Ernie Caroll, puppeteer behind Ossie Ostrich, sells waterfront house



The man behind Ossie Ostrich on the hit TV show Hey hey it’s saturday sold his beachfront home on the Mornington Peninsula.

Comic book author and puppeteer Ernie Caroll, 91, and his partner Miffy Marsh put their four-bedroom house on the market late last month with a price guide of $ 3.9 to $ 4.2 million. dollars, with plans to downsize their homes for more than three decades.

The Mount Eliza property had been listed with an expression of interest campaign – which was due to end on Monday, November 16 – but it was scrapped in favor of a private auction due to strong buyer demand.

6 Osprey Avenue, Mount Eliza VIC 3930

Sales agent James Tostevin, manager of Marshall White Mornington Peninsula, declined to comment on the sale price, but confirmed the house was sold at a private auction to a Melbourne buyer, who is considering using it as a home vacation.

Four buyers have registered to bid on the clifftop property, which went under the hammer late last week, with three of them actively bidding on the 1,026 square meter block. Mr Tostevin said the two sub-bidders are looking to make the property their permanent home.

He added that the two-story house, which offers panoramic views of Port Phillip Bay, has attracted interest from a mix of local and Melbourne buyers.

“There’s just this fascination with clifftop properties; people love anything that has the beach below, whether it’s Mount Eliza or anywhere in the world, ”he said.

The Mornington Peninsula market had been very strong in recent months, Tostevin said, with incredible interest from Melburnians looking to relocate due to the coronavirus pandemic, lockdowns and the rise of work in distance.

“There was incredible interest. There has been some talk in the media about how many people are moving to the Mornington Peninsula and it’s not just about talking – there are a lot of people doing it right now, ”he said. he declares.

If you don’t recognize the face, you might know Ernie as a Mohawk ostrich, with pink feathers and wide-eyed eyes. Photo: Fairfax Media

Carroll and his partner bought the property for $ 740,000 in 1988 at the height of Hey hey it’s saturday popularity.

The property has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a double garage, and off-street parking, and is minutes from popular beaches, Mt Eliza Village shopping and dining, parks, reserves and trails pedestrian.

The house has floor-to-ceiling windows to enjoy the ocean views and the upper level features a generous master bedroom with walk-in closet and an en-suite bathroom with spa bath, as well as an open-plan living and dining area with a gourmet kitchen.

On the lower level there is a second family living room, utility room, family bathroom and three bedrooms.

Both levels open to the outdoors, with a veranda and terrace perfect for outdoor entertaining. It also has a solar heated salt pool, an internal elevator and a large fern with overhead sprinklers and a water feature.

Daryl Somers and Ossie Ostrich on Hey Hey It's Saturday. To smh the guide (NO LEGEND INFORMATION PROVIDED)
Daryl Somers and Ossie Ostrich in Hey Hey It’s Saturday. Photo: Supplied

Ossie Ostrich was Daryl’s puppeteer on the iconic variety show, one of the oldest of its kind in Australia, which debuted in 1971.

The show, which featured a range of segments including Plucka Duck, Cook Lotto, Molly’s Melodrama and The Nixon Tapes, ended in 1999.

The show also made international headlines during its 10-year reunion episode for airing a racist skit titled The Jackson Jive, in which six performers dressed in blackface outfits.

with Tawar Razaghi



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