Packaging executive lists $19m+ Toorak pile

The Linlithgow Road block includes a pool and tennis court.

Postscript: this property sold to former Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting for more than the guide in March. Read our story here.

Packaging executive Alex Commins and his wife, Nicola, are selling a Toorak pile penned by “a holy trinity” of the city’s establishment designers, according to the agents.

The late Stuart Rattle is responsible for the interiors.

The c1930 mansion on tree-lined Linlithgow Road carries an $18.8-$20.6 million guide.

The sellers paid Oakton Consulting co-founder and commercial property investor, Paul Holyoake, $3.3m in 2004.

A renovation 15 years ago saw the interiors designed by Nicholas Day and furnished by the late Stuart Rattle.

The gardens were created by Paul Bangay.

Forbes’ Michael Gibson and Robert Fletcher are the agents.

The listing comes two months since gardener Jack Merlo sold a smaller home in the street for $12.5m to Cotton On chief executive officer Peter Johnson and his wife, Kim.

Last August, meanwhile, Grant Rule, who recently divested his Message Media business for $1.75 billion, snapped up the suburb’s Blair House from the family of late engineer Randovan Basil Nanut, for $74.5m.

Also mid-last year, co-founder Ed Craven outlaid $88m inclusive of GST for a 7246 square metre mansion site (story continues below).

The Commins home contains an open plan casual living and dining room.

Both properties are on St Georges Rd.

The whole package

The Commins offering contains six bedrooms, four bathrooms, casual and informal living and dining rooms and a four car basement garage.

On 1422 sqm, the holding includes a pool and north-south facing tennis court too.

The vendors are downsizing after raising four children.

It was in 2003 that Mr Commins founded Colorpak – which sold six years ago to US-based Graphic Packaging for $60m.

The executive now leads Jamestrong Packaging.

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