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Australian businessman/property developer Harry Stamoulis is building a lavish mega mansion on St. Georges Road in Toorak, Victoria, Australia. Harry has a net worth of approximately $459 million. He bought the land for $24 million and is spending another $30 million to construct the home; making it worth a whopping $54 million! Slated to be completed sometime this year, the roughly 34,000 square foot mega mansion will include five bedrooms, a ballroom, home theater, swimming pool and a tennis court. The exterior is modeled after the Gilded Age mansion, Marble House, built by the Vanderbilt family in the 1890’s in Newport, RI.

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  • Al Robinson

    Sweet find Kenny. The mansion can be found at:

    37°50’10.84″S 145° 1’7.71″E




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    • Al Robinson

      The areal views just haven’t been updated yet. The one you see is gone now.




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  • Daniel

    Is it going to be clad in marble? Cause if it ain’t then it’s hardly modeled after it. I’m not going to hope for much even though it’s reportedly costing $30 million to build. We shall see.




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  • Grrrowler

    In today’s dollars, Marble house cost at least $200 million to build. I’m not sure what this will look like with a $30 million budget, even though it’s smaller than the original Marble House.




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  • Joseph

    Considering that it is in Australia and modeled after a grandiose mansion, I’m willing to bet that it’s going to be nothing short of a disaster.




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    • Geoffrey

      thats a little harsh… unfortunately this website only showcases the terrible australian homes… noone here really “longs” for a 50,000 square foot grandiose McMansion, that americans love…




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      • NOVA Ben

        Well that’s not entirely fair. Fewer Americans long for a 50,000 sf McMansion than you suggest. I WILL concede that we probably don’t see the best that Australia has to offer on this site though.




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  • Venom

    Sadly I don’t have high hopes for this. These things tend to have a tendency to turn into disasters.




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  • Amalia

    Am I the only one wondering why a 34,000 sft mansion would only have 5 bedrooms? For a house that size they’d probably need 5 bedrooms just for the staff quarters. Estate managing rule of thumb is 1 full time housekeeper for every 10,000 sq ft of house. And that’s just for housekeeping. There would still be either a butler or house manager to direct the staff and oversee the estate.

    Anyway, the point is, I have never before seen any house over 10,000 sft with less than 6 bedrooms. Struck me as odd




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    • Warnie

      You are correct!, but in Australia we tend not to publicize the help arrangements.




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      • Amalia

        Good point, Warnie. I lived in a former British colony and for some reason the staff quarters were not included in the bedroom count. For eg, our house was 3/3 on main, and upstairs was another bedroom, bathroom, and living room, but they don’t say 4/4, they say 3/3 with maids quarters. It’s almost as if they expect you to have live in help so no need to put the details of it in the description. The potting shed also had a full bath for the gardener’s use. And no mention of it whatsoever in the deets. I wonder if it’s the same with this house




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    • Andrew

      Well, the number of bedrooms would depend on your needs, wouldn’t it? Imagine a couple with no kids (or grown up kids living on their own), not many visitors or not caring to provide them with accommodation (this is Melbourne after all not some middle of nowhere – guests can stay in the hotel!)… 5 bedrooms could be plenty for them. As for the staff – as above; there’s no reason for them to live on the grounds. So why have such a large house in the first place? … well, that’s another question 🙂 For example my dream house would also be pretty huge, but with few bedrooms. I’d want a massive garage area for my dream car/bike collection, but I wouldn’t need, or care about impressing anyone with the number of bedrooms.




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      • Amalia

        I have no kids, so I wouldn’t need a lot of bedrooms for everyday use. I’d much rather spend the sq footage on a massive closet, gourmet kitchens and garage space. However, homes of that size are usually that size because they entertain a lot. So there’s always a movie theater, formal dining, bowling alley, gym, etc. Hell this one even comes with a ballroom. A ballroom! That’s definitely someone who plans on doing quite a bit of entertaining. So yeah, only 5 bedrooms (4 after you take the master out of the equation) for people who incorporated a ballroom into the floor plan seems odd to me.

        5 bedrooms couldn’t hold my family at Xmas or Thanksgiving. We have 5 bedrooms now and during holidays all rooms are in use, not to mention the blow up beds and the pull out couches. At 34k sqt and 5 bedrooms, I would love to see the floorplans to see how all that space is being utilized




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        • Mark

          While I can see why you find 5 bedrooms “not enough” some notes on “the rich” in Australia…

          a) most do not have live in help, they may have full time help but are more likely to buy them a separate house or apartment close by. Having them live in a room in your house or treating them like anything other than a secretary who have dedicated hours and weeks off each year would be rare. A common replacement for the lack free accommodation would be paying for private school fees for their children to go to a prestige school/same school as their kids.

          It’s for this reason I would say it’s very very very rare for plans to even include a “maids quarters” and would more likely have a spare “study”/small “bedroom” or something that could be used by a nanny say, unless the house has been built/modified for the elderly who might need a round the clock nurse or is a very old build these just don’t really exist or cared about in such an explicit way anymore.

          b) Australian’s tend to not have or care about separate guest houses/suites and the number of guests a good study/garden studio would be just as prized. Families and friends generally live close to one another, within 20 minutes say. I highly doubt theres crowding even for big families into one house for christmas day and such. It’s not the same level as pilgrimage as you get in the US. It is also really the only date you would count as definitely having many people over, no thanksgiving here etc.

          c) if you are likely to care about having a place for guests you’re probably more likely to buy a separate luxury apartment in the city or near to your home for them to utilise if that’s how you like to play host.

          d) of course there are exceptions but I’m fairly sure this guy and his family would do something along these lines. Children have their own lavish places and “the help” own their own homes. It will be an entertainers house for sure but an entertainers house for 8 hours at a time not days at a time.

          Btw, just explaining not meanging to be condescending or rude.




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    • Grrrowler

      I get tired of seeing houses that only seem to add bedrooms as the square footage grows. I would much prefer fewer larger rooms and I would never want a large house that had a large number of little bedrooms. Not everyone has kids, and not everyone has 10 friends come to stay for a weekend. In a 10,000 square foot house I would want 3 bedroom suites (complete with sitting rooms) and then a small detached guesthouse for longer-term guests.




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  • Johanssens

    Kenny, when are you going to show us exclusive photos of Jeffrey A. Kaplan’s estate? And that other mansion that Russian is building in New Zealand.




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  • andi

    24 million for the lot? Was there a house on it too? Is this the market price for “land” in this area?




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    • Andrew

      24 million does seem like a lot but then we don’t really know how much land he’s got for that money… Besides, Toorak is a very, very desirable location in Melbourne and it’s not like this is out in the country – there isn’t a lot of vacant land just waiting to be built on in the area, and by ‘not a lot’, I actually mean none. Probably he had to demolish an existing building.




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  • Doug

    Ugh, I’ve been in all the Newport mansions and spent quite a few summers in Newport. This guy clearly never even went there, just saw a few pictures of Marble House and was like “I WANT THAT.” Because all of the Newport mansions have managed to go from the big white elephants they were a hundred years ago, to graceful old estates today. EXCEPT for Marble House, it is every bit as tacky today as it was when it got built. I mean seriously? The Breakers is just spectacular, so I can’t imagine anyone who’d actually been to Newport and toured the mansions to decide to replicate Marble House over the Breakers, or the Elms, Rough Point, etc.




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    • mtmslg

      Marble House, tacky? Really? You seem to have an appreciation for the other mansions of Newport, but find Marble House tacky. Clearly you misunderstand its intent. It was a collaboration between Hunt the architect and Alva Vanderbilt, the client. It was expressly designed to overwhelm and impress in the manner of the Grand and Petit Trianon at Versailles. Over the top? Certainly. It was meant to be. But tacky? I think not.




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