Pollster Gary Morgan sells Sunnyside in East Melbourne

Pollster Gary Morgan sells Sunnyside in East Melbourne
Pollster Gary Morgan sells Sunnyside in East Melbourne

It's something of musical chairs amid the mansions of East Melbourne, though they allow in outsiders from Mont Albert. Pollster Gary Morgan's East Melbourne mansion, Sunnyside, has been sold through Jock Langley, of Abercromby's Real Estate, but the details remain sketchy.

It is likely to sold for close to $7 million. Title Tattle gleans it has been bought by Sheree Robinson from Mont Albert who lodged a caveat over the property title sat month pursuant to its upcoming settlement.

The 1864 property on George Street, had been listed for sale by international tender in March last year with expectations of more than $10 million.

The Victorian residence, designed by Charles Webb with its striking façade, has eighteen principle rooms. 

It includes large, north facing reception rooms, a romantic drawing room, library and study, inviting informal living areas and a well equipped kitchen.

There is a private lawn, swimming pool and stables that offer pavilion entertaining and a self-contained apartment.

Last September the London style Georgian mansion Amberley, set just across the road, was sold for $10.2 million. Set on 902 square metres, it was built in 1886 offering a lifestyle reminiscent of inner London.

The George Street six bedroom offering was marketed as arguably "the finest home, in the finest street, in the most sought after suburb in Melbourne."

The technology millionaires Evan Thornley and Tracey Ellery sold Amberley through Kay & Burton for the $10.2 million to the McKeon family who are longtime locals.

It last traded at $7.1 million in 2002 when sold by Krystyna Campbell-Pretty and her husband, Harold, chairman of market research group, Amberley Corporation after their 20 year ownership.

Peter and Maureen McKeon's prior nearby house was designed by the architect Leonard Terry, responsible other fine buildings such as the Melbourne Club. It sold for $6.35 million last year. Braemar, the 1865 grand Victorian mansion, with hints of Georgian influence, was marketed an imposing bluestone home built for William Bowen on 1,018 square metres. It was bought by Wayne Sidwell.

The Morgan's aren't going far either having bullishly purchased Claverings, the $5,155,000 Victorian villa in March last year.

Meanwhile another house with the same name, Sunnyside, one of the grandest homes to line Sydney Harbour, Sunnyside remains listed for sale. The 1857 sandstone home is set on 1,250 square metres of gardens.

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor is one of Australia's most respected property journalists, having been at the top of the game since the early 1980s. Jonathan co-founded the property industry website Property Observer and has written for national and international publications.

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