prop­erty spy

Who’s been seen where and the big-name prop­er­ties up for grabs

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THE McPhees are on the hunt for their next dream home, but they are go­ing to have to find it in Vic­to­ria.

For­mer Bendigo and Ade­laide Bank di­rec­tor Jamie McPhee has taken up the po­si­tion as chief ex­ec­u­tive of Mem­bers Eq­uity and the move means his grand Queen Anne-style home is to go on the mar­ket.

‘‘The lovely thing about the house is it has this re­ally nice blend of old with new,’’ Mr McPhee says.

The McPhee fam­ily has spent 20 months of their six years of own­er­ship ren­o­vat­ing to bring it in line with mod­ern stan­dards. It boats tra­di­tional char­ac­ter fea­tures, such as a sweep­ing re­turn ve­randa, Queen Anne cir­cu­lar tur­ret and fea­ture stone walls.

As you would ex­pect, there also is a 15m-long swim­ming pool, with so­lar and gas heat­ing, and a ten­nis court.

The Millswood home is on the mar­ket with Klemich Real Es­tate’s Steve Alexan­der for ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est be­tween $4 mil­lion and $4.3 mil­lion.

With a home of this scale, you would ex­pect it to host sev­eral par­ties, but alas the McPhees’ only party was for Jamie’s mum’s 70th re­cently.

They did man­age to in­dulge some 100 guests, though.

De­spite the move, the McPhees are not sev­er­ing their Ade­laide ties yet.

A block of land at Mid­dle­ton they had their eyes on some years ago came on to the mar­ket dur­ing Mr McPhee’s first week on the new job. Al­though they built a hol­i­day home on the op­po­site side of the road – which was re­cently sold to a friend – the McPhees bought the land they orig­i­nally wanted and plan to sit on it un­til they are ready to build.

And at Moana, our spies at Pro­fes­sion­als last week spot­ted a BBC film crew shoot­ing a doc­u­men­tary called

The doco is about at­tract­ing new skilled mi­grants to Aus­tralia and in part fo­cuses on a new de­vel­op­ment of six lux­ury town­houses on the beach­front at Moana. The de­vel­op­ers are Pro­fes­sion­als Christies Beach manag­ing di­rec­tor Kevin J. Barry and his de­vel­op­ment part­ner Ge­orge Kennedy, re­cently re­tired for­mer chair­man of The Pro­fes­sion­als Group in Aus­trala­sia. It is ru­moured Kevin and Ge­orge and their fam­i­lies each will be liv­ing in one of the three-level lux­ury homes while build­ing on an­other nearby beach­front site in the near fu­ture.

The McPhee fam­ily’s Millswood home is on the mar­ket.

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