Mornington Peninsula Top 5 Homes for Sale

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Mornington Peninsula Top 5 Homes for Sale


Number One: Pasadera


Researching the “top 5 peninsula homes for sale” is easy; just google property for sale over 10 million smackers on the Mornington Peninsula and up pops “Pasadera” located on Frankston Flinders Road in Shoreham. “google makes anyone an awesome researcher”

There’s a touch of the Downtown Abby as you drive up the tree lined entrance; through  the front courtyard at the front of the home. You you see yourself; top hat and tails or perhaps in your hunting jacket, jodhpurs and riding boots, crop in one hand the other outstretched supporting your beautiful and loving wife as she alights the carriage drawn by 4 black Arabian stallions. A car seems somewhat out of place.

Pasadera is more than one of the most impressive properties on the peninsula. The dwellings and grounds literally radiate having a profound influence on all who visit; forged by a man named Bill, a character and a gentleman;  and the masterful instincts of the property owner Mr. Rusty French. Many would know Rusty, he owns and operates Skye Sands; and is best known for his achievements in motor sport. Rusty; who’s most comfortable having a coffee at the local café in Pearcedale; needed somebody to care for the property and found his custodian and now close confidant and friend, Bill (surname withheld); sitting on a council mower, cutting back the weeds from Mornington Tyabb Road. “That man is a good mower” he said; “he needs to work for me!” Using the lure of a brand new John Deere;  Rusty approached Bill with the prospect of leaving the council and taking up residence at Pasadera.  According to Bill the John Deere was a big incentive but he didn’t fall over with his legs in the air; Rusty had to put in a bit of work to get him over the line. After a robust negotiation in the homes wood-lined walled study, it was agreed that, for his services; Bill would receive accommodation, money for grub, a tank of fuel a week for his ute, beer rations of two cans, per day and the unwritten agreement of being left alone to do his work.

That was five years ago and now Bill, a single lad pushing 70, lives on the property in the caretakers’ house and tends to the upkeep of 115 acres of horse paddocks, orchards and vineyard as if he was navigating his own child through adolescence. Under his watch the grape harvest has doubled, the grounds are immaculate, the flora and fauna are alive, well-watered and thriving. Now single ladies before you make your booking at Brazilian Butterfly he isn’t the type you’ll find on Elite Singles Dating App; comfortable in his blundstone boots, footy socks, tradie shorts and flannel with his worn plastic ciggy case popping its head out of his top pocket. Sure, in his mind he’s a looker; he’s got an exceptional eye for horse flesh, a sharp mind, and can spot a pest from a mile away, but very happy in his own company, tending the horses and sitting on his old rocker enjoying an evening beverage.

Since Rusty plucked him off the council mower, trust; the kindness of men who’ve lived life on their terms and an uncompromising care for the place has seen the lads  fashion a property where the external atmosphere only need be inhaled and breathed into the dwellings to aliven this prestigious and unique peninsula landholding.

From a practical standpoint; Pasadera is a gold mine and awaits those with the entrepreneurial spirit. If you think the main house is inspiring the commercial applications will put lead in your pencil.  There’s opportunity to expand the already bountiful vine capacity, converting the stables into a cellar door/restaurant; grassed areas; tailormade for dinning marquees, parties and weddings.  If living on site; is not on your radar the scope for a corporate retreat, upmarket hotel and winery or equestrian enterprise is mind blowing; you can even land a helicopter on the front lawn.  Most won’t see the scene from a Charles Dickens novel, but those with a commercial drive should take note; this is a special place where between Bill and Rusty the spirit is there; you just need to pick up the ball and take a throw at the stumps.

Currently for sale through RT Edgar Flinders; Michael Parker priced between $13.75M – $15M it’s an investment that will endure the test of time.
Interest parties contact Michael Ph: 0428 540 500

Number Two: 5 Irvine Avenue Mount Martha


Considering other options this one coming in at number two may surprise a few.  5 Irvine Avenue Mount Martha is one for taste; some will love it; others prefer the Hollywood to the History. Located down a delightful gravel country lane right behind the Mount Martha tennis courts, skipping stone throw to south beach the location is right in the sweet spot of the best of Mount Martha. The façade draws you into a fairy tale, gabled peaked roofs peeping over the top of a bountiful treed front garden and the white gates protective and welcoming separating the home from those around. Mysterious and inviting, a juxtaposition that sums up older Mount Martha.

Built for the sisters of the Allen’s confectionary dynasty back in 1933, she’s changed hands a few times and had a couple of make overs. Our children’s recent obsessions with the American tradition of Halloween would have seen this property as the must visit scare home back in the day.  Could you image the Allen’s sisters living in this home in this era; they’d be a conga line stretching from Main Street Mornington along the Esplanade up Prescot Avenue loaded with kids dressed as skeletons, witches and goblins all waiting, basket in hand to knock on the door of the biggest lolly holder on the peninsula.

The property has class; for lovers of older architecture who soak up stories of bygone times and the feel of old world charm where one can relax knowing the homes ghosts are good ones. Advertised as 5 bedrooms; including a beautifully appointed self-contained cottage; the master is enormous and takes in its own fireplace and views of the landscaped garden.  The country style kitchen speaks of food and laughter and the dinning room connected through a set of stunning styled concertina glass doors opens to the outdoor patio and inground pool.

If I had the coin this would be the home for me.  Great location, lovely tree lined and private avenue, water views, walk to the beach, open fire places and a manageable ¾ acre landholding where you can get lost in the garden; is just the ticket.  Marketed by Marcus Gollings of McEwing&Partners real estate.

Sorry folks; this property has just sold, price undisclosed.

Number Three: 48 Hunts Road Tuerong


Tuerong is just a short canter from the vibrancy of Mornington, only a small populous but a highly inventive one pursuing the arts of horse breeding, cattle farming, grape growing and wine making.  Steeped in agricultural distinction somehow it maintained its aloofness from the peninsula’s more recognised brands.  Coming in at number 3 is 48 Hunts Road Tuerong.  When you know about horses and I don’t mean the ones that tear around the turf at Flemington sucking you into a game of Russian Roulette; but the elegant world of equestrian, where pedigree is seen in the plaited mane and upright tails of horses who know they’re the best, you’ll fall in love with this incredible property.

Set on 11 bore watered acres; the vivid greenery intersected by fenced paddocks creates a view of converging lines crisscrossing lush undulating terrain all the way to the rear of the of property. Along the main homestead; traditional Mediterranean plantings work tunefully with the dwellings Tuscan design; the external pictorial, matched internally where tasteful colour palettes are skilfully introduced. The kitchen has a bit of Shirley Bassey about it; Earthy tones, lime, timbre, surrounding the shadowy double free-standing oven; Oh! what a heart. You just want to get on with cooking and extracting the corks from the best cellared vintages. Although the homes footprint is large the floorplan is friendly. The home’s owner; Mrs Felicity Wischer; speaks of the rooms, upstairs and down, private yet connected, there’s no need to text your children to let them know dinner is ready; conversation can flow or alternatively when you need your own space; there’s a room just right for that time too. Her favourite is the formal lounge, a winters afternoon haven where keeping the open fire burning through the colder months is a non-negotiable. After a days riding settling into the sounds of crackling wood; knowing her steed is fed, watered and blissfully tender from his workout is a treat that keeps on giving. The landscaped gardens around the pool, provide just the right mix of colour, scent and grassed spaces. Large enough for a game of backyard cricket on Christmas day; where dads and uncles bowling off a long run, glass of local Pinot in  hand somehow have learnt to commentate in Rastafarian. The 12-year-old nephew tapping his bat on the crease wondering if uncle Allen will ever bowl so he can hook a flyer into the pool and watch his cousins leap for a KFC classic catch whilst performing an 8/10 belly flop.

The property is for those who know how to make it work for them.  Stylish for the sophisticated taste; friendly for the those who crave the company and peaceful for the melancholy to connect with the land; their books and the vegi garden. The home will set you back around $4M however you just can’t buy this style of property in this location without digging into the glovebox of your Jaguar.

Marketed by Tom Barr Smith and Meg Pell from Kay & Burton it’s the perfect long term residence. Give Tom a call 0438 368 020


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