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Former AFL player Neil Besanko sells up in Surrey Hills

57 Guildford Rd, Surrey Hills - for Herald Sun rea

FORMER St Kilda and Essendon player Neil Besanko has handballed his family home of more than 20 years for a hefty multimillion-dollar sum.

The charming five-bedroom Edwardian property at 57 Guildford Rd, Surrey Hills, fetched $3.625 million after early spring competition between three families.

Marshall White, Boroondara, agent Duane Wolowiec said the “commanding period home” on more than 1000sq m was on the market at about $3.3-$3.4 million.

“We opened the bidding at $3.1 million and had a number of rises from two parties who were jumping it up by $50,000,” he said.

“Then a third party came into the bidding and fought it out with one other party to $3.625 million.”

Mr Wolowiec said the last bidder into the action — a local family buyer — came up trumps ahead of two groups looking to move into the area.

“The vendors were very happy. They are happy that a family has purchased it that love it for what it is,” he said.

Besanko — a 1971 Grand Final player with the Saints — raised his family at the 1911 house named Wistaria over the past 23 years.

Now, he and wife Becky plan to downsize.

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