Heart sur­geon and would-be Tigers boss lists Brighton stun­ner

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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.


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