Balwyn North house with karaoke bar, gaming lounge sets record

Balwyn North house with karaoke bar, gaming lounge sets record

A mega mansion with its own karaoke bar, gaming lounge, golf course simulator and 20-seat cinema has set a new Balwyn North price record — just two weeks after hitting the market.

The price achieved by 12 Agnes Ave — perhaps Australia’s best entertainer’s home — is undisclosed.

But the Herald Sun understands it surpassed $7 million.

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This makes it the priciest residence to have changed hands in Balwyn North, beating 7 Tormey St’s $6.18 million sale last year, according to CoreLogic records.

Ray White Balwyn selling agent Jason Zou said about 120 groups inspected the eight-bedroom, eight-bathroom house with an indoor pool during its fortnight on the market.

Most of the interest came from househunters of Asian-background, and the buyer was a family already living in Melbourne’s east that fit this profile.

Mr Zou said they first viewed the house on Saturday, fell for the “the way it was built” and its vast features, and inked the deal on Sunday.

Builder Mark, director of MJ Building Group, sold the house decked out with up to $700,000 worth of furnishings and equipment curated by an interior designer, and $30,000 of booze stocked in its multiple bars.

“You’re not buying a home, you’re buying a lifestyle,” Mark said when the property was first listed.

“This house is really big and grand. We’ve pushed the envelope.”

It’s set on a 1012sq m block, and offers almost 1500sq m of internal living space over three storeys behind an imposing columned facade.

Its elaborate features also include a resort-style backyard with a row of deck chairs, a lift, 12-car basement garage and marble Miele kitchen.

Multiple living areas, including a dedicated music room with a piano and bass violin, and a palatial main bedroom, containing two ensuites, two dressing rooms and a balcony with a spa, complete the package.

Mr Zou said the property was “not normal” for the Balwyn area, and accordingly attracted a lot of interest from a variety of would-be buyers.

“It’s rare to see such a big property like this in Balwyn North,” he said.

“There’s quite a bit in the $4-$5 million range, but very little at this level.

“There are still a lot of buyers in the market, they’ve just got heaps of choice. So something like this, good quality with a lot of features, was always going to get attention.”

Ray White Balwyn director Helen Yan said the property was “No. 1 in the Balwyn North area” for luxury and sheer volume of features.

samantha.landy@news.com.au

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