Hotly Controversial Sale of 131-Year-Old Mansion Owned by Autobarn Co-Founder

A 131-year-old mansion formerly owned by the late Autobarn co-founder Garry Dumbrell has set a new record price for Hawthorn East.

Dumbrell’s family put the 1891-built home called ‘Ellerslie’ at 16 Harcourt St on the market in August with a demand range of $18.5 million – $19.5 million.

Marcus Chiminello, director of Marshall White Stonnington, declined to comment on the price, but industry sources confirmed it sold near the top of the requested range earlier this month.

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This makes Ellerslie the most expensive home in Hawthorn East, beating its own record $16.5 million in 2017, CoreLogic records show.

Set in a 3,340 m² garden, the townhouse was designed by renowned architect John Beswicke. The house features six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a swimming pool, mod-grass tennis court, bar, stained glass windows, high ceilings and a pointed facade with a Gothic tower.

Mr Chiminello said the owners of Ellerslie had renovated the impressive house in keeping with its historic charm.

One of the master bedroom’s walk-in closets contains a “spectacular” custom-designed shoe cabinet.

Mr Chiminello said the property was ideal for entertaining and could easily accommodate parties of up to 500 guests.

He said the expression of interest process to buy the house was “hotly contested” with five offers submitted.

“It was bought by a local family who were about to start their own renovation but decided to get something ready to go instead,” said Mr Chiminello.

“They loved all that space, the land and the privacy it offered.”

Garry Dumbrell, two-time Bathurst 1000 starter, died in 2021 at age 64, more than a decade after being diagnosed with cancer.

Garry was the father of now retired Super2 and Supercars Championship winner Paul Dumbrell and Lucas Dumbrell, a former racing driver who founded his own racing team.

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