JP Dixon managing director Jonathon Dixon sold the 5-bedroom waterfront mansion at 158 The Esplanade after auction for a price believed to be about $5.25 million – substantially more than the $1.7 million Newman paid for the home ten years ago. It ends a long sale campaign that started, as a private sale, more than five months ago.
Newman certainly added some scandal to the typically conservative bayside suburb.
Shortly after joining the Brighton set from Middle Park, Newman’s nose was broken by a Melbourne plumber who rammed his van through the front gates and punched him at the front door. The dispute was over the plumber’s ex-girlfriend who had gone on a date with the ex-Geelong ruckman.
Months later, Newman was run over at the Victoria Street entrance of his house, by his then-25 year old ex-girlfriend. She broke his leg and ankle.
And two years ago, he detained a 37 -year old woman who smashed a window of the house and broke in.
Newman, who played 306 games with the Cats in the 1960s, moved to an apartment in Docklands late last year. He has rented his Brighton house – which includes a resort-style backyard with swimming pool and golf putting green – to visiting celebrities including Andrew Lloyd Webber and Barry Humphries.
His most famous property development is in St Kilda West. Newman fought council to allow for the development of a townhouse with a large glass mural of former playboy model Pamela Anderson.