Former NRL star’s home snapped up | Innovation Tech

COMPLETE with a football field, slide and pool, the western of rugby league pandit and ex-player Mark ‘Piggy' Riddell now has new owners.

Riddell listed his sprawling Silverdale property for sale in May ahead of the family's shock sea change.

While the home at 8 Cristina Pl initially sold for an undisclosed price, the latest CoreLogic records reveal it was snapped up for a whopping $1.7 million — well above the suburb's median house price of $1.015 million.

Riddell, a former NRL star who played for the St George Dragons, Parramatta Eels and Sydney Roosters and retired in 2011, bought the 4039 sqm block of land three years ago for $565,000.

According to CoreLogic, a development permit was approved in May 2016 for the single-storey house which now stands on the expansive parcel.

A GJ Gardiner home, it has five bedrooms, three bathrooms, a covered outdoor space, pool area and plenty of lawn space, incorporating a footy paddock Riddell made for some family fun.

Part of the 2GB Continuous Call Team, Riddell now faces a 90-minute commute from Shellhabour to the station's Pyrmont HQ.

The father of three previously told the Daily Telegraph his family had always wanted to live near the water.

“We absolutely love our house we are selling, but just wanted that sea change and to stay out of Sydney,” Riddell said at the time.

“We felt if we didn't do it now we never would, so we said ‘Bugger it, let's do it.”

In April, he took to Instagram to announce the family was set to relocate by posting a picture of a beachside property.

“And just like that the Riddell gang will be moving again! Onto our next project,” the post read.

“The kids are all excited as we are for our move in the coming months down south! The spot is just perfect.”


Just a few weeks later, Riddell posted pictures of their newly listed Silverdale home.

Near Warragamba, Silverdale is a tightly-held area, with only 46 property sales in the 12 months to April. Residents stay there for 13.3 years, on average.

— with additional reporting by Jonathan Chancellor

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