A landmark Victorian estate with a rich history and who’s who list of former owners is offering buyers a golden opportunity in Melbourne’s northeast.
The notable line-up of past vendors includes famous sports stars, wine producers and an Australian explorer who built the home after discovering a 1.22kg gold nugget.
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Buyers can write themselves into the history of the grand 1880s house at 5-8 The Briars, Mooroolbark for $2-$2.2 million.
The elaborate house was built by famous explorer William Carr-Boydwho mapped much of Western Australia in the early 1880s, including the Carr Boyd Ranges.
In 1895, winemaker and original developer of the Chateau Yering Vineyard Paul de Castellapurchased the five-bedroom house.
It was also home to a family of sporting greats, theBrowns.
Former Australian Netball captain and coach Joyce Brown, who saw the team through three world championships, and her husband,Colin, lived in the house from 1969. Their son, Fraser Brown, former Carlton footballer-turned-property developer, grew up at the estate.
Jellis Craig, Doncaster, agent Matthew Lockyer said the house was like a piece of art.
“It’s quite a nostalgic thing to have a story which gets passed down the line to the next person,” Mr Lockyer said.
“To have the chance to purchase such a truly magnificent property steeped in Australian history is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
Mr Lockyer said the $2 million-plus price tag was “terrific value”.
“I have sold homes in the area for $6 million, but this holds a far greater story than all of them,” he said.
“You’re getting a lot of home and land for your money and the history with it is a bonus.”
It is one of three pre-1900s stately homes in the region and once sat on more than 17,000ha of fertile Yarra Valley land, which was subdivided over time and is now known as The Briars Estate.
Perched on the top of the hill, the house offers a picture-perfect panorama of the Dandenong Ranges and Yarra Valley and is surrounded by Edna Walling inspired gardens.
A viewing platform inside the original entry tower is set at the top of a spiral staircase and takes in impressive 360-degree views.
Inside, period highlights are matched with modern conveniences but the home still pays homage to its heritage.
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