It shows that the leader of the Labor Party knows a lot about the economy because he drives down "Albo Avenue." It's amazing how many homes Anthony Albanese has owned in the same street. Neighbors can't say enough good things about the man who could be PM.
Over the years, he has bought four properties on the quiet street in Sydney's inner-west. There isn't a single person in the neighborhood who doesn't like the smart property investor next door.
During the holidays, his next door neighbor says he even takes her trash out and buys her kids Christmas gifts every year.
Jane, a mother of two, said: "He's a great neighbor and he talks a lot." 'He looks great with the kids.' He always has time for them.
A lot of people on the street want him to move out now, but only if he moves into The Lodge as Australia's 31st Prime Minister.
Jon, a retired neighbor, said, "Fingers crossed." 'It would be impossible for him to stay here with all the security he needs to be PM, but we'd be sad to see him leave.'
58-year-old Albanese now owns a real estate portfolio worth about $5 million thanks to a few smart buys on a single street in his district.
He moved there soon after graduating from Sydney University in 1990 with a degree in economics. He bought a two-bedroom bungalow at the far end of the street.
His new job was to be Assistant General Secretary of the Labor Party in New South Wales, and he was just 26 years old at the time.
But even though the area was mostly made up of people who worked, it still had peaceful views of a golf course.
A few years after leaving his mother's council-owned home in Camperdown, he bought the house for $146,000. He sold it for $186,000.
That's not the case now, though. He was very different back then.
In the early 90s, Jamal lived next door to his first home and was a quiet and friendly young man. Jamal still lives there, but he lives a few doors down.
"It's been a long time," she said. "But he went to the high school every week and spoke to the students before he was an MP."
He married Carmel Tebbutt, a former deputy premier of New South Wales, and the couple bought their home on the same street in 1996 for $242,000, then sold it for about $400,000 and made a lot of money.
For a short time, they lived in Newtown. In 2006, they bought a house back on the street, where he still lives today with his son, Nathan, 19. It's not far from where he lives. His girlfriend Jordi Haydon lives there too.
The only thing that shows that the politician lives in the street are the Australian Federal Police officers who quietly stand by the three-bedroom, two-bathroom house, which is on a lot of 519 square meters and has a lot of space for it.
Mr. Tebbutt and Mr. Tebbutt bought the 1920s house for $997,500 together. They broke up on New Year's Day 2019.
It looks like a simple house from the outside, but it has a high-quality renovation inside and a beautiful pool that looks like it was built for a vacation. It's now worth about $2.5 million.
As an investment, he and Ms. Tebbutt also bought a three-bedroom family home down the road in 2012. The value of this home has doubled since then.
Another neighbor, Michael, has lived next to the house for three generations and watched as the couple did an estimated $200,000 makeover.
But he said that because it was close to the golf course, it cost a lot.
'It kept getting hit by golf balls,' he said. They did a good job, though. There were some big changes made to the house. They added a deck and built out the back.
'It's a beautiful, quiet street in a great place.'
The couple paid $1.15 million for the 301 square meters investment property and sold it for $2.35 million last year.
This isn't the only property Mr Albanese owns. He also owns an apartment in Canberra worth an estimated $600,000, and a townhouse in Dulwich Hill worth $1.175 million.
But he's still very much a man of the people, say his neighbors, and he's always there for the Christmas drinks parties on the street.
'Now that I know him, I get hurt when people say bad things about him,' said Jane.
Kate, an artist who lives near him, often talks to him when he isn't running for office or going to Canberra.
In her words: "He's really nice and walks around the streets with his dog."
Because he doesn't have a Mosman dog, he also has a real mixed breed dog.
A few more words from her: 'I think this street is a great place to live. It has a very easy-going bush country feel to it even though it's so close to the city.
A lot of families have lived there for a long time, but there are also a lot of great new people moving in.
When he bought, things would have been very different. I don't know why he bought back then.
Even though it would have been more affordable if there was more space, now it's very lively and creative.
No, I don't think he did anything wrong.