43 Mary St, Hawthorn, a home with Anzac history, has sold at auction for more than $8 million.
A Hawthorn property with links to a captivating Anzac story has sold at auction for more than $8 million.
More than 100 years ago, the grand circa-1886 house at 43 Mary St was home to James Martin, known as the youngest Australian to die at war.
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The circa-1886 house known as Forres was once home to James Martin, the youngest known Anzac to die at war.
Three bidders competed for the property in a twilight auction on November 15 and it is understood to have sold for $8.65 million.
“All three bidders were bidding over $8 million,” said Jellis Craig Hawthorn director Richard Winneke said. “It’s a very good, positive sign there’s still plenty of money in the top end of the market.”
Mr Winneke said the bidders were Boroondara locals.
The home pairs classic spaces with contemporary style.
He said as well as being one of Hawthorn’s highest sales this year, it had also been a standout auction result.
“It would probably be one of the highest priced properties ever sold at auction in Boroondara,” Mr Winneke said. “A lot of properties sold at that price point and above tend to be expressions of interest or private sale.”
Extended and restored by local architect John O’Loughlin, it also features a modern-open plan living space.
James Martin was just 14 and living at the Mary St home, where his mother ran a boarding house for some years, when he enlisted for service in April 1915, claiming to be 18 years old. After being deployed to Egypt then Gallipoli, he died of typhoid that October.
The Australian War Memorial has commemorated the young soldier’s story and his name is recorded at the Lone Pine Memorial. The Mary St house was described in the 2001 book, Soldier Boy by Anthony Hill.
The marble kitchen is a highlight.
The grand house, known as Forres, is in the prized Grace Park precinct. Modernised and restored by local architect John O’Loughlin, it features original expansive living and entertainment areas, a marble kitchen, six bedrooms, five bathrooms, a study, gym, and cellar.
A rooftop widow’s walk with vast views, north-facing gardens and a pool are also included.
Mr Winneke said twilight auctions offered sellers a great alternative to weekends at this point in the year.
“It’s a point of difference and also we find it works well because there’s no kids’ sport on, it’s after work, and during daylight savings so it’s light,” he said.