John Hastings: ex-Australian, Melbourne Stars cricketer selling up

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John Hastings is appealing for buyers for his St Kilda apartment. Picture: Mark Evans

Former Australian cricketer John Hastings is hoping to bowl a buyer over with his apartment in a historic St Kilda building.

The Mornington Peninsula-based Hastings has a $380,000-$410,000 asking price for the one-bedroom pad near Junction Oval at 1/155 Fitzroy St, which he used as a Melbourne base during his cricket career.

The bowler — nicknamed The Duke in a nod to his full name, John Wayne Hastings — was named the Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year in 2010 and went on to play test, ODI and Twenty20 cricket for Australia.

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The apartment is inside St Kilda’s historic Waldorf building.

He also enjoyed a successful domestic career with Victoria, captained Big Bash side the Melbourne Stars and played for a couple of Indian Premier League clubs before a lung condition that caused him to cough up blood while running into bowl forced his retirement.

Hastings now runs popular Frankston South cafe Mr Frankie with wife Briannan, and fitness business Strong Rowformer Mornington.

“I really don’t want to sell (the property) — we love it,” the 34-year-old said.

“But we now have a really solid base on the peninsula (with a) cafe called Mr Frankie that is going well”.

Inside 1/155 Fitzroy St.

The kitchen has stone benches and Bosch appliances.

Gary Peer St Kilda director Jeremy Rosens said the apartment inside the historic Waldorf building had been handy during Hastings’ cricket career due to its “super location” walking distance from Junction Oval — a base for Cricket Victoria and Melbourne’s Big Bash teams.

“When his career ended, he found he wasn’t using it as much and had since rented it out,” Mr Rosens said.

The bedroom …

… and adjoining bathroom.

The apartment had most recently rented for $475 per week, which the agent labelled “a fabulous return”.

The property is also close to Albert Park Lake, the beach, and St Kilda’s cafes, bars, nightclubs and restaurants.

It features an open-plan living and dining area adjoining a stone kitchen with Bosch appliances, mirrored splashbacks and a European laundry.

The pad is scheduled for auction on February 29.

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