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Victoria’s Most Viewed Homes Of 2021 So Far

By Rachel Wallace

An incredible Hamptons-inspired summer estate, elaborate European-style mansions and a bizarre apartment with a shower inside “a cupboard” are among Victoria’s most popular homes of 2021.

The most viewed listing so far this year is a luxury compound at 9-13 Mirino Street, Blairgowrie, which has amassed more than 75,677 clicks on realestate.com.au. Whitefox agent James Hallahan said it was “a thumping house” like nothing else he had seen in the coastal township, and in rare air for the entire Mornington Peninsula.

The property at 9-13 Mirino Street, Blairgowrie, set a record for the town.

Bunks built into the walls, plus a drop down cinema screen.

Multiple terraces for basking in the sun.

The expansive estate backs onto the back beach.

“There’s nothing comparable to it,” he said.

The six-bedroom, three-building modern estate was inspired by US architecture firm Bates Masi’s Hamptons style, which wasn’t the classic weatherboard look associated with the New York playground for the rich, and changed hands between “very private people” on April 16.

Mr Hallahan could not comment on the sale price, but the Herald Sun understands it sold just below its $9.5m-$9.9m price guide, setting a residential record for the town.

The sprawling 7183sq m back beach build took about five years to create, with bunks in the walls of one room with a drop down cinema screen, plus a basketball court, pool, spa, outdoor terraces, and luxury finishes throughout — all with the waves crashing right behind.

This absolute palace at 10 Summit Drive, Mickleham, is something indeed.

Survey your kingdom from Melbourne’s outer north.

It’s even got a soccer field.

And a 200-seat ballroom.

In the city’s outer north, “one of Australia’s largest homes” is on the market in Mickleham — complete with a 200-seat ballroom, its own soccer pitch and huge playground.

The nine-bedroom mansion’s so big most would turn the $14m-$15.4m listing into a commercial enterprise.

“We’ve had interest from China to turn it into an aged care and a luxury hotel, we’ve had basically one buyer interested in living in the property, everything else has been for commercial purposes,” Iconek Real Estate managing director Alen Hewson said.

The “dramatic” ballroom had been used by the sellers, a business family, to entertain family, friends and clients — even to shoot a music video.

How about this though, at 26/63 Alexandra Avenue, South Yarra?

The listing went viral with its “cupboard shower”.

Here’s the rest of the facilities.

Classy from the street.

The top listings include an Art Deco apartment in South Yarra that went viral online – racking up about 32,000 views – thanks to a strange quirk in the one-bedroom, one-bathroom design that raised buyers’ eyebrows.

The pad at 26/63 Alexandra Avenue features a toilet on one side of the bedroom, while the bath and shower were “inside a cupboard” with no windows on the opposite side of the room.

But Hayden Real Estate director Jonathan Hayden said the split bathroom and “butterfly shaped” floorplan didn’t stop a buyer from snapping up the pad for an undisclosed price just 10 days after it was listed with $390,000-$410,000 price hopes.

No. 43 Lansell Road, Toorak, was sold by Shannon Bennett and Madeleine West.

No. 76 Bowen Crescent, Carlton North, could set a record for its postcode.

And 9 Whernside Avenue, Toorak, was juice queen Janine Allis’ old digs.

“The person who bought it is an interior designer and she is going to do some amazing things with it (in a renovation),” Mr Hayden noted.

“The orientation of the current bathroom can be switched around and you could very easily join together the two ends of the plumbing as an ensuite.”

Berwick listing bringing a taste of Italy to Melbourne’s southeast also attracted plenty of attention.

Vendors Aaron and Andrea Richardson spent more than three years building and perfecting the bespoke Tuscan-style property at 1-2 Adare Court, importing most of the materials from Europe.

No. 1-2 Adare Court, Berwick, is a slice of Tuscany.

Gorgeous.

Plenty of space for the reds.

A putting green like a fairway wraps around the property.

“We entered the project to build our Tuscan dream home and wanted to make sure it was as authentic as possible – we spent thousands of hours researching and working with suppliers,” Mr Richardson said.

“My wife has an Italian background and we just really love the style (of the architecture).”

The pair listed the family home in March with a $6m-$6.5m price guide, and have plans to take on a new construction in the same style.

The one-of-a-kind four-bedroom home is complete with a 1000-bottle wine cellar, mineral pool, and an alfresco dining space that “feels like being in the Tuscan countryside,” with a woodfire pizza oven.

No. 255 New Street, Brighton, has an entertainment zone to rival Crown.

OBrien Berwick’s Daniel Boyle said the “Gold Class” cinema and a golf green were additional highlights.

Other most viewed listings that were still on the market included a $3.6m-$3.96m Clayton South castle still on the market and a renovated Victorian mansion in Carlton North being sold with record sale price hopes of $8-$8.8m.

REA Group director of economic research Cameron Kusher said the most viewed list on realestate.com.au in 2021 was “a little surprising”.

No. 8 Scott Avenue, Clayton South, has Bridgerton vibes.

Bit going on in here, no doubt.

Maximalism.

“While most properties are very nice, many of them are in outer capital city areas offering a different lifestyle,” he said.

“This reflects the changing demand we’ve seen over the past year whereby outer capital city areas and regional markets have become increasingly popular destinations for purchasers and renters.”

— with Scott Carbines

VICTORIA’S MOST VIEWED HOMES OF 2021

Address, property views, date listed

1. 9-13 Mirino Street, Blairgowrie: 75677, 23/1/2021

9-13 Mirino Street, Blairgowrie.

2. 10 Summit Drive, Mickleham: 61843, 29/1/2021

10 Summit Drive, Mickleham.

3. 8 Scott Avenue, Clayton South: 55886, 28/1/2021

8 Scott Avenue, Clayton South.

4. 255 New Street, Brighton: 39186, 18/2/2021

255 New Street, Brighton.

5. 115 Brysons Road, Warrandyte South: 36120, 28/1/2021

115 Brysons Road, Warrandyte South.

6. 43 Lansell Road, Toorak: 34681, 4/2/2021

43 Lansell Road, Toorak.

7. 26/63 Alexandra Avenue, South Yarra: 32375, 29/4/2021

26/63 Alexandra Avenue, South Yarra.

8. 9 Whernside Avenue, Toorak: 30931, 2/3/2021

9 Whernside Avenue, Toorak.

9. 76 Bowen Crescent, Carlton North: 30375, 31/3/2021

76 Bowen Crescent, Carlton North.

10. 1-2 Adare Court, Berwick: 29449, 23/3/2021

1-2 Adare Court, Berwick.

Source: realestate.com.au

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