TV writer Martin McKenna is selling Elwood home with an advertised price of $10.5million
Screenwriter Martin McKenna and his wife Deborah Barlow say “it’s over” their stay at a posh Elwood home that may have set a suburban record.
Filmmaker Martin McKenna and his philanthropist wife Deborah Barlow have sold their opulent Victorian Elwood home, named after the great-aunt of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
McKenna has worked on Neighbours, All Saints, Stingers, Packed to the Rafters as a writer and on the Corelli miniseries with Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness.
The circa 1891 house at 6 Dickens St – featuring a gold-wallpapered music room, sauna, swimming pool, formal lounge, gym and cellar – was sold in July.
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The home was advertised with a price tag of $10.5 million, but its selling price was not disclosed.
Elwood’s current house price record of $9.4 million was set by 31 Ormond Esplanade last year, according to CoreLogic records.
Ms Barlow and McKenna bought the mansion for $6.55 million in 2015.
The house, originally built for a former mayor of St Kilda, was named ‘Trefusis’ after the late English socialite and author Violet Trefusis, whose sister Sonia was grandmother to Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and wife of Prince Charles.
A character in Virginia Woolf’s 1928 novel Orlando was based on Trefusis, known for her romance with fellow writer Vita Sackville-West.
Trefusis received France’s highest honour, the Legion d’Honneur, for participating in La France Libre broadcasts during World War II, which urged French defense personnel to fight against the Nazis.
The five bedroom Elwood House named after Trefusis contains 4m high ceilings, ornate arched walkways and decorative wall detailing.
The kitchen includes a marble bench, built-in bar and pantry with secondary dishwasher and wine fridge.
Outside, a grassy basketball court and a three-car garage.
RT manager Edgar Toorak, Sarah Case, and agent Chelsie Cargill declined to comment on the sale.
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