Ricky and Rianna Ponting pick up Toorak mansion

The gardens at 26A Linlithgow Road were laid out by Paul Bangay.

Former Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting and his wife, Rianna, are believed to have picked up a renovated 1930s mansion with a tennis court and pool in Toorak’s tree-lined Linlithgow Road.

The Pontings outlaid $9.25 million for Brighton’s Shandford 10 years ago.

The six bedroom home at #26A, once owned by Oakton Consulting co-founder Paul Holyoake, is speculated to have set the pair back c$20.75 million – the upper end of the initial guide.

On 1422 square metres, it was offered by packaging executive Alex Commins and his wife, Nicola, who paid $3.3m in 2004.

A renovation four years later was designed by Nicholas Day with interiors furnished by the late Stuart Rattle.

The gardens were laid out by Paul Bangay.

Trading sea for trees

The Pontings are expected to relocate from a c1940 Edwardian, Shandford, on the corner of St Ninians and Shandford roads, in Brighton, which cost $9.25m in mid-2013, just after the pair relocated to Melbourne from Sydney.

On 1920 sqm also with a tennis court and pool, agency sources speculate that property would be worth well over $15m today (story continues below).

The Pontings paid $3.51 million for a contemporary Portsea home in 2019.

Four years ago this week, meanwhile, we reported the couple picked up a contemporary Portsea home, on Point Nepean Rd, diagonally adjacent to The Cutting, for $3.51m

Forbes’ Michael Gibson and Robert Fletcher brokered the Toorak sale; the dwelling hit the market six weeks ago.

Mr and Ms Commins plan to downsize.

Elsewhere on Linlithgow Rd, last month, REA Group chief executive Owen Wilson and his wife, Liesl, listed their family home at #25, with a $16-$17m guide.

Last November, meanwhile, Cotton On CEO Paul Johnson and his wife, Kim, paid gardener Jack Merlo $12.5m for a renovated dwelling on 1241 sqm at #9.

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Marc Pallisco

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