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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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