In Focus

My Neighbourhood with David Sanguinedo

Teleisha Thomas

Teleisha Thomas

November 2023
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We are delighted to welcome leading Fitzroy agent, David Sanguinedo to the Jellis Craig Inner North team. David’s track record spans a diverse range of properties, from apartments and conversions to terraces and family homes within the Inner North marketplace. 

We sat down with David to discuss working in Fitzroy and to learn more about the area's vibrant lifestyle.

What do you love most about working in Fitzroy?

I love the experience of walking the streets of Fitzroy, engaging in conversations with the locals, and immersing myself in the diverse culture and unique backgrounds of the community. The inspiring stories that I come across during these interactions fuel my passion for the area, constantly reminding me of the richness and depth that this vibrant suburb has to offer. Fitzroy's lively atmosphere and strong community spirit create a truly special place where I find continuous inspiration and a fulfilling work-life balance.

You had a unique career change. Tell us about your time in New York City as a paramedic, and how that has shaped your career today.

I loved working as a medic. It was rewarding and exciting all at the same time. New York City is a special place. Each shift brought a unique set of circumstances, from delivering a baby in a stairwell to managing complex trauma cases. I have encountered various medical emergencies each demanding quick thinking and precise action. Transporting critically ill patients, ensuring their stability en route to specialised facilities like burn centers required a delicate balance of expertise and empathy.

Throughout my time in this demanding role, I learned the value of not just professional competence, but the significance of providing a personal touch. Building rapport and establishing trust with the individuals, as well as their families, became a crucial aspect of my approach. Even in the most challenging situations ensuring that they felt comforted and safe was paramount. It was about understanding their needs and fears, and being their support system in those critical moments.

My experience as a paramedic has profoundly shaped my understanding of human resilience and the importance of compassionate care. It has instilled in me a deep-seated love for helping people and a profound appreciation for the intricacies of human nature.

This background has driven me to carry forward the same level of empathy and adaptability in my current career, emphasising the human connection and the significance of personalised support in any professional capacity.

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Tell us about your ambition for joining Jellis Craig and your plans for the future. 

I was drawn to Jellis Craig by the great potential I saw. Knowing a couple of the agents personally, I was impressed by their professionalism and how well we got along. Witnessing the current trajectory of the Jellis Inner North hub and where they stand in their careers, I couldn't help but reflect on the growth of other successful agencies over the years.

I believe Jellis Craig is at a pivotal point in its growth within Fitzroy, and I aspire to contribute to that growth. The idea of fostering a positive, creative environment and being in sync with my peers resonates with me deeply. I aim to leverage my relationships and market insights to help drive Jellis Craig's success in the region and ensure we collectively achieve our goals.

How has the Fitzroy property market changed over recent years?

The Fitzroy property market has undergone notable changes in recent years, reflecting the unique character and vibrancy of the area. With a rich history that continues to draw in academics, creatives, professionals and art enthusiasts, Fitzroy has cultivated a diverse and dynamic community. This blend of individuals contributes to a vibrant atmosphere with a thriving culinary scene, wine bars, art clubs, and galleries, making Fitzroy a truly special place.

In terms of the property market, Fitzroy has demonstrated resilience even in the face of economic challenges, maintaining a certain level of stability and buoyancy. While there have been periods of contraction, the market has shown a tendency to perform well, particularly during phases of economic prosperity and growth. The unique blend of commercial and residential properties in Fitzroy, coupled with its cultural richness has continued to attract a steady flow of interest from potential buyers and investors alike.

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Do you have a favourite sold property? What made that so memorable?

That’s hard to answer they are all unique in their own way, but if I had to choose I'd say: 122 Nicholson Street, Fitzroy built and lived in by the architect of St Patricks Cathedral and possibly one of Melbourne’s most ornate and stunning facades.

What do you love most about working in real estate and what inspired you to pursue this career?

What I find most captivating about working in real estate is being intricately involved in the various stages of the property cycle. Guiding individuals in finding their dream homes and assisting them in securing these properties is a deeply fulfilling aspect of my work.

Every buyer and vendor has a different journey and I make it a point to stay connected with clients, taking a genuine interest in their lives and their stories.

Observing the dynamic nature of the property market is particularly gratifying, as I witness firsthand the evolving needs and aspirations of my clients. For instance, I've had the privilege of assisting young couples in purchasing their first home only to see them expand their family and a move towards upsizing within a year. I've also been part of the journey for those looking to downsize who may be seeking a change after experiencing life's milestones and transitions.

A close friend and mentor inspired me greatly with his exceptional people skills and the profound impact he left on his clients, motivating me to strive for the same level of excellence in my interactions. Upon his suggestion, I ventured into the real estate field during the process of transferring my license to Australia and since then I have never looked back.

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Tell us about ‘home’.

Our home life is nothing short of lively and adventurous. We have a 6-year-old boy, who we call the T-Rex of the family and we have an imaginative and creative 10-year-old daughter, who constantly surprises us with her unique perspective on life and and lastly a wolf (dog) who we joke is our favourite child. My wife is an artist and an absolute rock star of a partner, providing unwavering support and love in life and my business and she keeps our family thriving.

Your kids are 6 and 10 years old, what makes the neighbourhood so great for families?

My son and daughter are both active and creative, they love Fitzroy Gardens and going to the museum.

Can you share a book or podcast recommendation? 

Killing for Country by David Marr, an important book every Australian should read.

Can you share a quote from someone you aspire to?

Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.

- Babe Ruth


If you had a friend visiting from interstate, where would you take them?

FOR COFFEE | Sila Café on Brunswick Street, an unchanged venue since the 70s and a great local spot.

FOR AN ACTIVITY | Rose St Markets.

FOR LUNCH | Marios (If you know, you know).

FOR DINNER | Cutler & Co.

FOR A DRINK | The Everleigh on Gertrude Street (speakeasy vibe and great cocktails).

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This 1850s Victorian cottage in Fitzroy, Australia has been expertly renovated by architects Robert Nichol & Sons to create a visually striking and opulent home.

39-41 Oxford Street, Collingwood is for sale with Jellis Craig Fitzroy. Contact David Sanguinedo for more information.

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