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Elwood: Former Australian Test cricketer James Pattinson selling Elwood home in pursuit of building career – realestate.com.au

Cricket star James Pattinson and wife Kayla are selling their Elwood wicket.


Former Australian Test paceman James Pattinson is selling his Elwood wicket with his wife, Kayla, as they both jump into new home building careers.

The fast bowler made his Test debut in late 2011 against New Zealand, taking five wickets in his second innings.

He appeared sporadically for the national side until 2020, including an Ashes appearance in 2019.

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He also played a handful of One Day Internationals, but back injuries curtailed his career.

“Leading into pre-season I really wanted to give the Ashes a crack but in the end I haven’t had the preparation I would have liked heading into the coming season,” Pattinson lamented in his retirement speech.

“If I was to be part of the Ashes I would need to do myself and my teammates justice. I didn’t want to be in a position of battling with my body when you need to be 100 per cent fit and ready to go at any time.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 06: James Pattinson of Australia celebrates after taking a catch to Todd Astle of New Zealand dismiss off the bowling of Nathan Lyon of Australia during day four of the Third Test Match in the series between Australia and New Zealand at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 06, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

James Pattinson of Australia celebrates after taking a catch to Todd Astle of New Zealand dismiss off the bowling of Nathan Lyon of Australia during day four of the Third Test Match in the series between Australia and New Zealand at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 06, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)


“That would not be fair to myself or the team.”

Since retiring from cricket he has completed a building apprenticeship and was closely involved with the renovation of his family home.

The couple have listed their four-bedroom residence at 65 Ruskin St with a $2.9m-$3.15m price tag, as they plan a move to a bigger property currently under construction.

The Edwardian home’s facade and main bedroom at the front.


… and the outdoor entertaining area and back yard.


Property records show the couple purchased their Elwood home for $1.762m in October 2019.

They started a renovation and extension in June 2021.

Pattinson said the pair had worked to maintain the Edwardian home’s character, showcasing red bricks throughout, while adding a modern twist.

He added that he loved the big sliding doors at the rear, and that the house was deceivingly spacious behind its modest facade.

“It has been a really nice family home, it’s got everything; it’s sad to see it go but we’re in the game of building and moving into places now so, you can’t keep them all,” he said.

Building has become a passion for Pattinson, and with his wife completing her architectural design course they will be working together.

“I think just being involved in all the intricate details (of a home), it is good to be able to be there and it’s quite rewarding for me; it’s good to get your hands dirty,” he said.

The kitchen is fitted with black Fisher & Paykel appliances with an adjoining butler’s pantry and bar.


The self-contained studio about the double garage with an ensuite and kitchen.


The home’s open-plan living and dining spaces feature a fireplace and built-in banquette under a blackbutt timber ceiling.

The kitchen is fitted with black Fisher & Paykel appliances, integrated dishwasher drawers, a fridge and stone surfaces.

It also has a study nook, butler’s pantry and bar area.

Buxton Bentleigh director Chris Hassall said the quality of the home’s renovation had stood out to him from the moment he walked through.

“I could tell that they didn’t just renovate the home to sell it, they did it for themselves; they pumped a lot of money, time and thought into the build,” Mr Hassall said.

“You’ve got the comfort of knowing that they did it properly.”

He added that the rear garage also included a studio which featured a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen separate from the main house.


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