New innings for former Warne pad

Melville, the renovation rescue that cricketer Shane Warne and ex-wife Simone Callahan restored into one of bayside Melbourne's most exclusive homes before a 2007 sale, has exchanged again in what is Brighton's latest eight-figure deal.

The plush, single-storey c1880 Victorian, on an enormous 3014-square-metre block with a tennis court and pool, includes six bedrooms (one occupying a house wing), seven bathrooms, a nine-seat theatre and a four-car garage.

The celebrity couple paid $3.6 million for Melville in 2000, reportedly investing that amount again on a refurbishment, before selling it for $8.8 million to locals who on-sold it to the current vendors for $10.1 million in 2009.

Melville was listed in late 2014 with price hopes of $15 million. It was withdrawn late last year but relaunched a few months ago, arguably a more buoyant period for the prestige sector. When contacted, JP Dixon director Jonathan Dixon, who held a listing with Harcourts' Chris Bevan, confirmed Melville sold for between $14 million and $16 million.

The story New innings for former Warne pad first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.

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