If you have $14 million-$15 million to spare, these two immense Melbourne estates are yours for the taking. It all depends on whether you’d prefer a beachside homestead with ample country charm or a Gone with the Wind-style mansion north of the CBD. Whichever you choose, both properties offer an abundance of deluxe fixtures and fittings and astonishing details.
43-47 Were Street, Brighton
If you’re keen on luxurious living 45 minutes from the city and moments from a popular Melbourne beach, head to “South Lodge” at 43-47 Were Street, Brighton. Built in 1842 and set on an incredibly rare 3,017sq m site, the Victorian homestead features charming country-style timber, bay windows, brass tapware, decorative windows, and intricately detailed fireplaces.
A spiral staircase reaches up to a multi-purpose room while a conservatory with a wrought iron chandelier flows through French doors to the leafy gardens with a pool and tennis court. There is no lack of accommodation either with five bedrooms, including one set in the attic, and five bathrooms on offer. Cooking for guests will be a delight with the gorgeous kitchen boasting a fantastic enamel and cast-iron AGA cooker with both gas and radiant hotplates plus a warming plate and six ovens.
10 Summit Drive, Mickleham
If grand manor living is more your thing then 10 Summit Drive, Mickleham, will definitely impress. Believed to be one of Australia’s largest privately-owned homes, the extraordinary estate one hour north of Melbourne boasts a 200-seat ballroom with multiple chandeliers, ceiling cornices, and parquetry floors. Slipping further into the era of ballrooms is an elegant foyer with a grand staircase inspired by Gone with the Wind while an equally grand porte-cochere greets every guest.
There is plenty of room to spare with the massive 1,800sqm manor boasting nine bedrooms, eight bathrooms, “staff quarters” and space for 16 cars plus a car wash bay. Along with this grand accommodation and abundant room for dancing and dining comes a billiard room, gym, sauna, spa, pool, soccer field, basketball court, and playground. There are also several balconies and patios overlooking the landscaped gardens. All this grandeur is set within Mt Ridley Estate on an elevated and gated 4.2-acre block.
Both properties are listed for $14 million-$15.4 million.
43-47 Were Street, Brighton, Vic 3186
0408 100 067
JP Dixon Real Estate Brighton
10 Summit Drive, Mickleham, Vic 3064
0467 632 278