John Platten offloads historic Adelaide home

John Platten once owned Carlton’s Prince Alfred Hotel – now held by the University of Melbourne.

Brownlow medallist and four time premiership player John ‘The Rat’ Platten and his wife, Leanne, have sold their home in Torrensville, three kilometres north west of Adelaide.

Developed by William Morris in 1890 on what was then his Crown Dairy, and formerly known as Albert Villa, the four bedroom dwelling fetched $2.15 million – at the upper end of the ($1.995-$2.19m) guide.

Leanne held it since the late 1980s, with John moving in about 2002.

It was extended and renovated 12 years ago.

Magain Real Estate’s Zoe Ball and Mike Dobbin were the agents.

The vendors plan to downsize (story continues below).

The Torrensville home was extended in 2012.

86 Ashley Street

On 1054 square metres at 86 Ashley Street, the Platten home contains four bedrooms, a formal and informal lounge, cellar, two outdoor entertainment areas and pool. There is also a workshop attached to a double garage.

Elizabeth born John, who turns 60 next month, moved to Melbourne in the mid-1980s to play with Hawthorn. He won the Brownlow shortly after – in 1987 – and retired in 1998.

While in that city, the footballer also owned and renovated Carlton’s Prince Alfred Hotel – which in 2015 was purchased by the University of Melbourne for $4.85m.

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Marc Pallisco

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