Crowded House: Ormond house where band wrote songs for sale

Fall at your feet for this Spanish Mission house in Ormond, once owned by a renowned member of Crowded House.

Bassist Nick Seymour sold 406 North Rd in 1993, which was the same year his famous band released their fourth album Together Alone.

It’s back on the market for the first time in 27 years, with a $1.32 million asking price.

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Nick Seymour at the band’s 20th anniversary show in Sydney, 2016. Picture: Dan Himbrechts

The band wrote songs by the pool.

The musician told the vendors he often had the band, which included brother Mark Seymour, visit the three-bedroom house, McKinnon Real Estate director Eric Cohen said.

“They used to write songs around the pool and jump off the deck into the water before there was fencing,” Mr Cohen said.

“But he didn’t own it for very long and it seems they actually lost some money on the house.”

They also jumped off the deck into the water below.

Crowded House pop band members (l-r) Neil Finn with Paul Hester, Nick Seymour and Mark Hart. band/crowded/house

Band members Neil Finn, Paul Hester, Nick Seymour and Mark Hart.

CoreLogic records show Seymour bought the property for $246,000 in October 1992, before selling it for $225,000 about a year later. It’s understood the musician divorced his wife Brenda Bentleigh in 1993.

The bassist was also known as the creative mind behind the band’s costumes, stage sets and album cover art. The ARIA Hall of Fame inductees retired the band in 1996 but have continued to make guest appearances around the world.

There are character details inside.

A country kitchen with modern appliances.

There are multiple living zones inside.

A UK reunion tour is scheduled for this year, with Seymour set to play alongside co-founder Neil Finn and his children Liam and Elroy Finn.

Mr Cohen said the property had not changed much since Seymour lived there.

“It was immaculately built and somebody spent a lot of money duplicating the Spanish Mission style that’s often found in California, with arches, spiral columns and plenty of character,” he said.

The Spanish Mission-style home is for private sale.

Open fireplaces, chandeliers and high ceilings are other design features of the 1930s home.

The owners are downsizing after raising their family at the property.

Mr Cohen said families keen to break into the sought-after McKinnon Secondary School zone had shown interest in the property, which is for private sale.

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