A grand Gothic mansion in Brighton, where a previous owner turned the former stables into a nightclub, entered the market with price expectations of $15.5 million to $16.5 million.
Called Blair Athol, the Victorian estate at 5 Leslie Grove was designed in 1872 by well-known architect Lloyd Taylor.
The mansion is believed to have been owned in the early 1900s by the Menzies family, who owned the now-demolished Menzies Hotel in Melbourne’s CBD, which boasted luminaries such as Mark Twain, Herbert Hoover and Alexander Bell as guests.
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JP Dixon Managing Director Jonathan Dixon said former Tabcorp and Southcorp CEO Ross Wilson purchased Blair Athol from Just Jeans founder Craig Kimberly in 1994.
CoreLogic’s records show Wilson paid $2.95 million for the house, which last sold for $12.8 million in 2017.
Dixon said that when Kimberly moved to Blair Athol, he converted the former stables into a nightclub and gym.
“It still has the old disco lights that spin around,” Dixon said.
The seven-bedroom home features a 3,000-bottle wine cellar, glass-tiled pool, lighted tennis court, library, billiards room and separate two-story poolside inn with bar, sauna and spa on 3,372 m².
“There’s a fiberglass elephant statue in the garden that the kids love,” Dixon said.
He added that Blair Athol was one of the first Victorian estates in the state to have an elevator installed, which used ropes and pulleys to travel.
However, the elevator is no longer part of the property.
Dixon said he was also selling two other iconic Bayside properties, including the Italian Victorian mansion called the Chevy Chase at 201-205 Were St, Brighton East.
Designed by Lloyd Taylor, the property has an asking price of $13.5 million to $15 million.
The Chevy Chase was last sold in 2005 for $1.9 million, according to CoreLogic.
The third property, 3 Moule Ave, Brighton, has a price range of $15 million to $16 million.
Known as Narellan, the house has a wine cellar, billiards room with wet bar, stained glass windows,
marble chandeliers and fireplaces.
The home, which is owned by former Melbourne Rebels Super Rugby club owner Andrew Cox, was listed for sale last year but a bid for the property ultimately fell through.
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