Mal Brown lists Hawthorn East townhouse

Mal Brown famously told off journalists for visiting him unannounced – posted in this 2013 YouTube video: How to deal with annoying reporters Australian style.

Postscript: this home sold at auction for $1.465 million.

Former Victorian Football League player Mal Brown is selling his Hawthorn East townhouse and moving to the Mornington Peninsula.

The Melbourne property at 4/2 Myrniong Grove is expected to trade for between $1.3- $1.4 million.

The listing comes nearly two months since Mr Brown’s wife, Kay, died after a three year battle with ovarian cancer.

The pair’s son, Campbell, is a former Hawthorn and Gold Coast Suns player (in the competition now known as Australian Football League). The couple also have a daughter.

Described by Ken Piesse in book Football Legends of the Bush as “one of the most colourful and controversial characters of the game,” Mr Brown turns 73 this year.

The sportsman moved to Melbourne from Perth in 1974 to play with the Richmond Football Club – but did not represent the team in that year’s Grand Final because he was suspended for throwing the ball at an umpire.

4/2 Myrniong Grove, Hawthorn East, is expected to sell for more than $1.3 million at auction later this month.

Mr Brown is featured in this popular YouTube video How to deal with annoying reporters Australian style asking journalists to not visit his home unannounced.

Marshall White Boroondara agents Chris Barrett and Peter Mitchell are marketing 4/2 Myrniong Grove.

The contemporary kitchen at 4/2 Myrniong Grove, Hawthorn East.

The three bedroom dwelling, walking distance to Camberwell Junction and the Burke Road shopping strip, includes a double garage, sub-floor storage and two courtyards.

Anderson Park is at the end of the street.

“He has a house in Portsea where he’s mostly been living and he doesn’t spend much time in Melbourne anymore,” Mr Barrett told in this item. “His daughter is in Carnegie and Campbell’s also in town, so [Mal] is mostly just coming up to visit them”.

In 2015, Mr and Mrs Brown sold a larger family home in the vicinity – an Edwardian at 59 Leura Grove, Hawthorn East, – for $2.6 million.

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Marc Pallisco

A former property analyst and print journalist, Marc is the publisher of