Attention petrol heads — here’s your chance to drive away with a Mornington home featuring not one, but two souped-up garages.
Hot rod enthusiasts Chris and Sandra Burley made sure there was plenty of space for their fleet of cars and caravans when they built their house at 21 Benton Grange Drive in 2002, an endeavour that took about a year.
They attached a six-car garage to their four-bedroom residence, and also built a separate shed and workshop with space for a dozen more vehicles on their sprawling 8500sq m block.
The bigger garage has housed the couple’s three hot rods and two caravans, plus an old Texaco gas station replica and a room for the dozens of trophies they’d won by showing their rare cars.
“We do a lot of events with cars — Hot Rod Run weekends, MotorEx in the city. There’s pretty much one on every weekend,” Mr Burley said.
Now the Burleys are selling their home, with a $2.4-$2.6 million price guide, they’re not quite sure what to do with all their vehicles and memorabilia.
“I guess we’re putting it all in storage,” Mr Burley said.
The couple raised children Jessica and Robert at the house, offering almost 700sq m of internal space, and are now selling to travel around Australia in a caravan, before settling “up north”.
Mr Burley, a retired builder, said he designed “everything about the place” to suit his family.
“It’s been over insulated, over specced — I used the best quality materials,” he said.
They’ll also miss the lake they built on their lush property, where they enjoyed many a drink “on a hot day”, as well as the spaces set up for entertaining.
These included a billiards room with a bar, cellar and cinema screen, plus an alfresco terrace and a hut containing an eight-seater spa and a TV screen.
“We’ve always done Christmas and birthdays here. We’ve had a few parties,” Mr Burley said.
The main bedroom features a large walk-in wardrobe, a spa ensuite and French doors leading out to a courtyard, while the kitchen is decked out in Tasmanian oak and solid granite benchtops.
McEwing & Partners Mornington director Dean Phillips said the home had attracted “car enthusiasts”, and also people seeking storage for large boats.
Its landscaped gardens, quiet cul-de-sac location and “immaculate” house had also been drawcards during the private sale campaign.