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Toorak mansion set to become state’s most expensive home

A stunning Melbourne home designed in 1936 is set to smash Victoria’s property price record if it sells for its $65 -$70 million price tag.

Blair House, at 17 St Georges Rd, Toorak, is set upon 7800sq m of botanic parklands in the blue-chip suburb’s premier street, making it one of Melbourne’s most significant estates.

Listed with Marshall White Director Marcus Chiminello and Sales Executive Sonja Sendin, Blair House is for sale by Expression of Interest, closing on August 8 at 3pm.

The statement of information lists the price guide as $65-$70 million.

If it sells for that price it will become Victoria’s most expensive home, beating Malvern’s historic Stonington Mansion, which sold in 2018 for $52.5 million.


The listing for the property describes Blair House as a “distinguished, solid brick, Georgian Revival residence, designed in 1936 by architects Hughes and Orme.

Once part of the grounds that formed Victoria’s first Government House, the formal landscaped gardens feature an avenue of rare Alnus Glutinosa trees lining the drive to the gorgeous Georgian home.

Limited internal pictures have been released to maintain privacy, but the listing says features include oak floors, timber panelling, Georgian windows and arches.

A grand reception room greets you, there’s a gorgeous drawing room with a fireplace, an inviting sitting room and a garden room with north-facing views of the hedge-screened gardens outside.


Upstairs are three double bedrooms with ensuites and robes, four other bedrooms, a fourth bathroom, two dressing rooms, a library, a study and a retreat.

Other features include separate two-three bedroom guest accommodation in converted double-storey stables and a lawn tennis court.

The Nanut family has owned Blair House since the 1970s.

In 2018 Maggie Nanut told The Australian when she first saw Blair House she was captivated by the Jacaranda blooms that lined the driveway.

Over the years the garden has included vegetable gardens, citrus trees and a lavender patch.

“The garden is a passion above all else – apart from my grandchildren,” Mrs Nanut said at the time.


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Kylie Dulhunty

Kylie Dulhunty is the Editor at Elite Agent.