Australia’s Chief Scientist Alan Finkel is looking to engineer a sale for his expansive South Yarra apartment.
The esteemed academic, neuroscientist and entrepreneur has put 7/59 Darling St on the market with a $3.5-$3.8 million price guide.
The country’s leading scientist has owned the property with his wife, science journalist Elizabeth Finkel since 2013, public records show.
Jellis Craig Stonnington agent Andrew McCann was not willing to comment on the identity of the vendors but said they had already moved out of the three-bedroom property.
“The property was originally two apartments, which have been combined, stripped down and fully refitted in the past three or four years,” Mr McCann said.
“It’s been renovated to the highest of standards and the design is quite bespoke and full of natural light.”
An open-plan living domain includes a huge walls of cabinetry and a luxe kitchen with marble benchtops.
The seventh floor apartment also boasts views across the Yarra River to the Nylex Clock from the balcony.
Dr Finkel started as Australia’s eighth Chief Scientist in 2016, shortly before being named Victorian of the Year.
He has been a strong voice advocating for climate change action in his role as an expert adviser to the government.
He previously served as the Chancellor of Monash University. After completing a PhD in electrical engineering, Dr Finkel started the California-based space and technology company Axon Instruments, which was sold in 2004.
He started COSMOS magazine with his wife, who remains editor-in-chief. The award-winning journalist is also known for her books on stem cells and genomes.
Mr McCann said a number of downsizers had shown interest in the property since it came up for private sale.
“South Yarra is a bit of a destination location, with a lot of people looking to the area for a change of lifestyle,” he said.
“We’ve had some really good interest.”
CoreLogic records show the property last changed hands for $2.45 million in 2013.
He said the vendors had noticed the South Yarra market was “strong”, prompting them to sell while the time was right.
A two-bedroom apartment on the third floor sold in the boutique building for $1.541 million in October last year.
Expressions of interest are due to close on March 4.