Former AFL player Jamie Charman with his wife Nicky and their children, Lenny, 3, and Joe, 18 months, at the New Farm house they are selling at auction. Picture: Tara Croser.
Former AFL player Jamie Charman with his wife Nicky and their children, Lenny, 3, and Joe, 18 months, at the New Farm house they are selling at auction. Picture: Tara Croser.

Meet the footy star who now tackles property flips

HE'S gone from being one of the toughest tacklers in the AFL to tackling house flips on an epic scale.

These days, Jamie Charman sells houses for Ray White in Brisbane's affluent inner north, but in his spare time, the former Brisbane Lions player designs and renovates his own.

The 36-year-old is about to flip his ninth property - an amazing home in New Farm, which will go under the hammer in a few days.

He and wife Nicky, who owns designer fashion boutique, Calexico, spent a year renovating the jawdropping property at 21 Hawthorne Street.

"I've always had a passion for real estate," Mr Charman said.

"I've mainly renovated old Queenslanders, so this one's probably more modernised than what I'm used to doing."

With the help of his mates at Happy Haus and Living 4 Landscapes, Mr Charman came up with the design for the house.

"I worked with them pretty closely to come up with the idea and put it into play," he said.

"It was just a matter of finding an old Queenslander in New Farm because I love the area.

"The whole place is pretty much brand new."

This property at 21 Hawthorne St, New Farm, goes to auction on Thursday, December 6.
This property at 21 Hawthorne St, New Farm, goes to auction on Thursday, December 6.

The Charmans bought the property in December 2016 for $1.15 million when it was just a rundown worker's cottage, and have transformed it into a four-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom architectural masterpiece.

The property, which is open for inspection today, goes to auction on Thursday, December 6, at 6pm, which means the new owner could be in just in time for Christmas.

The view from the outdoor entertaining area.
The view from the outdoor entertaining area.

"It just kind of happened that way," Nicky Charman said.

"It's perfect for someone relocating from Melbourne or Sydney who is starting afresh and wanting to get in before Christmas."

Mrs Charman said the couple had originally bought and renovated the home with the aim of it becoming their forever home.

What was once a rundown worker’s cottage has been transformed.
What was once a rundown worker’s cottage has been transformed.

"Everything in the house was based on our family, but I suppose towards the end we just thought we'd prefer to live where we," she said.

The Charmans have lived in their current home in Teneriffe for the past six years.

"All the finishings and quality of everything is second-to-none," Mrs Charman said.

"Every time I walk in, I think; 'Why are we not moving in here? But with two small children, it's probably more valuable to someone as a brand new home."

The Charmans do a lot of entertaining so a good outdoor space was important.
The Charmans do a lot of entertaining so a good outdoor space was important.

The home's features include a large outdoor entertaining area with Travertine tiles, a pool, professionally landscaped gardens, a built-in barbecue, two separate large living spaces, American Oak flooring, a gourmet kitchen with Miele appliances and a butler's pantry, and a 200-bottle wine cellar.

The house comes with a 200-bottle wine cellar.
The house comes with a 200-bottle wine cellar.

But despite what many people might think, Mrs Charman said it was her husband who had the creative eye.

"This is his forte," she said.

"Most people think because I'm in fashion, I'm the creative one, but I can't take credit for that.

"Jamie's the one that's got the real eye for the space, and the colours, and all that.

"I'll stick to frocks and Jamie can stick to houses."

The kitchen in the home at 21 Hawthorne St, New Farm.
The kitchen in the home at 21 Hawthorne St, New Farm.

Mr Charman first started dabbling in property flipping when he just 23 and playing for the Brisbane Lions.

"The first house I ever did was at 15 Princess St, Camp Hill," he said.

"I used to do a project every year to year-and-a-half while playing footy."

The house at 15 Princess St, Camp Hill, before it was renovated by Jamie Charman. Picture: CoreLogic.
The house at 15 Princess St, Camp Hill, before it was renovated by Jamie Charman. Picture: CoreLogic.

His other projects include renovating a house at 31 Kingfisher Lane, East Brisbane, building two homes on a double block in Dorames St, Hendra, and a development at 370 Flinders Pde, Brighton.

The house at 31 Kingfisher Lane, East Brisbane, that Jamie Charman renovated.
The house at 31 Kingfisher Lane, East Brisbane, that Jamie Charman renovated.

But his favourite would have to be his own home - a two-storey Queenslander in Teneriffe, where he and Nicky were married and had their two children, Lenny, 3, and Joe, 18 months.

"We'll get through the auction of this and then probably look at our next project," Mr Charman said.

"We'll look to do bigger and better things."

The Teneriffe house Jamie Charman currently lives in, before it was renovated.
The Teneriffe house Jamie Charman currently lives in, before it was renovated.

JAMIE CHARMAN'S TIPS FOR BEING A PROPERTY FLIPPING PRO

 

1. Know what you're getting in to

"If you're buying a renovator, you've got to know what you're in for," Mr Charman said.

"You've got so many hidden challenges with a Queenslander that don't even get picked up in a building and pest inspection, so you need someone with experience to help show you through - someone who has renovated Queenslanders before.

 

2. Buy the worst house in the best street

"Buying property in good areas, in good streets, only helps your resale value after you renovate."

 

3. Prepare to go over budget

"At all times, be prepared to spend more than you think you're going to, because that's always the case!"

 

4. Keep style consistent

"I think you've either got to go all new or do the whole thing in keeping with the character of the home," Mr Charman said.

"Pick your style and keep it throughout the whole house.

"One thing I've noticed with selling is that people don't like to chop and change the style."

 

5. Go in with a plan

"Whether you use a draftsperson or architect, make sure you get plans drawn up," he said.

"Don't just add bits and pieces for the sake of it."

The house at 370 Flinder Pde, Brighton, before it was renovated by Jamie Charman.
The house at 370 Flinder Pde, Brighton, before it was renovated by Jamie Charman.
The house at 15 Princess St, Camp Hill, after it was renovated by Jamie Charman. Picture: CoreLogic.
The house at 15 Princess St, Camp Hill, after it was renovated by Jamie Charman. Picture: CoreLogic.
Inside the home Jamie Charman lives in. Picture: Lyndon Mechielsen.
Inside the home Jamie Charman lives in. Picture: Lyndon Mechielsen.
Jamie Charman and his wife Nicky at the home they currently live in. Picture: Lyndon Mechielsen.
Jamie Charman and his wife Nicky at the home they currently live in. Picture: Lyndon Mechielsen.
The house at 370 Flinder Pde, Brighton, after it was renovated by Jamie Charman.
The house at 370 Flinder Pde, Brighton, after it was renovated by Jamie Charman.

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