Heart surgeon and would-be Tigers boss lists Brighton stunner
RENOWNED cardiologist and leader of the failed Richmond Football Club board coup, Martin Hiscock, is parting ways with one of Melbourne’s most architecturally significant homes.
Dr Hiscock and his wife, cardiothoracic surgeon Silvana Marasco, are selling the Guilford Bell-designed Seccull house at 32 North Rd, Brighton, to move closer to their workplace and their children’s school.
CoreLogic records show the couple bought the four-bedroom modernist home for $5.75 million three years ago, becoming just the third family to own the house since it was built in 1972.
Dr Hiscock said they spent a year and about $2 million rejuvenating the home.
They’ve now listed the property, which boasts a 600sq m F-shaped floorplan and occupies a large 2100sq m block, through Kay & Burton Bayside’s Darren Lewenberg with a price guide of $9 million-plus.
Dr Hiscock made headlines in August and September for leading a band of disgruntled Richmond supporters, dubbed the “Focus on Football” group, in an attempt to overthrow the footy club’s board.
Dr Hiscock said the Seccull house was in dire need of an update when he bought it — both wings of the house were collapsing, parts were decked out in “hideous” salmon pink flooring and its garden had been neglected.
But he recognised the property as a “real gem”, and worked with Bell’s former business partner, architect Graham Fisher, to restore it. This involved replacing the flooring with travertine tiles, rebuilding some of the walls and installing floor-to-ceiling windows, rejuvenating the garden, installing an all-white kitchen, updating the bathrooms, laying new carpet and installing silk curtains.
The property contains two northfacing wings — one for formal living and the other, the main bedroom suite — which are joined together by a third wing with three further bedrooms and informal living areas.
Manicured gardens and a black-tiled pool frame the home.
The property is being offered via an expressions of interest campaign, closing 5pm on November 29.