THE founder of one of Australia’s largest privately-owned communications companies is headed for a multi-million dollar Mornington Peninsula treechange.
Bastion Collective boss and ex-AFL listed player Fergus Watts has secured a sprawling 6ha property at 484 Mornington-Tyabb Rd, Moorooduc, for $2.15 million.
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Watts started the marketing agency after finishing his footy career, which included time at Adelaide and St Kilda after being drafted at pick No. 14 in the 2003 national draft.
He has proved a success in the professional sphere since then, and Bastion Collective has grown to employee more than 150 people across the UK, Australia and USA over the past seven years.
“We love the area,” Watts said of his new neighbourhood. “The ability to have more space than you can get in Melbourne makes a big difference to our lives.”
The property features a renovated and extended five-bedroom Federation weatherboard home, which was reclaimed from Geelong and restored at the new semirural location.
Wrapped by a veranda and surrounded by stretching fields and gardens, the house is a country retreat about 40 minutes’ drive from the agency’s Richmond office.
The grounds include a workshop, two large paddocks, a holding yard, stables, two dams and 45,000 litres of water storage.
“We have some initial ideas of the way we want live and enjoy the property. Once we start living there we will figure out what we want to do first,” Watts said.
He and his fiancee have lived in London for the past 12 months and were based in St Kilda prior to that, where his AFL career drew to a close.
“We own an apartment in St Kilda that I’ll be putting on the market in February,” Watts said.
The Moorooduc property was sold by Jake Egan from Bowman and Company.