Dion Hershan buys JB Hi-Fi boss’ Toorak mansion for less than asking price
The four-level home with wooden panelling and floorboards on 2420 square metres was built in 1908 by architect Rodney Alsop for financier and politician Sir Edward Millar.
It was built in the so-called arts and crafts movement style which, from the late 1800s, produced a Gothic style of home with gabled roofs, prominent eaves, lots of windows, wide open spaces and artisan features, according to Domain.
“These are so much more open plan – which didn’t come into being again until the 1960s – they had doors sliding into cavities that could open up rooms and windows that opened to the outdoors. It was an enlightened architecture, well ahead of its time,” architect Peter Crone told Domain in 2016.
The home, extensively renovated by former owners Equipsuper chairman Andrew Fairley and board adviser Jane Stuchberry – a 2006 permit allowed a $575,000 extension – has a cellar, floodlit championship tennis court and swimming pool.
“The stately entrance leads to a grand two-storey foyer connecting to a series of expansive formal living, dining and entertaining rooms, all intricately detailed and beautifully appointed,” the sales description says.
The modern kitchen has a butler’s pantry and six of the bedrooms have renovated ensuites. The main bedroom has a separate dressing room. A separate wing offers space for studies, retreats or additional accommodation and a gymnasium.
It is not known what will become of Mr Hershan’s current Toorak home on Linlithgow Road, which records show his wife Amy purchased for $8.25 million in May 2013.