockman - for herald sun real estate (2)

It first hit the market with a $1.5m-$1.65m asking range before passing it at its August auction.

Belle Property Glen Iris principal director Steve Burke then sold the property for $1.528m about a month later.


Chris and Lauren Tarrant.

Ex-Collingwood and Fremantle team member Chris Tarrant and his interior designer wife Lauren splashed almost $10m on two neighbouring Toorak houses in May.

Public records show the high-profile couple paid $6.352m and $3.573m respectively for No. 5 and 7 St Georges Rd, one of the most illustrious streets in Melbourne in the city’s priciest suburb.

RT Edgar Toorak’s Antoinette Nido brokered the deals for the two three-bedroom houses.


The Moonee Ponds home of Matthew Croft, which he recently sold.

Another Bulldogs veteran who sold his home this year was former defender Matthew Croft and his wife Elisa.

The couple listed their 108-year-old family home in Moonee Ponds in September with a $3m-$3.3m asking price.

While the 40 Derby St pad initially passed in under the hammer, further negotiations post-auction led to an undisclosed sale understood to be within the initial price guide.

Nelson Alexander’s Jon McKenna was in charge of the sale.


7 Agnew St, Brighton East - for herald sun real estate

Former Carlton footballer Adrian De Luca booted his Brighton East house in May for $2.99m after a two-month stint on the market.

The ex-Blues player and his wife Krista listed the 7 Agnew St pad in March for $2.75m-$2.925m before it passed it in at its auction in early April on a $2.875m offer.

Marshall White Bayside director Matthew Pillios later snared a deal for the couple on the renovated 103-year old house.


The home that Pittard sold in Brunswick East

In Brunswick East, former Port Adelaide turned Kangaroos player Jasper Pittard offloaded the Brunswick East house he called home since returning to Melbourne following his retirement in 2020.

The 9 Sedgman St home, just off Lygon St, had a $1.185m-$1.3m asking price ahead of its March auction, helmed by Jellis Craig agent Julie Susnjara.

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Jasper Pittard. Picture: Tony Gough

Pittard is now a creative director and co-founder of Footy for Climate, as well as a graphic designer for Melbourne sports and leisure clothing label R.Sport.

He sold the three-bedroom pad under the hammer for $1.285m.


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David Zaharakis. Pic: Michael Klein

Ex-Essendon midfielder David Zaharakis, who also competed in Australian Survivor earlier this year, placed his epic Lower Plenty property on the market in February.

The 127 Bonds Rd house is set on a 4061sq m block and features an indoor basketball and squash court, theatre room, billiards room and swimming pool.

It was listed with a $3.8m-$4.1m asking price with Morrison Kleeman’s Craig Parker.

However, after lingering on the market for about 70 days, the listing was pulled.


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Josh Bruce. Pic: Michael Klein

Recently retired Bulldog Josh Bruce and his wife Pip’s 1920s Elsternwick home is still on the market after being listed in September with a $1.7m-$1.75m price tag shortly after his last game.

In addition to his position as a defender for the Western Bulldogs, Bruce also played for GWS at the start of his career and later St Kilda.

His 419 Kooyong Rd property headed to auction in late October but passed in under the hammer.

Biggin & Scott Elsternwick agent Daniel Ashton has the listing.


The Kew home Vander Haar sold in November.

Essendon premiership player Paul Vander Haar, known as the Flying Dutchman in his playing days, sold his home in Kew with a garage “man shed” out the back.

The former footballer and Essendon Hall of Famer listed 155-157 Derby St in August for $2.9m-$3.1m ahead of its scheduled auction.

Essendon Legends Game, Windy Hill. The runner delivers a cigarette to Paul Vander Haar.

Essendon Legends Game — the runner delivers a cigarette to Paul Vander Haar.

However after passing in under the hammer, the property did not sell until early November when it snared an undisclosed sale of $2.4m, industry sources say.


Fellow Essendon alumn Devon Smith, who also played for the GWS Giants, sold the Carlton North house he bought as a young footballer in August.

The AFL Rising Star award winner placed the Victorian-era pad at 749 Drummond St on the market with a $1.3m-$1.4m asking price ahead of its August auction.

It sold under the hammer for $1.6m with Nelson Alexander Carlton North agent Charlie Barham at the helm.


1 of 9 Sandford St, Highett - for herald sun real estate

1 of 9 Sandford St, Highett – for herald sun real estate

Two-time Hawthorn premiership star Brent Guerra scored $1.23m in February for his Highett home where teammates Luke Hodge and Lance ‘Buddy’ Franklin used to hang out.

The three-bedroom pad at 1/9 Sandford St went under the hammer with a price guide of $1.02m-$1.085m before selling for $1.23m under the hammer.

Marshall White Bayside director Matthew Pillios handled the sale of the property, which had been home to Guerra since 2003.


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Another Hawks premiership player, Ryan Schoenmakers and his wife Alisha punted their luxe Ashburton townhouse for $1.84m at an auction in May.

Schoenmakers purchased the 7a Gloucester Rd property in 2014 before developing the three-bedroom pad which was listed in May with $1.6m-$1.76m price hopes.

The newly-built home boasted a six-star energy rating and plenty of stylish inclusions.

Jellis Craig Boroondara sales manager Michael Wood handled the sale.

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