Historic Brighton pad with disco room could be your new boogie wonderland for $15.5m-$16.5m

The pool at 5 Leslie Grove, Brighton, a seven-bedroom home designed in 1872.

A grand Gothic mansion in Brighton where a previous owner transformed the old stables into a discotheque has shimmied onto the market with $15.5m-$16.5m price hopes.

Named Blair Athol, the Victorian estate at 5 Leslie Grove was designed in 1872 by well-known architect Lloyd Taylor.

It is believed the stately home was owned in the early 1900s by the Menzies family, proprietors of the now-demolished Menzies Hotel in Melbourne’s CBD, which boasted luminaries like Mark Twain, Herbert Hoover and Alexander Bell as guests.

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Nightclub lights can be seen in the converted stables.

JP Dixon managing director Jonathan Dixon said former Tabcorp and Southcorp chief executive Ross Wilson purchased Blair Athol from Just Jeans founder Craig Kimberly in 1994.

CoreLogic records show Mr Wilson paid $2.95m for the house, which last sold for $12.8m in 2017.

Mr Dixon said when Mr Kimberly moved into Blair Athol, he converted the former stables into a disco and gym.

“It still has the old disco lights that spin around,” Mr Dixon said.

Blair Athol was modernised by Studio Wonder adding stone, timber and soft finishes.

The grand staircase to the front entrance.

A floodlit tennis court.

One of five bathrooms.

The seven-bedroom home features a wine cellar for 3000 bottles, glass-tiled pool, floodlit tennis court, library, billiards room and separate two-level poolside guesthouse with a bar, sauna and spa set on 3372sq m.

“It has a fibreglass elephant statue in the garden which the kids love,” Mr Dixon said.

He added that Blair Athol was one of the first Victorian properties in the state to have a lift installed, which used ropes and pulleys to travel.

However, the lift is no longer part of the property.

Comfortable and cosy.

A Bianco statuario marble kitchen with a Zip tap and a butler’s pantry.

The home’s facade, although the statue is now gone.

Mr Dixon said he was also selling two other iconic Bayside properties, including the Victorian Italianate mansion named Chevy Chase at 201-205 Were St, Brighton East.

Designed by Lloyd Taylor, the property has a $13.5m-$15m asking price.

Chevy Chase last sold in 2005 for $1.9m, according to CoreLogic.

Chevy Chase has a gazebo overlooking the 12.5m pool and spa.

The property dates back to 1881.

Perfect for entertaining.

The third property, 3 Moule Ave, Brighton, has a $15m-$16m price range.

Known as Narellan, the home has a cellar, billiard room with wet bar, stained glass windows,

chandeliers and marble fireplaces.

The home, which belongs to former Melbourne Rebels Super Rugby club owner Andrew Cox, was listed for sale last year but an offer for the property ended up falling through.

3 Moule Ave, Brighton.

One of seven bedrooms.

A chic bathroom, one of six in the property.

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