Lleyton Hewitt’s former luxury West Lakes home is being served up for sale again – five years after it was sold for a loss.
The South Australian tennis ace sold the waterfront mansion in 2014 for almost $2.2 million, after having bought it in 2003 for $3.2 million. It had been on the market for five years when it was purchased by businessman Emmanouel Pishas.
The three-bedroom property at 29 Martin Court is being sold by Klemich Real Estate, with expressions of interest closing on February 18. No price guide has been advertised.
The lakeside home boasts a heated indoor pool, three bars, a feature waterfall, gym and cinema room.
Mr Pishas, who is moving to Prospect for family and business reasons, said he had loved living at the 801sqm property.
“To find a house that has this amount of open space is very hard,” he said.
“When I walked through the front doors for the first time I knew straight away I needed to live here. I’ll miss it because of the tranquillity. If I sit up in my office … you can see the lake and the rowers. As a home office you can’t beat this – it’s amazing.”
Mr Pishas said he had “spent a fair bit” on the property during his time there, including installing a 60-panel 15kW solar system, changing all the lighting and updating the audio-visual equipment.
“Even though the house was still new, it was old in the sense that the televisions were all analog and I had to put digital and new cinema equipment in. He had a massive TV downstairs but it was useless.”
The home came into the spotlight in June last year when police were called to the address to investigate an alleged molotov cocktail attack.
Mr Pishas said the incident was minor and may have been related to its high-profile former owner.
“But honestly, it’s peaceful and quiet and I’ve had no issues – and I wouldn’t swap living on the lake where I am now for anywhere else on the oceanfront,” he said.
Lead agent Penny Riggs said the property was “ahead of its time” and perfect for the entertainer.
“It is magnificent and the position is just stunning … the position of the house orientates towards the water so it’s a beautiful aspect,” she said.
“It really has been designed for the entertainer. It’s got this amazing covered outdoor entertaining area with a built-in kitchen and bar so he would have been one of the first in Adelaide to have that designed into a house.”
And while the property doesn’t want for much, there is one glaring omission.
“No, there’s no tennis court,” Ms Riggs said.
“Lleyton must have trained elsewhere … but there is the indoor swimming pool.”