Real Estate

Author Nevil Shute’s former home and Hollywood celebrity haunt a bestseller in Langwarrin South

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A Langwarrin South property that hosted Hollywood royalty as the home of acclaimed author Nevil Shute has turned the page.

A Mornington Peninsula family has paid about $1.6 million for 710 Robinsons Rd, where the late Shute wrote several novels.

Selling agent Bruce Falk said it attracted interest “from all over Australia” before being snapped up by the locals.

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Once the buyers have renovated the 4ha property’s main house and adjoining cottage, they’ll be able to lay their heads in a bedroom film star Ava Gardner occupied as a house guest.

Other big names including Gregory Peck, Fred Astaire and Anthony Perkins were frequent visitors to the house during the filming of On The Beach — which was based on Shute’s 1957 novel of the same name — in Frankston, Berwick and Mornington Peninsula beaches.

“They (the buyers) were certainly aware of the history of the property. But I didn’t find too many Hollywood-struck buyers,” Mr Falk said.

Shute, who was also an aeronautical engineer, bought the farmland the house sits on in 1950.

The author of A Town Like Alice and Pied Piper moved his wife and two daughters from England to the property, extended it to 40ha, and raised horses, pigs and cattle on the land.

Shute died in 1960, and the property has since been subdivided into 4ha blocks.

Mr Falk, director of Bruce Falk Real Estate, said the buyers were a big family who were drawn to the layout suiting dual occupancy.

There’s a main house with up to six bedrooms, a kitchen, dining room, lounge and Shute’s study, plus a cottage adjoined by an undercover walkway with an extra three bedrooms and an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area.

A riding arena, six paddocks, horse shelters, farm buildings and two large dams were also part of the package.

“They also liked the English vibe of the property, the lovely environment the house is situated in, and its proximity to Melbourne as the gateway to the Mornington Peninsula,” Mr Falk said.

The new owners planned to renovate the dated residence “without losing its charm”, he said.

The property has only had a handful of owners since Shute. CoreLogic records show it had last sold in 2000 for $500,000.