Hawks skipper booting swish Fitzroy pad

Hawthorn skipper Ben Stratton is booting a centimetre-perfect Fitzroy warehouse conversion.

The three-time premiership star and his fiancee, Laura Griffin, are looking to offload 75 Palmer St for $1.5-$1.65 million at a July 18 auction.

Stratton — who took on the club captaincy following Jarryd Roughead’s 2018 retirement — told the Herald Sun the couple were drawn to the two-bedroom home’s location just off Brunswick St.

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“It was perfect, we had everything at our front door – so many local watering holes and favourite brekky places,” the defender said.

“It was pretty special having Carlton Gardens in our backyard.”

A mature age pick from WAFL team East Perth, Stratton said the large-open plan living zone and deck at the rear of the property were “perfect for entertaining”.

Arched cathedral ceilings soar above the light-filled space, also warmed by an open fireplace.

During the pair’s five years at the property, they installed bi-fold doors to better ease the transition to the rear deck.

They also polished the concrete floors and exposed a brick wall, among carrying out other additions.

“Coming home on cold winter’s nights and sitting in front of the fire with a glass of red was always a highlight,” Stratton said.

The couple is considering buying a block of land or relocating coastally following the sale.

The popular 31-year-old is leading Hawthorn for a second season, with Tom Mitchell and Jaeger O’Meara serving as vice-captains.

He’s racked up 192 matches for the brown and gold since debuting as a mature-aged rookie in 2010, including flags in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Nelson Alexander Fitzroy partner and lifelong Hawks fan Mark Verrocchi said the property was an “absolute ripper” that appealed to a broad cross-section of buyers.

“It’s quintessential warehouse living in the heart of Fitzroy,” Mr Verrocchi said.

“It’s screaming for someone to put their unique spin on it. There are myriad buyers because it meets so many diverse buying targets.”

Mr Verrocchi, who also negotiated the $1.295 million sale of the property to Stratton in May 2015, also helps with Hawthorn’s charity auctions.

“I’ve probably helped about five or six of the playing group with their homes,” he said. “I’ve become the pseudo go-to for the Hawks.”

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