MELBOURNE Storm centre Cheyse Blair has bought his first home, close to the club’s AAMI Park base.
The 26-year-old NRL player and his partner Tamara Wheeler benefited from not having to pay stamp duty when they secured their two-bedroom Abbotsford pad for $550,000 earlier this year.
Blair told Property Insiders he and Tamara had been attracted to the inner-city lifestyle on offer with the apartment at 120 Gipps St, after getting a taste for it when they first moved to Melbourne.
“We could have moved further out and maybe bought something bigger, but then you’ve got to deal with traffic heading into training every day,” he said.
“We were renting in Richmond when we first moved down and loved the inner city, that’s what made us look at this area.
“We were looking around Hawthorn and the other side of Richmond and then this place came up.”
He said the price point was another attraction and there was room for his two young sons, Billy and Charlie, while it was “still pretty warm and cosy.”
The compact pad is just a short journey up Hoddle St to the Storm’s home ground, with Collingwood Library, parks and cafes just a stroll away.
It features two bathrooms and a balcony with views of the city.
Ms Wheeler said their oldest son Billy loved watching the trains go by and pointing out rainbows, adding their home featured cushions from local label Bonnie & Neil bought across the road.
Melbourne Storm is Blair’s fourth NRL club, having joined from the Manly Sea Eagles in 2015 after spending time at the Parramatta Eels and Sydney Roosters.
After growing up in Tweed Heads, he said Melbourne’s lifestyle made up for any longing for the beach: “The city is so good in Melbourne, so it sort of makes up for it.”