Beville family list $25m unrenovated Melbourne mansion

The Whernside Avenue block spreads 1620 square metres.

Keith Beville – the son of Leo and Rae, who established the eponymous jewellery chain, originally as a homewares store in Bourke Street, 89 years ago – and his wife, Deidre, are selling their 1960s Toorak home after five decades.

North facing views from the 1960s Toorak home.

One of 11 dwellings on tree-lined Whernside Avenue, between Albany and Hopetoun roads, considered the suburb’s most exclusive pocket, the 1620 square metre holding with a tennis court and pool carries $23-$25 million price hopes.

Slightly sloping, the block offers north facing suburb views.

A sprawling two storey, four bedroom home retains many original features including cabinetry and detailed sliding screens.

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The property lends itself to a new build with the existing dwelling not heritage protected.

The holding is near a renovated family home on 2125 sqm at #34 which the Alfasi family sold for $33.5m in April.

Little Milton, next to that, on the north east corner of Albany, also changed hands, 11 months ago, for $28m to an Asia based buyer (story continues below).

The Alfasi family recently sold 1 Whernside Avenue for $33.5 million.

Former Publicity Press managing director Ross Copeland and his wife, Gina, were those sellers.

Heloise Waislitz, daughter of Jeanne and late Richard Pratt, also bought into the street, in 2021 paying $22m for a contemporary dwelling on 1596 sqm.

Lisa Thurin, the daughter of Chadstone Shopping Centre co-owner, John Gandel, and her husband, David, are also on the row; their holding, bought 15 years ago, spreads 3652 sqm.

Next to them is the landmark Whernside mansion, owned for decades by Rosie Lew, the ex-wife of Solomon – speculated to be worth well over $100m.

RT Edgar’s Antoinette Nido and Jeremy Fox are representing the Bevilles.

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Marc Pallisco

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