Ex-Wallaby to sell up as housing market booms


Former Wallabies and Reds star Saia Fainga’a is selling his newly-built home in Cannon Hill. Picture: Annette Dew

Former Wallabies star Saia Fainga’a is hoping by the time he arrives in Sydney to play rugby in the Macarthur 10s Rugby Tournament next month, that his Cannon Hill home will have new owners.

“We’ve been here for eight months now,” the rugby hooker, now commercial developer, said of his newly-built home in the Minnippi Parklands Estate at 15 Sawyer Court, Cannon Hill.

“We bought the block three years ago. We knew the developer so when this estate came up for sale, we were one of the first people to buy here.”

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Saia and Alicia Fainga’a only finished building the home last year. Picture: Annette Dew

At the time he was playing rugby in London, while wife Alicia and their children were living in Byron Bay.

“They’ve nearly finished the golf club down the road and if we hadn’t decided to sell it we were thinking of buying golf carts, that’s all you need to get around here. But we are in a buying and selling market, so as a family we need to grow and adapt and make money while it’s here. We think it’s a great opportunity to sell so why not.”

Mr Fainga’a project-managed the build with Lyndon Homes and the five-bedroom, four-bathroom home on a cul-de-sac on 825sq m will go to auction next weekend through Brandon Wortley of Ray White Bulimba.

“We’re still hoping to stay around this area and do a lot more developing, potentially even a move to the bayside,” he said.

Mr Fainga’a is now joint director of the Moonyah commercial property enterprise that employs a mainly indigenous workforce of 250.


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