Old estates for sale

Celebrating the charming and character-filled historic properties for sale in Australia

Category: Melbourne

Ivy Grange, Kew

Ivy Grange, Kew, Melbourne

Ivy Grange has had several different uses over the past 149 years, but has only been the private residence to three families – the Vickers, Beaths and Lawlors.

Architect Charles Vickers built the basalt and cream brick gothic-style home as his personal residence in 1864. It was sold in 1873 to merchant David Beath, who named it Ivy Grange. Mr. Beath added the tower wing in 1877, and further additions were made by firm Reed, Henderson & Smart in 1885. Read the rest of this entry »


Blair Athol in Brighton

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Blair Athol, Brighton

Blair Athol was built in 1872 for Mr. and Mrs. Archibald Menzies – hoteliers who owned the Menzies Hotel on the corner of Bourke and William Streets in the Melbourne CBD.

The two-storey home was designed by Lloyd Taylor, who also designed ‘Chevy Chase’ and ‘Kamesburgh’ and was inspired by a house in the modern gothic or modernised domestic gothic style that appeared in Villas and Cottages by H W Paul and Oliver Ayliffe (1864-1865). Read the rest of this entry »

Monegeetta’s Mintaro sold on auction day

Mintaro sold for $3 million on its auction day on November 15, with the new buyers planning to restore the grand Italianate mansion and open it to the public by offering tours in the future.

Read more about Mintaro here.

Carinya, Spanish Mission in Toorak

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Ivanhoe East’s Rangeworthy

Rangeworthy, Melbourne
Expression of Interest

Rangeworthy was built in 1910 for Thomas James. The transitional Victorian / Edwardian red brick residence was built on Lot 17 of the Rangeworthy Estate – an area subdivided in 1901 by Councillor and timber merchant William J. Brewer.

The total estate covered 70 acres and had 107 allotments priced from 25 ~ 40 shillings per foot. Strict building codes were enforced, such as requiring houses to be built to a cost of at least 350 pounds, in order prevent any ‘small cheap tenements’ from appearing.  Read the rest of this entry »

Historic Queenscliff Hotel for sale

Queenscliff Hotel
Sale by Tender

The historic Queenscliff Hotel south of Melbourne has been listed for sale as the current owner/operator makes plans for retirement.

Dating from 1887, this is one of Victoria’s earliest Queen Anne-style buildings. It was originally built as a hotel for hoteliers Martha Nugent and Joseph Goslin, who had previously operated the Esplanade Hotel for many years.

The 2-storey brick building with tower and cast iron balcony was designed by architects Reed, Henderson & Smart and constructed by N.W. Frogley. It has 15 bedrooms with bathrooms, guess lounges, a formal dining room, conservatory restaurant and bar. Read the rest of this entry »

Monegeetta’s Mintaro up for auction

Mintaro, Monegeetta
Auction SOLD

‘Mintaro’ is an imposing Italianate country mansion just outside of Melbourne. The house is being put up for auction in November with a reserve price of $3 million. (Update: The house sold for $3 million).

The 2-storey rendered brick home was built in 1881-1882 for Captain Robert Gardiner at a cost of £22,000. It was designed by prominent architect James Gall, who also designed the ‘Frognall’ and ‘Noorilim’ mansions.

The design was said to be influenced by Osborne House – Queen Victoria’s summer residence on the Isle of Wight, but it also described as a small replica of Melbourne’s Government House (built 1876). Read the rest of this entry »

Manningham / Moronga

Manningham, Melbourne
Expressions of Interest

“Manningham” is a Victorian-style home built in the 1870s. There is very little information on this home, but archived records show a home fitting this description at the same address called “Moronga” so it is possible that the name was changed somewhere along the line. The name Moronga was in use until at least the early 1940s.

The house was occupied in 1896 by Lieutenant F. Tickell, who was born in China in 1857. Around 1896 it was occupied by a Lieutenant Frederick Tickell who became commandant of the Victorian Naval Forces until 1904. He would have only resided in the home briefly as he soon set force with two hundred men for Hong Kong to assist Britain in putting down the Boxer Rebellion. Read the rest of this entry »

Talana. On again, off again.

Talana, Hawthorne East
$10 million*

The historic Talana in Melbourne was first listed for sale with Marshall White in April 2011 with hopes of selling for $12 million plus. It didn’t. In April of this year, the house was re-listed with RT Edgar at a slightly reduced price of $10 million (according to PriceFinder data), but by the end of August the home no longer appeared on any listing sites. It is possible that the seller, perhaps frustrated with the lack of activity on the home, did not renew their listing agreement and has taken it off the market.

Talana, named after a town in the province of Ogliastra, Sardinia, Italy, was built in 1899 – 1900 for the Jones family. It was designed by architect John Beswicke, renowned for his work in Hawthorn during the late 1800s which included the Hawthorn Town Hall and two other grand homes in Harcourt Street (Rotha – his own residence, and Tudor Lodge – later renamed Hilton House). Read the rest of this entry »