Sir Dallas Brooks: Victoria’s longest-serving governor’s Frankston estate sold
The Frankston home built by Victoria’s longest-serving governor, Sir Dallas Brooks, is making way for a series of townhouses.
Placed on the market for the first time in almost five decades, 5 Crathie Court has sold for in excess of $2 million after it was passed in.
Sir Dallas built the residence in the late 1950s and it was the family home until 1972.
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The executers of the estate listed the sprawling 7234sq m property for auction on July 13 with a $2.45-$2.659 million price guide.
It attracted one bidder, with a couple of others standing on the sidelines on a wet and windy day at the auction, listing agent Callum MacPherson of Ray White Frankston said.
The property passed it for $2.25 million after drawing interest from more than 50 groups of buyers, including owner-occupiers and developers.
The buyer is a developer from Melbourne who will go ahead with permits to build up to 15 townhouses on the coveted private site.
“The property did not attract enough interest from someone to retain the house and it will be demolished,” Mr MacPherson said.
The block adjoins a golf club and is surrounded by large homes and is also close to schools.
It has remained in mostly original condition and has over the years being extended as well.
Sir Dallas was a British military commander who served as governor for 13 years from 1949. He was also a first-class cricketer with Hampshire in England, and the state’s longest-serving Freemason Grand Master.
An East Melbourne concert hall was also named after him.
Sir Dallas’ wife Lady Violet continued to live in the house after his death in 1966.
The mid-century-style house was partly damaged by fire in the 1960s and had to be refurbished. It features three spacious living areas, seven bedrooms and a large garden.
The development permit allows for the house to be retained with eight townhouses to be built or to be torn down and replaced with 15 townhouses.
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