Hawthorn mansion Avon Court to challenge Victorian record price

A SPRAWLING Hawthorn mansion described as “one of Melbourne’s finest”— with an 18-seat teppanyaki kitchen, two pools, a ballroom and a special bathroom treat for Tigers footy fans — could break the state’s house price record. Take a look.

Avon Court, Hawthorn Victoria - By Easton.

A SPRAWLING Hawthorn mansion could break Victoria’s house price record after being put up for sale off market with an eye-watering $45-$50 million price tag.

Featuring nine bedrooms, seven kitchens, seven bathrooms and two pools, the four-storey ‘Avon Court’ at 18-20 Shakespeare Grove will challenge the $52.5 million benchmark set by Malvern’s Stonington Mansion earlier this year, according to the agent.

An 18-seat teppanyaki kitchen, Victorian ballroom, 4000-plus bottle wine cellar, 10-car garage and two rooftop terraces with city views are other jaw-dropping inclusions at the lavish trophy home.

Avon Court Hawthorn - Teppanyaki Bar & Pool - By Easton.

The 4645sq m property shares a fence with ex-Australia Post boss Ahmed Fahour’s own Hawthorn mansion at 21 Coppin Grove, which was listed for $40-$44 million last week.

Former Richmond Football Club president Clinton Casey sold the luxe Avon Court to Autobarn co-founder Garry Dumbrell for $20.25 million in 2009, who in turn sold it to the vendors, a local family, for $19.8 million in 2014, CoreLogic records show.

An image of Tigers legend Jack Dyer is tiled into one of the bathrooms.

Avon Court Hawthorn, Main Bathroom, By Easton.


The Advocates property advocate Tony Rindfleisch said Avon Court was “like nothing else.”

“Most people will have never seen a home as spectacular as this. To say that the property is resort-style is a huge understatement. There are not too many resorts as high quality or as luxurious as this,” he said.

“The home’s historic features step back in time and blend magnificently with ultra-modern finishes. It has everything that any owner could ever want — and much more. 

Cashed-up local and international buyers are expected to compete for the right to enjoy an 18-seat private cinema, library, billiards room and bar, gym, sauna, “flower room” and staff quarters close to the Yarra River.

Avon Court, Shakespeare Grove Hawthorn, Kitchen - By Easton.

RT Edgar agent Helena Chow said the property was “one of Melbourne’s finest” and would challenge the Victorian record because of its sheer size.

“The building area is 218 squares (2025sq m) approximately — so it’s got a lot of house,” she said, adding four trees surrounding a front garden fountain were bought for $25,000 each by the previous owner, who also splashed $250,000 on an “outdoor non-glare 10ft television.”

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The property is for sale by expressions of interest with no fixed closing date.

Ms Chow said the vendors were a private family who were selling because the place had become “too big for them.”

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