South Yarra’s iconic Poolman Home is about to hit the market this week after VCAT canned its proprietor’s $12.5m plans for a luxurious members membership.
The six-bedroom mansion at 253-257 Area Rd has hosted a swath of Melbourne’s excessive society and political elite friends because it was inbuilt 1865, together with former Prime Ministers Scott Morrison and Tony Abbott.
It final offered off marketplace for a whopping $18.25m in 2021 to the rich-lister Smorgon household and related funding group, who additionally personal Sorrento’s Continental Resort. That they had lavish plans to remodel the positioning into an “internationally famend personal members membership” underneath a $12.5m plan.
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Whereas their plans had been put in movement, they put the property up for hire for an eye-watering $10,000 per week — with an eye-popping $60,000 bond.
However the venture got here to a halt when VCAT rejected the proposed plans, leaving the homeowners with no selection however to promote the heritage property and search an alternate location.
Now, it’s as a consequence of hit the market this week with lofty $21m-$23m worth expectations, led by Marshall White Stonnington director Marcus Chiminello.
“They went to VCAT in relation to getting that let which wasn’t beneficial, in order that they’ve discovered an alternate location (for the membership),” Mr Chiminello stated.
“So it should now in the end grow to be a household residence … it was held by many notable households all through its existence and it’s time for Poolman Home to return as a household residence.”
The 2753sq m property is about on the nook of Punt and Area roads, that includes a pool, tennis courtroom, six-car storage and 1928-built ballroom, plus manicured Paul Bangay designed gardens.
If the preliminary plans got here to fruition, a brand new three-storey constructing would come with two eating places, 12 lodge rooms, membership and occasion house, a backyard lounge, conservatory, reception space and 21-car basement storage.
When the proposal was lodged with the Metropolis of Melbourne in 2021, Deputy Lord Mayor Nick Reece stated the plans for “one of many grandest and most recognisable mansions in South Yarra’’ could be “fastidiously thought of’’ by the council.
“It’s important any redevelopment of such a historic web site delivers a high-quality design consequence whereas respecting the buildings distinctive character and important heritage worth to town,’’ he stated.
Particulars of the brand new location for the luxurious hospitality and lodging web site are unknown.
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