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frankston south home full of history set to turn the page

Written by The ReReport

‘Rock Lodge’ in Frankston South is for sale.

A STONE front gate bearing the words Rock Lodge creates a captivating first impression at this property.
“It captures that sense you’re walking into something you don’t see a lot of,” O’Brien Mornington agent Braden Jarrett said.
“You’re curious to know what’s down there.”
The property at 122 Overport Rd, Frankston South is now on the market, with a price guide of $2.525-$2.75 million.

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122 Overport Rd, Frankston SouthThe property was built as a grand estate in 1929.

122 Overport Rd, Frankston SouthThe original part of the home was built using bricks sent via barge from Geelong.

Down the long driveway, the property opens up to reveal vast lawns and a charming single-level house.
“It’s a beautiful property,” Mr Jarrett said.
“The grounds are stunning and it’s steeped in history.”

Rock Lodge was a sprawling estate built in 1929 for lawyer Frank O’Collins by a young Sir Albert Victor Jennings, who went on to create home building company AV Jennings.
He built the original part of the home using bricks sent via barge from the old Geelong brickworks.

122 Overport Rd, Frankston SouthCharming old-fashioned details still feature in the home.

122 Overport Rd, Frankston SouthMultiple living spaces are on offer.

According to a history compiled by former long-term owners, the O’Collins family, the property saw a 1938 visit from Japanese naval cadets, who were later found to have been mapping the area.
Parties were also held for visiting US marines that year.

122 Overport Rd, Frankston SouthA large formal dining room is included.

122 Overport Rd, Frankston SouthThe stylish kitchen features Miele and Ilve appliances.

And in 1939 Russian ballerinas stranded in Australia by the war gave an impromptu performance on the front lawn.
The house was protected from 1939 Black Friday fires, and in the 1940s and ’50s politicians, academics, overseas guests and golfers could be found relaxing on the veranda.

Today, the 6200sq m property blends old-world charm and modern style. It features detailed ceilings, original light fittings, exposed bricks and oak floors.
There are six bedrooms, including a main in its own wing, plus three bathrooms, three living areas, a grand dining hall and a stylish kitchen with Miele and Ilve appliances.

122 Overport Rd, Frankston SouthA shady veranda offers space to entertain.

122 Overport Rd, Frankston SouthA decked swimming pool is outdoors, surrounded by lawn and gardens.

Outside, a patio provides space to entertain and there’s a pool, gardens and lawns worthy of a summer soiree.
The glimpse of the city skyline makes New Year’s Eve fireworks a special sight.
Two carports and a double garage are included.
Expressions of interest close December 10.

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