Jacques Reymond lists eponymous eatery

Jacques Reymond operated a restaurant at 78 Williams Road, Prahran, for 23 years until 2014.

Revered restaurateur Jacques Reymond is selling the historic Prahran mansion which for decades housed his eponymous eatery.

The heritage listed property, 78 Williams Road, carries a guide of more than $4 million.

Constructed in the 1880s as a wedding gift for the owner’s daughter, it is identical to the home next door (#80) – a property which sold in 2011 for $2.1 million.

Colliers International’s Guy Wells, Ben Baines and Alex Browne said the Reymond property could make way for a residence again.

“The property would suit conversion back to a grand residential home taking advantage of the high ceilings, large land holding and surrounding proximity to prestigious schools, major arterials, parkland and retail amenity,” Mr Wells added.

A premium apartment project is another development outcome.

“The potential to develop heritage apartments within the existing envelope, while including new apartments to the rear while maintaining vehicular access, provides a unique development offering subject to the relevant approvals,” according to the executive.

A medical complex – with Avenue Hospital 300 metres away – could also be considered.

The site spreads 1010 square metres.

The mansion underwent a major refurbishment when the last occupier, Woodland House, moved in five years ago.

For 23 years prior, it accommodated Jacques Reymond Restaurant – said ti have served Elton John, Michael Schumacher and Cliff Richard.

“Offering rich history and endless charm, this is a rare opportunity to acquire one of Melbourne’s most recognisable buildings and influence the next chapter of this iconic property’s outstanding story,” Mr Wells added.

Elsewhere in Prahran, the Reymond family operates L’Hotel Gitan at 32 Commercial Road.

It is set to open a restaurant within the historic ground floor of an office under construction at 9-11 Cremorne Street, Cremorne.

The mansion was last renovated when Woodland House opened in 2014.
The site (outlined) relative to the intersection of High Street, the Mount Erica Hotel and Aberdeen Reserve.
The restaurant is spread over two levels and includes five dining spaces.

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Marc Pallisco

A former property analyst and print journalist, Marc is the publisher of realestatesource.com.au.