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$10,000 a week: Inside the grand Melbourne mansion up for rent

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253-257 Domain Road South Yarra VIC 3141. (Source: Domain/Prestige Homes)
253-257 Domain Road South Yarra VIC 3141. (Source: Domain/Prestige Homes)

A mansion with a tennis court, a billiard table, a grand piano, and your own private pool.

This could be yours to enjoy – if you’ve got a cool $10,000 a week to drop on rent.

Poolman House’ is a stunning mansion based in Melbourne’s South Yarra giving a whole new meaning to lockdown with six bedrooms, five bathrooms, and a garage that can safely house six vehicles.

The Italianate Victorian mansion was built in the 1900s and sits on 2,753 square metres of land just a stone’s throw away from Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens.

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There’s little chance of getting bored during a snap lockdown inside this residence, with several sitting rooms – complete with their own fireplaces – and several recreational options by way of the tennis courts, the pool and the billiard table.

253-257 Domain Road South Yarra VIC 3141. (Source: Domain/Prestige Homes)
253-257 Domain Road South Yarra VIC 3141. (Source: Domain/Prestige Homes)
253-257 Domain Road South Yarra VIC 3141. (Source: Domain/Prestige Homes)
253-257 Domain Road South Yarra VIC 3141. (Source: Domain/Prestige Homes)

The Domain listing states the residence is available now – but you’ll need to dig up $60,000 for the bond.

With that kind of figure, you’re well on your way to saving for a house deposit.

The house was built in 1865 and named after the estate’s owner of several decades, Ernest Poolman.

Walking into the estate, you’re greeted by a stunning foyer with a staircase that takes you to living spaces and a separate dining space.

253-257 Domain Road South Yarra VIC 3141. (Source: Domain/Prestige Homes)
253-257 Domain Road South Yarra VIC 3141. (Source: Domain/Prestige Homes)
253-257 Domain Road South Yarra VIC 3141. (Source: Domain/Prestige Homes)
253-257 Domain Road South Yarra VIC 3141. (Source: Domain/Prestige Homes)
253-257 Domain Road South Yarra VIC 3141. (Source: Domain/Prestige Homes)
253-257 Domain Road South Yarra VIC 3141. (Source: Domain/Prestige Homes)

There’s also a separate study room, and all four bathrooms are encased in marble.

The house would be ideal for big families with school-aged children and is close to South Yarra Primary School, Melbourne Grammar, Christchurch Grammar and Melbourne Girls Grammar.

Melbourne’s central business district, cricket ground and tennis centre are also nearby (though you might not need to use that facility given it has its own).

The house was sold earlier this year for $20 million to a hotel consortium that has plans to redevelop the property, according to Domain.

253-257 Domain Road South Yarra VIC 3141. (Source: Domain/Prestige Homes)
253-257 Domain Road South Yarra VIC 3141. (Source: Domain/Prestige Homes)

Prestige Homes agent Sean Cussell, has been tasked with leasing it for 12 months until development commences and said he hasn’t seen a “property of this calibre being offered for rent before”.

“It’s one of the most unique opportunities of its kind in Melbourne,” Cussell said.

“We expect it will likely be rented to a family perhaps undertaking a renovation of their own home or a returning expat family,” he added.

253-257 Domain Road South Yarra VIC 3141. (Source: Domain/Prestige Homes)
253-257 Domain Road South Yarra VIC 3141. (Source: Domain/Prestige Homes)

Before being sold for development, the mansion was owned by aged care developer and ex-Richmond Football Club board member John Matthies’ Gayford Investments.

Children of the previous owners had grown up, and they were looking to sell the home to downsize, said Cussell.

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