Toorak at Home With ‘Ultimate Aladdin’s Cave’ Listings for Over $12 Million
A Toorak luxury house with an underground garage “Aladdin’s cave” hit the market with a price tag of $12-12.8 million.
The garage has a James Bond-style entrance – a cantilevered door that opens upwards from the ground – which is invisible unless a car enters or exits.
7 Ottawa Road, Toorak VIC 3142
“This is Aladdin’s ultimate hidden cave,” said Robert Fletcher, sales agent for Forbes Global Properties. “I mean, how many houses do you visit where the front yard lifts up to drive your car there? It’s definitely a bit exciting.
In addition to the special garage, which can park up to six cars, the French-inspired three-bedroom house at 7 Ottawa Road also has an art gallery, wine cellar and laundry room under the house.
With a central foyer, fireplaces, and French doors and windows, the house’s street-side entrance is equally impressive. It also has a swimming pool and outdoor entertaining area.
Fletcher said the historic house was built around 30 years ago by Peter Rowland of the Peter Rowland Group, which has staged some of Melbourne’s most famous sporting events, such as the Melbourne Cup racing carnival and the Australian Grand Prix.
When his struggling restaurant business in 2017Rowland sold the house to fellow foodies Frank van Haandel and his wife, Sharon, owners of restaurants including Stokehouse in St Kilda.
The couple paid $8.65 million for the home, before selling it to the current seller in 2019, for $11.1 million, records show.
Fletcher said the seller didn’t use the house as a primary residence and was selling it because it was “surplus to his needs.”
“The property has only had three owners since the Rowlands built it, so it’s one of those properties where the next owner could be there for a long time,” he said.
Fletcher said the house is one of Toorak’s signature properties.
“I think it’s one of those homes that people often say, ‘when it’s available, I’d love to own it,'” he said.
“I responded to a query today from someone interstate who is familiar with the Melbourne property and they had missed it the last time it came up for sale and said that they would like to buy it when it becomes available.”
The house is selling through expressions of interest, which close Monday, June 20 at 5 p.m.