Paul McDonald is simply doing real estate the way it should be done. With more than 26 years in the industry he successfully combines the traditional values of the local property market with a modern approach.
Valuing quality service above all else, Paul understands that taking the time to not only get to know each client, but to comprehensively explain every step along the way, guarantees both trust and enduring connections.
Co-founder of McDonald Upton Real Estate and with a talent for hiring the right people, Paul believes that possessing the inherent qualities of empathy, energy, and drive, can often count for more than experience. He is a generous mentor whose extensive experience and authentic approach has ensured the career success of many.
Paul is a highly respected industry leader, with a well established reputation for quietly effective negotiation and an undiminished enthusiasm for the area. Armed with considerable local knowledge and with personal ties to the Essendon Football Club, Doutta Stars Cricket Club and the Essendon Food and Wine Society, Paul is a committed member of the community.
100% hands on and committed to the business, Paul is nevertheless aware of the importance of downtime to re-energise. When not enjoying time walking his two much loved dogs, Buster and Boony, Paul, merely adding to his arsenal of sporting prowesses, tackles the fairways with accomplishment.
Contact Paul McDonald
0419 300 603
2B Bridge Street
Knowing and dealing with Paul for over 30 years has been highly educational and professional. He and his team are excellent in their professions allowing a vendor to value and feel achievement in real estate!
Thank you, Paul and team members.
- Brett in Essendon
7 Kilmartin Street
Paul's knowledge of the local market was key in bringing the sale to a successful conclusion.
Paul was constantly in contact with me during the whole process and I was fully informed at all times. Paul's advice was invaluable and his confidence that a sale would be the ultimate outcome was reassuring and made for a stress-free experience.
I could not be more satisfied with the outcome and highly recommend and thank Paul and the sales team at McDonald Upton for their professionalism and hard work.
- Ray in Essendon
33 Waverley Street
Great relationship from the start and the agency delivered a bespoke service that delivered.
- Phillip in Essendon
5 Bowes Avenue
Great to deal with. Exceeded all our expectations.
- Elvira in Airport West
28 Daisy Street
A complete and highly professional sales process leading to successful
Paul is the most knowledgeable and capable agent in Moonee Valley. He has integrity and leads his team at every point to ensure vendor and buyer are equally satisfied.
- Karen in Essendon
6 Hedderwick Street
We considered a number of agents to sell our home in Essendon before deciding on McDonald
Upton. What made the difference for us was the way that Paul McDonald interacted with us.
He used words like ethical, trust and respect in our conversations and his advice on how to approach
our campaign was based on these values as well as his decades of experience in Essendon real
We felt really comfortable and safe with Paul, knowing that he had the knowledge and experience
to sell our home the way we felt was the right way.
Later in the process we also got to meet Simon Cookson, the agent who managed our home
inspections. We also interacted with some of the team in the office, Liz Kwiatkowski, Advertising and
Digital Marketing Karen Corr, and Martene Bailey, Administrator. What a great team! Always working
well with each other and always very supportive of us and considerate of the stresses we were under.
Thank you to everyone who helped us and we highly recommend McDonald Upton. Boutique really
- Jonathan and Sue in Essendon
31B Huntly Street
Paul provided advice, solutions and guidance for selling my property.
I originally bought the property through Paul McDonald 28 years ago and decided to have him sell it for me as well. I was happy with my dealings with him then and am more than pleased with my dealings with him this time. Paul's market knowledge and professionalism and the strength of the team backing him gave me the results that I had hoped for.
The whole sale process, from the initial inquiry through to the inspection and advice for presentation through to market timing and strategy, was handled with the utmost professionalism and integrity. I am very satisfied with the experience and interaction I had with Paul and the McDonald Upton team, and have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone wishing to sell their property.
- Tony in Moonee Ponds
29A St James Street
Fabulous Experience - Highly Recommend
Paul is genuine, honest and always professional- which is all part of what sets him and his team apart. Paul’s knowledge of the market and ability to really listen was invaluable as we navigated selling our home during lockdowns. He was always there to discuss approach, provide advice and importantly have a laugh!
We highly recommend and would definitely use him again.
- James and Kelly in Moonee Ponds
23 Locke Street
Paul oversaw the recent sale of our House by "Expression of Interest"
This is the first time that we have dealt with Paul McDonald, and on reflection, the two characteristics which Paul embodies are Integrity and professionalism.
The Sale method was a new experience for us, and their previous expertise was very helpful in achieving the sale.
- Peter and Glynis in Essendon
68 Market Street
Sold At Auction!
Paul was very professional with a sound knowledge of the market and the strategies to sell the property during current COVID times.
- Michael and Linda in Essendon
8 Laluma Street
Smooth, worry free process and Excellent result
Paul McDonald’s knowledge of the housing market and where particular properties sit in the value range in
Moonee Valley is up to date always and the smooth process from pre sales to purchase is reassuring.
His team, under his leadership, are also highly professional, have intuitive people skills and his communication on
opens pre and post is honest and makes decision making easier.
We are very happy that Paul was the only agent we asked to sell our home.
- Karen in Essendon
25 Hart Street
From the outset Paul had a clear plan, very well organised, no surprises, no unmet expectations, stress free experience, thanks Paul, great outcome.
- Wayne in Airport West
3 Clarendon Street
Great experience with Paul, fortunate to get a strong sale in the current environment.
We had used McDonald Upton for letting our property and we continued to use their expertise for selling our property in Coburg.
We had a lot of communication with Paul leading up to the house going on the market and the place looked fantastic. We were concerned with the Covid- 19 restrictions but Paul and Rhys guided us through and managed to quickly find some interesting buyers.
We sold at a price we were happy with and were very happy with the service provided.
- Peter and Hannah in Coburg
11 Alec Crescent
Paul was fantastic to deal with when we sold our first property!
He walked us through the process, was always available for queries if we needed and kept us very well
informed throughout our sales campaign.
We were very pleased with the outcome of the sale and do not think we would have had the same result if Paul wasn't our agent.
I would highly recommend him, and absolutely use Paul again if we were to sell our property.
- Mikaela and Jack in Fawkner
26A Darling Street
McDonald Upton are a boutique agency in Essendon that I first had dealings with renting the property I have just sold. I was very happy with my experience then and even happier now with the professionalism of Paul McDonald.
Paul was always there to answer questions and made us feel very comfortable throughout this whole
journey. He had a very down to earth manner and was approachable at all times.
Will definitely use this agency again!
- Frances in MOONEE PONDS
43 Elstone Avenue
Paul was great, going through the sales in the area with us, giving us as much information
as possible. Answering our questions, concerns and worries professionally and knowledgeably.
I am happy to recommend Paul and McDonald Upton Real Estate to anyone.
- Cheryl and Neil in Airport West
2c Morton Street, Essendon
Paul was lovely to deal with from the first meeting till the day of auction. His calm and informative manner was professional and appreciated. Tony was a pleasure to deal with from our first meeting till the successful auction day.
His positive and professional attitude throughout the campaign was greatly appreciated.
- Maureen in Essendon
65 Darling Street Moonee Ponds
Dealing with Paul, Simone and the McDonald Upton Team was such a great experience. What can be an overwhelming time selling your home was made easy and stress-free. There organised approach and Paul's upfront and honest nature made us feel comfortable we had chosen the right agent. We got a great result and we were really pleased with the outcome and the advice and market knowledge Paul was able to provide. Can not recommend Paul and the team enough!!!
- Holly in MOONEE PONDS
4 Collegian Avenue Strathmore
Paul delivered a sale outcome near the top of the range with a minimum of fuss. He had the courage to change marketing tact mid-campaign and kept a sense of conviction throughout. A sensible operator who considers all factors in planning and adapts on the go. Recommended.
- Peter in Strathmore
6 Prefect Street Strathmore
We decided to use Paul McDonald Real Estate to sell our home in Prefect Street in May 2016. We had bought the home from Paul in 1994, rebuilt it from scratch in 2000 and it served us faithfully for 22 years. Initially we were very worried about selling as we had many small jobs to do around the house and were very worried about getting tradesmen. We spoke to Paul and he said “But that’s what we do!” Well, we had no idea that this could all be arranged and overseen by the agent and could be completed in 2 weeks ……. geez! The lovely Caroline turned up to manage the works, organise to “show” the house and make sure everything went smoothly. Carpet, painting, tile work, plumbing, electrical and cabinet repair. But hang on……the pricing seemed incredibly low and certainly less than we could have arranged in such a tight timeframe. Suddenly the house was on the market glowing in its new paint, new carpet and new matching furniture. Liz did all the back-room detail, Julia was organising inspections, Paul gave us instant feedback on each inspection. Then the big day arrived! We were a bit concerned about Paul’s new beard but there he was out the front extolling the virtues of our lovely home. The price reached was what we were after, more importantly it was purchased by a lovely couple with a young family who we were convinced would look after the house for years to come. What a professional experience, we never thought a real estate agent would offer all those extra services and make what is a nervy experience seem so simple. We would highly recommend Paul and his incredible team to anyone, but particularly people who need that extra service to list their home…. and maybe, in time, Paul might even trim that beard!
- Silvana and Nicholas in Strathmore
72 Forrester Street Essendon
Thank you for all your help and guidance in the successful sale of our home in Essendon. Your advice and knowledge is the best in the business!
- Johnny & Norta Mazza in Essendon
14 Thomson Street Essendon
A note to thank you all for your efficient handling of the recent sale of our property in Thomson Street. We greatly appreciated your sensitive approach, straightforward advice, regular feedback and personalised service during the period of our sale. After a five week campaign, our home sold on auction day for a price that we had hoped for and which you advised was realistic. Your competency has convinced us that we were right to select your company and that Boutique is indeed Better. We have already recommended you to friends who are considering selling in the not too distant future and will readily suggest your company to others. Many thanks, may your success continue.
- Jim and Val Saunders in Essendon