James MacSmith
First published 19 Sep 2023, 5:00am
Winning! On and off the field.
As the Penrith Panthers strive for a historic NRL premiership threepeat, many of their superstars have turned their onfield victories into off field success via savvy real estate buys.
Superstars Nathan Cleary, Jarome Luai and Brian To’o are among the Panthers players who have put their hard earned into property in the local area.
Panthers star Nathan Cleary recently bought a home in the Penrith area from his father and coach Ivan. Picture: NRL Photos
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Coach Ivan Cleary has also put down roots in the local area, while the likes of bench player Luke Garner has looked further afield.
In 2018, in his third year with the Panthers, Nathan Cleary bought a $1.5m character home not far from BlueBet Stadium, Penrith’s home ground.
At $150,000 less than the asking price, it was a clever buy in what, at the time, was a soft market. The home would likely be worth at least 50 per cent more now than what Cleary paid, given prices rises in the area over the past five years.
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Inside Nathan Cleary’s long-term Penrith home.
The period home has been tastefully renovated.
Ice bath!
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The four-bedroom home had been updated since it traded previously for $628,000 in 2012. It has a revamped kitchen and bathroom, formal lounge with feature fireplace and a family room opening onto the raised alfresco overlooking the pool.
More recently in June this year, Cleary bought a gorgeous riverside home from a surprise seller – his father and his Penrith Panthers coach Ivan.
The Panthers celebrate another premiership win. Picture; Getty
The close bond between the father-son NRL premiership winning duo started a new chapter following the transfer of the 4-bedroom home on the Nepean River.
According to property records, the 892 sqm property traded hands via an internal family transfer for $1.7m. Ivan Cleary bought the Western Sydney home in 2013 for $1.175m during his first stint as Penrith coach, when Nathan was still in his teens.
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Nathan Cleary bought this home from his coach and father Ivan.
It sits close to the Nepean River.
Great indoor/outdoor flow.
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Ivan Cleary had spotted lending a hand during the Nepean floods of 2022, when Hawkesbury experienced its worst flooding conditions in 44 years with a water height of almost 14m.
The contemporary home sits in a relaxed, leafy setting with both indoor and outdoor entertaining areas, with floor to ceiling windows allowing in plenty of natural light.
The home is not far from where Nathan Cleary’s two-time premiership winning halves partner Luai, who has struggled with a shoulder injury in the lead-up to this weekend’s NRL preliminary final, bought his first home in June for around $1.5m.
Luai celebrates his new home buy in familiar style.
Inside Luai’s new home.
The stylish home sits on two levels.
Great buy for a first home.
Sitting on two levels, Luai’s new family home has five bedrooms.
The master bedroom, on the second level, has a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite.
Its rear alfresco terrace overlooks the 645sq m gardens.
It comes with several formal and informal living areas, plus multipurpose rooms which were marketed as being suitable for a gym, music room or library.
Panthers representative winger To’o Brian To’o recently bought his first home, with a difference.
The tackle-busting tyro bought the home for his parents, Fati and Fale in August last year on the fringes of Penrith for around $860,000.
Brian To’o and his parents Fati and Fale outside their new home.
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He secured a 2015-built home sold off market through the local Ray White agent Vedant Agrawal. It has three bedrooms and two bathrooms, on a 275 sqm block which traded for $419,500 in 2013, before its ­construction.
Meanwhile, Panthers backrower Luke Garner has scored an investment property on the Gold Coast, snapping up a renovated home in one of the city’s fastest growing markets without even setting foot inside.
The backrower, who joined the Panthers ahead of the 2023 season after five years with Wests Tigers, splashed $810,000 on the newly renovated Pimpama home after a long hunt for somewhere to park his earnings back in southeast Qld.
Luke Garner in action for the Panthers.
And his Gold Coast investment home.
He bought it sight unseen.
Garner, 27, was born in country NSW but attended Palm Beach-Currumbin State High School on the Gold Coast and played junior rugby league for the Bilambil Jets. Marketing agent Nathan Simon, of All Properties Group, said the player purchased the three-bedroom, two-bathroom home “sight unseen”, placing an offer five days after the property was listed online.
Mr Simon said Garner had spent between 6 and 9 months househunting when he called the agent on the night the Fountain St home went live on realestate.com.au.
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“He said, ‘this looks perfect’,” Mr Simon said.
“He bought this as a rental property after quite a lengthy search for the right property.”
Rental appraisal for the property was $740 a week.
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