Buyer picks up Toorak mansion formerly owned by Steve Vizard for a laughable $22m

Buyer picks up Toorak mansion formerly owned by Steve Vizard for a laughable $22m

A Toorak mansion once owned by comedian, lawyer and Gold Logie winner Steve Vizard has been sold for an undisclosed sum north of $20m. Toorak’s No. 17 Chastleton Avenue is one of Melbourne’s highest-selling sales this year. The Magnificent Italian mansion 17 Chastleton Ave Fully equipped with its own tower, it had an asking price of $ 22 to $ 24 million at the time of listing. Melbourne’s prestige market has been busy this year, with well-heeled buyers emerging from last year’s lockdowns in search of more spacious accommodation as they plan to spend more time at home.

Steve only lived in the property for about five months in 1998. The main floor has an office, formal dining room, and large formal living area with a fireplace and game room – perfect for indoor entertaining. The kitchen equipped with high-end appliances and a butler kitchen as well as a combined living and dining area. A staircase to the basement leads to a utility room and a wine cellar.

The mansion was initially constructed in the 1880s, the grand Italianate Victorian home has been completely reworked by its most recent owners, who tastefully brought 17 Chastleton Avenue into the 21st century modern elements with a blend of older and heritage aspects. The property features;  a tennis court, a swimming pool, and a paved entertaining area. The master bedroom features a marble fireplace, a spacious walk-in wardrobe (pictured), and a luxurious ensuite with marble slabs and brass hardware. The side garden of the home also features a long outdoor dining area surrounded by lemon trees, cypresses and apple trees – another outdoor entertaining space.

According to Chiminello, not a single square inch of the house hasn’t been touched during the aforementioned renovation; accomplished courtesy of architect Russel Casper, interior designer Thomas Hamel, and landscaped by Paul Bangay.

The house has been home to many famous identities and businesspeople since Martin Blundell who managed the Melbourne branch of The Bank of Australasia had it built in the 1880s.

Before it was privately owned, it was used for reception rooms for the Toorak society in 1926 before Linda Davey Milne ran it as an upmarket boarding house during the 1930s.

Steve is best known for starring in sketch comedy Fast Forward (from 1989 to 1991), his own the late-night-show ‘Tonight Live With Steve Vizard ‘(from 1990 to 1993).

Marshall White’s Marcus Chiminello, who ran sales, previously told the Herald Sun, “There isn’t an inch of an inch of the house that they haven’t touched,” regarding the renovations.

The home sold within its asking price guide, according to a source familiar with the deal but not authorised to speak publicly. Public records show the sellers are fund manager Alastair Hunter and Sarah Jane Hunter, but no indication of the buyer or price had yet been made public.


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