Sherbrooke Manor with rich history sells in under a week
The grand former home of Australian Open tournament director Colin Stubs and Supercar driver Clive Benson-Brown has sold in Sherbrooke after only six days on the market.
No. 3 Sherbrooke Rd, also known as Sherbrooke Manor, sold for an undisclosed sum within its $1.85-$1.98 million price guide on May 7.
Stubs sold the property to the vendors, while Benson-Brown is believed to have owned it in the 1980s.
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Stubs, a one-time director of the Australian Open, AAMI Classic and Kooyong Classic revisited the house during a recent open for inspection.
“He was obviously nostalgic about the property,” Bell Real Estate Olinda agent Elliot Bell said.
“It brought a tear to his eye, because he had so many memories about the place. He said cheekily, ‘I want to buy it back’.”
Mr Bell said low turnover in Sherbrooke meant competition was fierce when a rare opportunity to move into the suburb presented itself, with only two sales recorded in the suburb over the past year, according to CoreLogic data.
A local businessmen, linked to a major Victorian brewery, won the keys to the five-bedroom home, Mr Bell added.
“The vendors are chuffed — it’s an awesome result in a fairly ordinary market,” he said.
“They’ve seen themselves as caretakers of this beautiful property.”
Mr Bell said that, at almost 100 years old, the home and gardens were still relevant in today’s market.
“The whole vibe as soon as you enter the front gate, you can tell it’s a really well thought out property,” Mr Bell said.
The property’s gardens are also thought to have been originally designed by famed Victorian landscaper Edna Walling.
Other features of the stunning home include Juliette balconies and century old Belgian doors.
Mr Bell said competition had been fierce for the 1.01ha property, which was a rare opportunity on the market.
“The market’s been a little bit lethargic over the last six months, but our high-end properties attract significant interest,” he said.
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