A jaw-dropping Surrey Hills estate in near-original condition has been quickly snapped up in a private sale.
The Victorian-Italianate mansion, previously owned by book scholar Peter Nicholls and his wife, editor Clare Coney, changed hands late last year after a speedy campaign.
CoreLogic data shows Monserrat, at 26A Wandsworth Rd, sold for an undisclosed price after three weeks on the market.
The sprawling property from the 1880s had a $3.7-$4.07 million price guide, making the fast sale for the prestige property even more impressive.
Marshall White agent Hamish Tostevin did not respond to Leader’s request for comment.
He previously said the mansion’s incredible library with a cathedral ceiling and hanging pendant lights was an incredible quality of the home.
“The property is in very good condition and there have been a lot of sticky beakers coming to see inside,” Mr Tostevin said.
An unusual Spanish staircase that leads to a rooftop observation deck with views to the city is another highlight of the 2200sq m estate. Iron lacework verandas, decorative ceilings, marble open fireplaces and an underground wine cellar also add old-world charm.
The heritage home was designed by renowned architect-owner George Jobbins in 1888. It is also linked to the Parer family, who emigrated from Spain around the time it was built.
The premium property also beat its nearby neighbour at 50 Wandsworth Rd to a buyer.
The similarly grand estate, built in the same year as Montserrat, was thrust onto the market in October last year with $4 million price hopes.
It was withdrawn from sale early in 2019.
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