Cunana, Merricks relisted with subdued hopes given Mornington Peninsula prestige malaise

Cunana, Merricks relisted with subdued hopes given Mornington Peninsula prestige malaise
Cunana, Merricks relisted with subdued hopes given Mornington Peninsula prestige malaise

Cunana, the iconic property situated in Merricks, has been relisted but with subdued hopes reflecting the malaise which is the prestige Mornington Peninsula property market.

It came with $12 million plus hopes in late 2011, and now relisted through Jock Langley, of Abercromby's, there's $6 million plus expectations for its 18 May auction.

It was completed in 2007, after four years of planning and construction, to a design by architect Alfred de Bruyne of SJB Architects, with SJB Interiors completing the interior design.

It got its own website on its 2011 offering.

There are just the seven listings in Merricks, but RP Data notes 1,400 house listings currently for sale across the peninsula.

The house sits in 11 hectares of land on one of the highest points of the peninsula and includes two hectares of landscaped gardens, orchards and a vegetable garden. There is also croquet lawn and a boule court.

Its deluxe design was no doubt influenced by the vendor, Peter Edwards who held a senior position at a leading luxury hotel and resort group for many years.

Extensive use of glass had created an intimate relationship between the house and its surroundings. The three glass sides offer three different views of the ocean, vineyards and rolling hills.

Rammed earth bricks, which were made on site using Victorian earth and clay, have been juxtaposed with glass to create clean lines and an original design. Grey ironbark has been used throughout the house, including the flooring timber, bookshelves and pool surround.

The highly skilled art of Venetian stucco work has been applied to the internal walls to give the plaster a marble-like sheen. The property sleeps 14 people, including a master suite with dressing room and two self-contained apartments, which would be suitable for families, long-term guests or live-in staff.

Five kitchens and two large terraces offer entertaining opportunities. There’s an indoor pool, gym, and games room complete with arcade machines and a private cinema.

The district's last big sale was last year when Jacks Ridge, the Merricks North house designed by Robert Boyle, was sold by the Jack family.

The 18-hectare Junction Road property has elegant parklands, along with extensive beds of roses and perennials, Manchurian pear avenue, a box-bordered English lavender parterre and croquet lawn and golf green.

The stone-and-timber four-bedroom house with wrap-around veranda overlooks vineyards and Port Phillip Bay in the distance.

There are vineyards of chardonnay on one side of the homestead and pinot noir on the other. The vines were planted around 1996. The Mornington Peninsula property comes with guest accomodation.

Fletchers Canterbury agent Rob Fletcher had $6 million hopes, with its sale price revealing $4.8 million to insurance broking veteran Brian Austin.

An earlier version of this article incorrectly gave a prior conjunctional agent.


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