Real Estate

Media high-flyer lists Toorak mansion with eight-figure price hopes

Written by The ReReport
As seen in the Source link, written by news.com.au on 2019-03-15 14:31:04

Prominent media executive David Evans has listed his sprawling Toorak mansion with $11.5-$12.5 million price hopes.

The former president and chief executive of US broadcast companies Fox Television and Crown Media Holdings has owned Koonda at 4 Heyington Place with wife Jean for almost 16 years.

CoreLogic records show the 1800sq m property, featuring a solid brick 1930s mansion, last sold for $4.37 million in 2003.

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Mr Evans first rose to prominence as chief executive of Channel 9 in the 1980s.

He went on to spend two decades in the US, working as News Corporation executive vice-president in addition to his high-end roles at Fox and Crown Media, the latter which owns and operates the Hallmark Channels.

Mr Evans also lived in the UK for almost two years, where he was an executive director at British Sky Broadcasting, and served on the Village Roadshow and Fairfax Media boards upon returning to Australia in the 2000s.

Kay & Burton chairman Gerald Delany said Mr Evans’ Toorak home was renovated and extended in the 1980s, and remained in “very good shape”.

The four upstairs bedrooms include a luxe main featuring a walk-in wardrobe and a day spa-inspired ensuite with a claw foot bath, marble shower, gas fireplace and TV.

The ground floor has two living and dining areas, two rumpus rooms, a kitchen with a Viking freestanding stove and island bench, plus a refined study with a circular glass roof, meeting area and private terrace.

Mr Delany said “keen tennis player” Mr Evans had loved the floodlit mod-grass tennis court, which joins a pool and established gardens on the home’s vast grounds.

The vendor and his wife had also enjoyed spending time with their grandchildren in the family room, which has floor-to-ceiling windows looking out to a reflection pond.

Mr Delany said the standout property had already drawn strong inquiry. Parents with children at the nearby St Catherine’s School and Melbourne-based Asian-background buyers looking to upgrade were expected to be its main contenders.

“There are very few homes of this type on the market, if any,” he said.

“The land size is not easy to achieve at the moment”.

The property’s expressions of interest campaign closes April 2.

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