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Molotov cocktails: Scary history of Lleyton Hewitt’s former home

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As the Australian Open reaches fever pitch, an opportunity to live like one of Australia’s biggest tennis stars has hit the market. 

Lleyton Hewitt’s former home with wife Bec was sold for a loss five years ago and has returned to the market again. Hewitt bought the West Lakes mansion in 2003 for $3.2 million, before selling it for $2.2 million in 2014. 

Now, its current owner has decided to list the characterful home once again. 

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Located in Adelaide’s waterfront suburb West Lakes, the three bedroom home features bold design, including a fully-tiled indoor pool and spa with Greek-inspired feature wall, and a huge cinema room. 

The home also has a large water feature mimicking a mountain, complete with Greek statues. 

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“[This is] an iconic West Lakes property set overlooking the finish line of the Olympic size rowing course with a prestigious Island Point address,” the listing from Klemich reads. 

“With over 760sqm of living, this magnificent property was previously owned by Australian tennis legend, Lleyton Hewitt.”

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The home also has a 15 kilowatt solar system provided by 60 panels and a home gym overlooking the pool and river outdoors.

However, the home’s history isn’t entirely tranquil. 

Police were last year called to the property to investigate why a molotov cocktail was thrown at the property. While it caused minimal damage and the small fire was quickly extinguished, the police at the time believed the incident was not random.

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Despite this, the home’s owner did not consider the attack a major incident.

"When you think about the commotion of it from last night, I don't know why the fire brigade came to be honest with you, have you seen the mark on the wall?" the home’s owner told the ABC at the time.

Today, the owner considers the incident might have been related to Hewitt formerly living there.

“But honestly, it’s peaceful and quiet and I’ve had no issues – and I wouldn’t swap living on the lake where I am now for anywhere else on the oceanfront,” he told realestate.com.au.

The home is open on Saturday 18 January for viewing.

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