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Melbourne Covid: Exodus of celebrities from city after months of lockdown

Melbourne’s A-list audiences are fleeing the Victorian c -ital after a brutal year in which the city was locked for months.

Hamish and Zoë Foster Blake were the first big names to lead the so-called “Covid Exodus”, followed by former soccer star Luke Hodge.

Now Lleyton and Bec Hewitt are set to follow suit after they launched their palatial Toorak mansion.

And since Rebecca and Chris Judd’s neighbors recently offered their house at a mind-boggling price, rumors have risen that the AFL power couple may not be far behind.

At the top: Hamish Blake and Zoë Foster Blake (pictured) and AFL star Luke Hodge have already left Melbourne, Lleyton and Bec Hewitt are set to follow suit

Earlier this year, Hamish and Zoë increased their sizable fortunes by selling their Melbourne home “for a record price,” according to realestate.com.au.

The Richmond property raised a whopping $ 7.435 million.

The suburb’s previous record was a five-bedroom home, which sold for $ 5.3 million in 2018.

The former Melburnians, who have since moved to the eastern suburbs of Sydney, seem to have little regret about leaving their long-term home.

Boosting the Fund: Earlier this year Hamish and Zoë increased their sizable fortunes by selling their Melbourne home

Boosting the Fund: Earlier this year, Hamish and Zoë increased their sizable fortunes by selling their Melbourne home “for a record price,” according to realestate.com.au

“Melbourne has great people; Sydney has great people. Melbourne has great food; Sydney has great food. But I think Sydney has to have it for geogr -hy, ”Hamish said.

The comedian added, “There’s no other city in the world like it when it comes to the beaches and port that will become part of your day there.”

The couple recently spent nearly $ 9 million on a Vaucluse villa.

Stunning: Bec and Lleyton Hewitt sell their $ 16 million Toorak mansion amid rumors they are moving to Sydney

Stunning: Bec and Lleyton Hewitt sell their $ 16 million Toorak mansion amid rumors they are moving to Sydney

Bec and Lleyton Hewitt launched their “premier” French-inspired Toorak mansion last month for $ 16 million.

The former professional tennis player and home and away actress bought the house in 2016 for $ 12.7 million.

Rumor has it they are considering moving to Sydney after Bec inspected a house in Manly between rehearsals for Dancing with the Stars last year.

Moving: Rumor has it the Hewitts are considering moving to Sydney after Bec inspected a house in Manly between rehearsals for Dancing with the Stars last year

Moving: Rumor has it the Hewitts are considering moving to Sydney after Bec inspected a house in Manly between rehearsals for Dancing with the Stars last year

AFL superstar Luke Hodge secured a premium price for his family home in Glen Iris before it even went up for auction.

The 37-year-old Hawthorn grandfather has raised an estimated more than $ 3.38 million for the two-story home, realestate.com.au reports.

Luke and his family sold the house after moving permanently to Queensland after his last two seasons with the Brisbane Lions.

The Footy player, who bought the estate for $ 1.46 million in 2009, initially hoped to sell between $ 2.9 million and $ 3.1 million.

Result: Former AFL superstar Luke Hodge raised well over $ 3 million for his stunning Glen Iris family home

Result: Former AFL superstar Luke Hodge raised well over $ 3 million for his stunning Glen Iris family home

Relocation: The Hawthorn Great (left, with wife Lauren Kirkman) sold the house after moving to Queensland for good after his final two seasons with the Brisbane Lions

Relocation: The Hawthorn Great (left, with wife Lauren Kirkman) sold the house after moving to Queensland for good after his final two seasons with the Brisbane Lions

Football legend Shane Crawford and partner Olivia Anderson sold their Brighton mansion this year after the family moved to north New South Wales.

The four-bedroom Victorian property, which the couple completely renovated after purchasing it for $ 3.05 million in 2009, hit the market in September with a price leader of $ 9 million to $ 9.9 million.

Fredman Property Group owner Joel Fredman did not want to confirm the sale price, but industry sources told realestate.com.au that it was “close to $ 9 million”.

High-end buyers lined up to tour the house, Fredman previously said, but it was a family with three children who eventually bought it.

Upheaval: Footy legend Shane Crawford and partner Olivia Anderson sold their Brighton mansion for about $ 9 million after the family moved to northern New South Wales.  The couple is pictured with their sons Charlie, Ben and identical twins Jack and Harry

Upheaval: Footy legend Shane Crawford and partner Olivia Anderson sold their Brighton mansion for about $ 9 million after the family moved to northern New South Wales. The couple is pictured with their sons Charlie, Ben and identical twins Jack and Harry

Impressive: High-end buyers are supposed to

Impressive: High-end buyers are supposed to “line up” to tour the AFL star’s former home, but it was a family with three children who eventually bought it. The property, known as “Ellesmere”, built in 1887, has a 20 m swimming pool (pictured), a tennis court, a fitness room and a steam room

Go next?  House-proud Bec and Chris Judd (pictured) often share pictures of their Spanish colonial villa on social media after buying it for $ 7.3 million in March 2018

Go next? House-proud Bec and Chris Judd (pictured) often share pictures of their Spanish colonial villa on social media after buying it for $ 7.3 million in March 2018

House-proud Bec and Chris Judd often share pictures of their Spanish colonial villa on social media after buying it for $ 7.3 million in March 2018.

The spacious house has its own fitness room and a magnesium salt pool as well as a tennis court that can be converted into a football oval or cricket field.

There is also a snooker table and a well-stocked bar.

Stunning: The mother of four, 38, recently gave her Instagram followers a tour of her backyard while showing off her blooming wisteria vines

Stunning: The mother of four, 38, recently gave her Instagram followers a tour of her backyard while showing off her blooming wisteria vines

Swim through lockdown: Bec recently said her family used their magnesium salt pool a lot during the Covid lockdown

Swim through lockdown: Bec recently said her family used their magnesium salt pool a lot during the Covid lockdown

Bec and Chris might be tempted to pack their things and leave the area after one of their neighbors put their house up for sale at a very lucrative price.

It might give the high profile couple an idea of ​​what they can earn by selling their own villa.

Her neighbor’s five-bedroom home in the upscale suburb went up for sale at a staggering price of $ 14 million to $ 15.4 million.

Real estate agent Angie Swindon said of the house, “It’s Golden Mile, it’s probably 200 meters from the beach. It’s a fantastic location, one of the best streets in Brighton. ‘

Raise the Bar: Bec and Chris might be tempted to pick up and leave the area after one of their neighbors put their home up for sale with a price guide of $ 14 million to $ 15.4 million

Raise the Bar: Bec and Chris might be tempted to pick up and leave the area after one of their neighbors put their home up for sale with a price guide of $ 14 million to $ 15.4 million

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