Bidding was brisk for the auction sale of a house off Patterson Avenue in Henrico County that will benefit the Richmond SPCA.
A young couple placed the highest and winning bid — $302,500 — for a 2,425-square-foot brick house in the Sunset Hill neighborhood. A 10 percent buyer’s premium will be added for a total $332,750 price tag. The house — a fixer upper — is assessed by the county for $380,600.
In all, 19 people bid at the Wednesday afternoon auction. More than 50 people attended.
“We’re still coming off cloud nine,” the buyer, Marc Antonelli, said a few hours after the auction. He and his wife, Britni, plan to renovate the house and live there.
The couple and their toddler have outgrown their bungalow house in Richmond, he said. The Antonellis have been looking for another house for a couple months.
At 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, they walked through this house with their contractor, Jordan Hutchins with Spruce Construction, and bought it at 2 p.m. “We’re very happy with the house overall. It has good flooring; it’s in good condition. It’s an older house that needs fixing up.”
Renovations, already in planning, include expanding the kitchen and family room.
“We are absolutely delighted with the result of the auction,” said Robin Starr, CEO of the local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. “We will use the funds from this house sale to save the lives of more homeless animals from government shelters all across Virginia.”
The nonprofit, in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, took in homeless animals from 58 shelters across Virginia where their lives were at risk, Starr said. “More than 3,000 of those animals were sick or injured when they arrived into our care.”
The organization saved the lives of 99 percent of those animals by providing critical veterinary care and rehabilitation, she said.
This house was the third left to the Richmond SPCA in an estate in the past 10 years. It was gifted by the estate of Alice Virginia Thorpe, who had lived there with her twin sister. She died in 2016 at age 92.
Alice Caroline Thorpe died a year earlier.
The sisters had adopted a blond cockapoo that they adored, now deceased, from the Richmond SPCA, Starr said.
“We put wonderful and generous bequests such as this one from the Thorpes into providing the essential care that returns these precious pets to health and then we get them adopted to lasting and loving homes,” Starr said.
“As a no-kill and completely private, nonprofit humane society, we absolutely depend on gifts such as this wonderful and generous one from the Thorpe sisters to save the lives of homeless Virginia pets who need us desperately.”
The starting bid for the house at 1112 E. Durwood Crescent, just outside the Richmond city limits and close to the intersection of Three Chopt and Horsepen roads, was $130,000. The auction was held onsite.
“There were lots of lookers, beautiful weather and a big crowd in the yard,” said Linda Terry with Tranzon Fox, the auction company for the sale.