A Federation beauty steeped in history has hit the market after its owners completed a full overhaul and an incredible extension.
Two eras blend seamlessly into one at this palatial Brighton mansion at 8 Black St, which has a $13-$14 million price guide.
The owners, a mining executive and his wife, are expected to make a windfall on the property they bought for $5.125 million in 2010, according to CoreLogic.
The couple spent more than $1.5 million on a renovation and extension, completing the grand five-bedroom masterpiece.
The facelift on the original 1888 residence also included installing a new roof, adding in airconditioning, a lift and an indoor pool and spa.
Marble fireplaces, timber cabinets and decorative ceilings retain the traditional, old-world design.
Buxton Brighton agent Halli Moore said the owners had “really ramped up the luxury” and it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for buyers.
The outdoor entertainment areas were a highlight, he added.
“You have everything anyone needs to host a party from the fitted gas heater and built in cabinetry to the Vintec wine fridges, outdoor dishwasher and Capital barbecue; it really is an entertainer’s haven,” Mr Moore said.
After renovations completed in 2014, the property won three HIA awards — two for the best renovation and extension and one for the best house design.
The sprawling 2027sq m residence was first built for Edward A’Beckett, the brother of renowned Victorian Supreme Court judge Thomas A’Beckett.
The heritage-listed abode still has a study, formal living and dining room found at the front and a century-old oak tree in the gardens.
If the property changes hands within its eye-watering asking price guide, it will be the most expensive sale in Brighton so far this year.
But the opulent property is not the priciest house on the exclusive suburb’s market — a tired waterfront mansion at 1 Bay St has a $20-$22 million asking price.
The Black St estate is for private sale with expressions of interest closing April 17.
— with Samantha Landy
SUBURB PROFILE: Brighton