Ten­nis hon­cho serves up Wil­liamstown home


IT’S a smash­ing time for ten­nis in Melbourne — and Ten­nis Vic­to­ria board pres­i­dent Gary Clark will be hop­ing the same ap­plies to sell­ing prop­erty. Mr Clark, a bar­ris­ter who was ap­pointed to the top po­si­tion in state ten­nis in 2015, and his psy­chol­o­gist wife, Kaye Frankcom, are of­fer­ing up their charm­ing Wil­liamstown home of al­most 20 years.

The res­i­dence at 120 Ce­cil St has only changed hands twice since be­ing built in 1910, most re­cently for $655,000 in De­cem­ber 1996, ac­cord­ing to CoreLogic.

It’s part of the Ce­cil St her­itage precinct and de­scribed as “a fine ex­am­ple of an asym­met­ri­cal Queen Anne villa” in a Vic­to­rian Her­itage Data­base re­port, but Ms Frankcom said the house it­self was not her­itage listed.

Ms Frankcom said she and her hus­band were sell­ing to down­size, as their two adult chil­dren were leav­ing home.

Ms Frankcom said the house, close to schools and ameni­ties, was fully ren­o­vated in 2008, which in­volved re­mod­elling the kitchen and pool.

The home re­tains Fed­er­a­tion-era char­ac­ter in its weath­er­board ex­te­rior and a series of pan­elled pe­riod rooms, but also of­fers con­tem­po­rary comforts in the fam­ily-fo­cused kitchen and din­ing area with a wine cel­lar. Five bed­rooms and three bath­rooms are spread across the home’s two lev­els, and a north-fac­ing ter­race fea­tures a pool, spa and built-in bar­be­cue.

Sell­ing agent, Greg Hock­ing Elly Part­ners di­rec­tor Wayne Elly said the home was one of Wil­liamstown’s finest.

It’s set to go un­der the ham­mer on Fe­bru­ary 25, with early price ex­pec­ta­tions in the mid-$3 mil­lion range.

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