Radio star’s Macedon Ranges hideaway for sale

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1 Falls Rd, Hesket, the home of former ABC 774 radio presenter the late Clive Stark, is on the market for $4.95 million.

The Macedon Ranges home of late Melbourne radio personality Clive Stark has hit the market.

The five-bedroom house at 1 Falls Rd, Hesket, about 79km northwest of Melbourne, has a price tag of $4.95 million.

Stark was best known for being the long-time host of the popular Sunday program on Melbourne’s 3LO and later ABC 774.

He also presented classical music on the 3AR breakfast show and in the 1960s hosted a recorded comedy program called Stark Raving.

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His house — which he shared with partner Geoffrey Stewardson, Riddell Marly Interior Design managing director — was built in 1999 as boutique guesthouse and conference centre the BlueRidge Inn.

Stark and Stewardson paid $1.725 million for the property 10 years ago, and spent about $2.5 million renovating it under the guidance of architect Darren Overend.

This included reducing the number of bedrooms from 12 to five and refurbishing the interior.

Keatings Real Estate’s John Keating said the 4ha property was one of the finest in the area, with spectacular views over Hesket Valley towards Hanging Rock.

Stark died in 2017, aged 81.

The house was built in 1999 by Englehart Homes as a boutique guesthouse and conference centre known as the Blue Ridge Inn.

Window walls capture stunning views.

“It would suit a high net-worth buyer looking for a six-star permanent home or weekender,” Mr Keating said.

“It is unlikely to be used as a commercial property.”

Fireplaces bring warmth to spacious living areas.

The two-storey house with front and back terraces is flanked by double garages.

A double-height entrance hall leads to multiple living areas, including sitting and music rooms, a home theatre, library, sun room plus a dining room with french doors opening outdoors.

There is a well-appointed kitchen, laundry, storerooms, plus a suite for guests that includes a living room, bedroom and ensuite.

A chef’s delight, the kitchen features an Ilve cooker, Miele oven, Leibherr refrigerators and a freezer, four sinks and Miele dishwashers.

The upper level contains four bedrooms with ensuites, living areas, an office, second kitchen and a wet bar.

Other features include fireplaces, a speaker system, ducted heating and zoned airconditioning.

The property comes with a motor court to park 10 cars, a hedge-lined driveway, sweeping lawns, a sculptural rock swale and a botanical-style garden with stone walls and steps.

Glorious with specimen plantings, the garden features maple, oak and chestnut trees that complement colourful rhododendrons and mature eucalypts.

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