28 September 2020

Canberra Raider Josh Papali puts his first family home up for auction

| Sharon Kelley
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Canberra Raider Josh Papali's home is on the market.

Canberra Raider Josh Papali’s home is on the market. Photos: Supplied.

Canberra Raider Josh Papali has put his home on the market, with an auction date of October 3, 2020. The three-bedroom, two-bathroom home at 7 Bunima Crescent in Ngunnawal has a guide price of $550,000+ and is full of sporting memories for the Raider’s prop.

While living at the home, Papali played his 100th NRL game and his 150th. He represented Australia five times, played in the World Cup for Samoa, and received the Mal Meninga Medal for the Canberra Raiders Best Player three times. He has played 213 games for the Raiders, and represented Queensland at the State of Origin level 15 times.

With all those sporting achievements attained, he still maintains his best memory in the home is the arrival of his children.

“My best memory by far in the house is having the kids,” he said, “this was our first family home in Canberra, me my wife and my oldest daughter, and it was just the three of us until 2017 when we had our youngest boy.”

Josh and his family have lived in the home since 2016, when his sporting career really took off. When he bought the home in 2016, he said, it suited him and his wife and daughter.

“That house was just one of those that suited me and my wife and first child at the time, it was a lot easier with the school just down the road and it took some pressure off me to play some good footy,” he said.

“My best sporting achievements while I was in this home were playing for Australia, playing State of Origin, and winning the Mel Meninga medal,” said Mr Papali.

The home is a modern, open plan style, with three bedrooms, an ensuite in the master bedroom, and a family bathroom.

The home has an open plan kitchen/dining/family room, and an entertainer’s deck for alfresco dining. The kitchen is nicely appointed, and the entire home is light and cheerful, with tiled flooring, plantation shutters in the master bedroom, and a great connection through floor to ceiling glass doors onto the alfresco dining area. The kitchen has stone benchtops, a ceramic glass cooktop and Fisher and Paykel appliances.

It is a perfect home for a young family, like Josh Papali’s, to make a first home together.

The home has a family bathroom with a separate toilet, a separate laundry and a generous backyard, and has Toshiba super digital ducted heating and cooling. It is connected to the NBN and Foxtel, has off-street parking and an electric garage door, and features a Colourbond skillion roof.

The home is ideal for a young family, located near Ngunnawal Primary School, and The Marketplace.

“it’s an honour to sell the home of a Canberra Raider legend,” said Jonny Warren from White Rhino Property, “the house is going to suit all types of first home buyers or downsizers, it’s very private for a home in Gungahlin, with high fence lines.”

“Josh and his family struggled to find a home and had been looking for their next family home for a long time. They’ve found a great place, which I sold him, and I helped them out because they’re a beautiful family,” said Mr Warren.

“it’s amazing to be able to be a part of his home buying journey, and he’s now moved out of Ngunnawal and into his new family home.”

You can view this home online. For further information or to arrange a private inspection, contact White Rhino Sales Agent Jonny Warren on 0431 797 891.

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