Museum-like mansion smashes Victorian property record

The house has never been lived in.

The house has never been lived in. Photo: Domain

Christmas has come early for the owners of a Melbourne mansion that sold for $26.5 million – beating the previous price record for Victoria.

The four-bedroom house at 9 Towers Road, Toorak, was owned by Melbourne couple Daniel and Danielle Besen and reportedly cost more than $20 million to build.

The couple, well-known entrepreneurs and arts patrons, are members of the billionaire rich-list family behind women’s clothing label Sussan.

A Toorak local snapped up the house, which has yet to be lived in, amid competition from seven other local families, reported Domain.

See the incredible property below:

Resembling a modern art museum, the oval-shaped residence comes complete with a media room, gallery, library, six-car garage, library, heated pool and “wine lounge”.

Set on a 2300sqm block, the house is windowless from the outside, providing complete privacy on the corner of two of Melbourne’s most sought-after streets.


The bathroom is a huge, marble paradise. Photo: Domain

Each bedroom comes with its own en suite and huge walk-in wardrobe.

The pad hit the market in October with a list price of $30 million, and despite failing to hit that target, it did supersede the $26 million sale of clifftop Portsea house Ilyuka in 2010.


The kitchen at 9 Towers Road, Toorak. Photo: Marshall White

It also beat the previous record for a Melbourne property – held by the Smorgon family’s $24.1 million mansion in Robertson Street, Toorak.

Real estate agent Marshall White described the property as an “architectural icon without peer”.

The large, open living room features an open fire place. Photo: Domain

The large, open living room features an open fire place. Photo: Domain

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