It’s no secret Australian cricket legend Shane Warne loved property.
The late spin king’s love affair with Victorian real estate saw him spend more than $65m on various mansions over his lifetime, most of which were found in Brighton.
In fact, Warnie owned six homes in the bayside suburb, including an extravagant $18m mansion described as “his favourite house”, which he loved so much he bought it twice.
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He was known for his flashy decor, with his various homes including personal touches such as a pool inscribed with his cricket number 23, a noise-activated disco ball, a 500-bottle wine cellar and even a mirrored bedroom ceiling used at one point as his Tinder profile picture.
JP Dixon Real Estate Brighton boss Jonathan Dixon worked closely with Warnie on the majority of his property portfolio, having sold a number of homes to and on behalf of the cricket star.
More recently, Marshall White Bayside director Matthew Pillios worked with the Aussie great prior to his death in March, who said he knew about real estate “better than any other celebrity”.
“Earlier this year I was vividly engaged and working closely with Shane Warne and had a close relationship with Shane, (his son) Jackson and the family,” Mr Pillios said.
“I’m still obviously guttered about the loss, he was such an amazing guy to deal with and he knew about real estate better than any other celebrity. He was very experienced in developing property and it was a great honour to work with him as a prospective buyer.”
See the complete timeline of the spin king’s property moves below.
229 THOMAS ST, HAMPTON
It’s no wonder Warnie kept Melbourne’s bayside suburbs close to his heart, having grown up nearby Brighton in Hampton.
His childhood home at 229 Thomas St sold to an investor and prominent Melbourne real estate agent in 2017 for $1.55m.
It was then placed on the market again in 2018 with a $1.35m-$1.485m price guide, before selling for $1.465m.
102 ESPLANADE, BRIGHTON
After getting hitched in 1995 to former model Simone Callahan, Warnie made his first of many Brighton purchases when he bought a five-bedroom house at 102 Esplanade.
The couple paid $902,500 in 1996 for the home, which featured stunning bay views from the terrace, a games room with its own bar at the rear, a swimming pool, spa ensuite and extensive walk-in wardrobe.
Warne sold the pad in 2000 for a huge $2.61m.
32 MIDDLE CRES, BRIGHTON
In 2001, Warne and Callahan bought what was later described as the cricket legend’s “favourite house” at 32 Middle Cres in Brighton.
He initially paid $3.51m for the opulent six-bedroom mansion, dubbed Melville, before selling it in 2007 for $8.75m following his marital split in 2005.
But Warnie loved the home so much he bought it back in 2016, paying $14.25m for the single-level Victorian mansion, which featured a swimming pool, spa, mod-grass tennis court and 3014sq m of landscaped gardens.
He finally let go of the 1880-built pad for good in 2018, when he sold it for a huge $18,888,888 sum in an off-market deal.
It was then completely bowled over by its new owner in 2020, when the historic bluestone home’s modern extension and pool dramatically torn down.
16 PARK ST, BRIGHTON
Continuing on with his Brighton love affair, Warne purchased a five-bedroom house at 16 Park St in 2007 for $3.7m.
He completely flipped the home, which featured a tennis court, gym, heated pool and spa, home cinema, multiple kitchens, a wine cellar and a five-car basement garage with a built-in turntable.
After the renovation, he offloaded the opulent pad for $6.775m in 2009.
6-8 WILLIAM ST, BRIGHTON
Shortly after selling 16 Park St, Warne paid $8.55m in 2009 for a heritage-listed property at 6-8 William St in Brighton.
He completed another renovation, adding a gym, basement garage, grass tennis court, cinema, paparazzi-proof fencing, and a swimming pool inscribed with his cricket number, 23.
Warne lived in that home with English actor and model Elizabeth Hurley, who he began dating in 2010 before the couple were engaged in 2011.
The four-bedroom home sold for $10.85m after Warne and Hurley called off their engagement in 2013.
Prior to the A-list couple’s break-up, they also splashed $11m on a Georgian mansion in Herefordshire, England in 2012
At the time, he revealed on Channel 10 reality show I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! that the 13-bedroom estate cost “8 or 9 million pounds”.
Hurley kept the lavish home, known as Donnington Hall, following the split.
11 KINANE ST, BRIGHTON
Back in Brighton, Warne splashed $3.95m on a four-bedroom mansion, dubbed Camden, at 11 Kinane St.
The Mediterranean inspired pad, adjacent to Dendy St beach, featured a designer kitchen with stone benchtops, a wine fridge, open fireplace, private rear entertaining area, manicured gardens and a heated swimming pool.
Warne offloaded the home in 2016 for $5.35m.
15 NEWBAY CRES, BRIGHTON
In 2018, Warne was on the move again, purchasing an impressive five-bedroom mansion at 15 Newbay Cres, Brighton, that he shared with his son, now 23-year-old Jackson.
He paid $5.4m for the lavish home, which he bought off private investigator Anthony Thomas, who previously purchased it from Essendon Football Club veteran Matthew Lloyd in 2015.
Warne placed the pad back on the market in 2020 with a $6.8m-$7.4m price guide, but with the pandemic in full swing, struggled to sell it.
A lengthy nine-month campaign saw the asking price drop to $5.8m-$6.38m, before it finally sold in late 2020 for $5.7m.
SAINT MORITZ APARTMENT, ST KILDA
In 2019, Warne bought into developer Tim Gurner’s $540m ultra-luxe, off-the-plan Saint Moritz complex in St Kilda.
Before his death, he had grand plans for the ritzy pad, including having his favourite No. 23 embroidered on the fittings.
When the development was nearing completion this year, Gurner sought final settlement from all prospective tenants of the estate, which lead to Warne’s family quietly offloading the $10m bachelor pad.
Mr Gurner told Page 13 at the time he was working with Warne’s family to assist with the sale of the home.
“Shane was an extraordinary man I cared a lot for and would have loved to have him in the building and his energy,” he said.
The purchaser of the luxe digs is still unknown.
65-67 DUFFY ST, PORTSEA
Continuing to steer away from his usual Brighton purchases, Warnie paid $3.6m for an 1865sq m subdivided allotment in Portsea.
He had plans to build a palatial mega-mansion on the block, which already came with a clay tennis court and was previously owned by late Victorian liberal Minister Vin Heffernan.
It’s unknown what will happen to the estate following his death, but Warne’s plans for a sprawling family compound weres set to feature a gym, theatre, games room, library, bowling alley, jet ski garage, and wine cellar.
He also had plans for a four-bedroom guest wing to be built around the pool, as well as a music room, alfresco bar and barbecue area.
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