A “majestic” 130-year-old Kew castle is ready for its new king or queen to stake their claim.
The Victorian-Italianate mansion at 896 Glenferrie Rd on a 1152sq m block was originally the home of leading architect Alfred White.
Built in 1891, ‘Comaques’ has been on and off the market for years and is currently listed with a $10-$11 million price guide.
RT Edgar agent Annabelle Feng said the residence was one of the most renowned Victorian-Italianate mansions in the area.
The owner, who lives in China, was reluctantly selling because they were no longer able to visit Australia due to Covid-19 border closures.
“For such an elegant building, it needs someone to live there,” Ms Feng said.
“They’d rather have the right owner live in the property and maintain it.”
CoreLogic records show the mansion last changed hands in 2017 for an undisclosed price.
Earlier records show it sold for $4.97 million in August 2010.
If it sells within the range it will have at least doubled its value in the past decade.
The residence was listed in November 2018 with a price guide of $8.9-$9.7 million before being pulled from the market after 76 days.
It was listed again in February 2020 for four days before being taken off and listed again last month.
Features include a “breathtaking” entrance foyer with glittering chandeliers and soaring 3.9m-high ceilings.
Formal dining and living areas flank the grand entrance before a long, winding hallway draws guests deeper into the heart of the residence.
A central sunroom is overlooked by a meals and rumpus area on one side and the open-plan living zone and kitchen on the other.
The stone kitchen has European appliances and there’s a vast basement cellar for the new owner’s wine collection.
A separate home office, an open-air water feature, and a bar are on the ground floor, while five big bedrooms, including the “palatial” main bedroom with two walk-in robes and an ensuite, occupy the upper level.
Marble fireplaces, elaborate ceiling roses, and decorative cornices and archways add to the property’s heritage appeal.
And an outdoor pool and entertainment zone are the perfect spots to relax in the warmer months.
Topping it all off is a striking tower with a flag pole that has 360-degree views of the surrounding area.
If the property sells at the top of its advertised range it will come close to matching Kew’s most expensive residential record for reported sales.
Ms Feng said the lavish home was “majestic in stature and scale” and had been immaculately maintained.
“The entrance, the chandeliers, the floors, everything matches perfectly,” Ms Feng said.
“It’s high quality. Even after 130 years it’s still stunning.”
Glenferrie Rd restaurants, shops and elite private schools including Trinity Grammar and Xavier College are nearby.
Expressions of interest close June 22 at 5pm.
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