Carinya, Spanish Mission in Toorak

by AF

Carinya, Toorak
$16 ~ $18 million

Carinya is a Spanish Mission mansion in Melbourne’s top residential district of Toorak. The home was built in 1925 for wool and skin broker Herbert William Lee and his family. It was designed by architects Isadore George Beaver and Arthur William Purnell.

The house features American oak flooring and panelling, Venetian stucco and art nouveau fixtures. Sadly there are no interior photos as the owner has has requested interiors only to be viewed by qualified buyers.

In recent years the gardens were designed by landscape architect John Patrick.

It does not appear to be heritage listed, but it is located next-door to the heritage listed ‘Coonac’ (c1866/1867).

For Sale

The price has not been disclosed, but sources indicate the desired price is somewhere between $16 ~ $18 million. An expression of interest campaign was held earlier this year, but the home still remains on the market.

According to RP Data, the median house price in Toorak is $2.77 million, making it the most expensive suburb in Melbourne and the 12th most expensive suburb in Australia.


61 Clendon Road, Toorak, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Listing information and images via

‘Toorak mansion for sale but keeping its secrets’, May 5, 2012.