By Brendan Rees
A former country manor in Cranbourne North has sold for $2.35 million, setting an all-time high for residential properties in the area.
The property, set on 3200sq m of parklike grounds known as Tulliallan at 160 Wheelers Park Drive, was snapped up by a Narre Warren family at an auction held on Saturday, 28 April.
“It was an extremely well attended auction; there was a sea of people” First National Neilson Partners Berwick selling agent Peter Watson said.
The six-bedroom home, featuring Mt Gambier limestone construction, three metre ceilings and entertainment areas was expected to sell between $1.8 million to $1.98 million, Mr Watson said.
“It sold above expectation. Two bidders decided they both wanted it and took a bit for one to shake the other off,” he said.
“It’s probably set a new bench mark for a residential holding in Cranbourne North for some time to come.
“It’s a lovely property and a local family has decided to call it home,” he said.
Mr Watson said the property’s former owners, Peter White and his wife Lyndy, planned to donate all proceeds from the sale to the family’s charitable foundation to assist the lives of people disadvantaged through personal, social or cultural circumstances.
The home was designed by Nicholas Day and has five bathrooms, a formal lounge with a superb marble open fire, with an adjoining banquet sized dining room, sauna, rooftop deck and a paved forecourt.
A casual family room fitted with bespoke cabinetry as well as a billiard/games room are also among its features.
The home also enjoys wonderful northerly aspect towards the Dandenong Ranges.