A grand Toorak mansion once owned by controversial socialite Rose Porteous is making a statement on the market.
The commanding house at 8 Barnard Rd has been listed for sale with a $12-$13.2 million price guide.
The lavish four-bedroom property was owned by Mrs Porteous, the renowned widow of iron ore mining magnate Lang Hancock who later remarried real estate mogul William Porteous.
She’s also known for her lengthy legal dispute with stepdaughter Gina Rinehart over Hancock’s estate after his death in 1992.
CoreLogic data shows Ms Porteous bought the Toorak property for $6.1 million in 2006. She then sold it six months later for $6.85 million, which was an impressive profit on a short investment.
Mrs Porteous liked the house because it had plenty of space for her four poodles, RT Edgar agent Greg Herman told the Herald Sun at the time of the purchase.
Marshall White agent Marcus Chiminello said he was unsure whether she ever actually moved into the property during her short ownership.
The vendors had made minor updates to the property while living at the exclusive address for the past 10 years, he added.
“They repainted the property but didn’t have to do much because it’s a timeless design,” Mr Chiminello said.
The notable name was well-known for owning a number of elaborate estates. She demolished her sprawling landmark Perth mansion called Prix D’Amour in the same year she purchased the Barnard Rd home.
Two Toorak penthouses for were sold by the socialite for a combined total of $9 million around the same time.
Another residence in Nedlands, Western Australia, was listed by the Porteous family for more than $5 million last year. The lavish mansion has since been taken off the market and did not change hands.
The flamboyant figure has been kept a low-profile in the past few years, but it is understood she lives in WA and still owns property in South Yarra.
The dream home is for private sale, with expressions of interest due to close June 3.
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