Minimah House above; lookalike Woollahra House (now demolished) in Point Piper, below.
Minimbah House, a Victorian Italianate mansion built from 1875-77 by architect Benjamin Blackhouse, in the Hunter Valley is set to go to auction. The 45-room colonial mansion in Whittingham was last purchased for “more than $3mil” in 2007 by Anthony Gee who attempted in vain to turn the homestead into a retirement community for cashed-up widows. Several years prior that that sale, the home was shopping around for a $7mil sale which was obviously not achieved.
The home cost 60,000 pounds at the time of construction, a sum thought to be roughly equivalent to $30m today. The property was most recently subdivided so that the home now just sits on a very manageable 3 hectares. And today? The Radical Terrace can’t confirm a price, although the listing agent Michael Cruickshanks has advertised the price range on Domain.com.au to stretch up to $20mil. Best of luck with that one, Michael. We pin the home to sell in the $3m-$5m range, depending on the interior condition.
The listing: Minimbah House, Whittingham
More photos below.