The managing director of education business Holmes Group, Gaye Dixon, has forked out almost $12 million to buy the Heyington Place mansion offloaded by entrepreneur Susan Alberti.
Ms Dixon, who is financially affiliated with both the Holmes Institute and Holmes Secondary College in the city, quietly bought Heyington Hall last November, after a marketing campaign that started 18 months earlier failed to find a buyer.
The Toorak property has luxurious fixtures and fittings, including French curtains, hand-painted silk wallpaper, Belgian carpet and gold Versace fittings from Italy.
Adult education has become a lucrative business in Victoria. Holmes College is one of the biggest colleges, and rivals CAE (Centre for Adult Education) and Carrick Institute of Education are both expanding, having opened new schools in and around the city.
Kay & Burton director Ross Savas, who was marketing the property, declined to comment when contacted by Secret Agent. Ms Dixon declined to return calls.
Heyington Hall was completely refurbished by Dansu Constructions managing director and Footscray Football Club president Susan Alberti over 10 years, from 1996.
Ms Alberti made headlines recently when she launched a defamation action against Channel Nine’s Footy Show hosts Sam Newman and Garry Lyon over claims made by Newman. The network apologised.
Ms Alberti is believed to have moved to an apartment in Toorak with new husband and long-time friend Colin North.