Hunter's tallest house sold

AFTER two years on the market the iconic 10-storey Girvan Estate house in the Upper Hunter has a new owner.

At 30 metres, it is believed to be Australia's tallest private house, possibly the tallest in the southern hemisphere.


For more pictures of Girvan Estate, click on the image above.

The towering structure at 15 Glen Ayr Road, Girvan, which was built at a cost of more than $2 million by local Peter Grey, sits on top of a hill on a back road between Stroud and Bulahdelah.

Approved by Great Lakes Council in 2002, the house has 360-degree views from the top floor and comprises an entrance foyer with an indoor pool, a lift, six bedrooms and six bathrooms.

The fifth floor has a kitchen and dining area, which takes up the entire floor, while the 10th floor has been Mr Grey's office.

Called Girvan Estate, the property was originally listed for auction and then subsequently advertised with an asking price of $1.75 million.

It has finally sold to a Singleton family for an undisclosed sum.

Stock & Station agent John Miles of Webb Bros Property & Livestock, Stroud, said the massive sale includes the house on 33.5 hectares (100 acres), along with a vacant 89 hectares of timbered country adjoining it.

He said the Singleton family will use the home as their family residence, while Peter Grey and his wife Jean intend to live in a nearby property.

Mr Miles said the Grey family has a long history in the area, with a previous portfolio in fuel stations, timber mills and subdivision.

"In fact, Peter commenced his success from selling his homemade lemonade from the corner shop," he said.

"Girvan Estate consists of numerous holdings, mainly owned by Peter, with the residences that are constructed upon them mainly tenanted by family and friends. This is the end of an era for this lone man's dream, but thankfully provides this vendor-legend to dream further."

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