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25 Menzies Ave, Brighton - for herald sun real estate

Before the current owners purchased 25 Menzies Ave, Brighton, the French-style property was previously owned by champion tennis player Todd Woodbridge. Pictures: Getty/

The French Riviera meets Brighton at this ivy-draped, triple-storey chateau.

Named “Chantilly”, the four-bedroom property at 25 Menzies Ave boasts formal parterre gardens, a mansard slate roof and handcrafted French Oak flooring in the formal living and dining room, laid out in a pattern also found at the Palace of Versailles.

Designed by award-winning architect Rob Mills, the home is for sale with $7.5m-$8.2m price hopes.

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Before its current owners bought a decade ago, Chantilly previously belonged to former Australian champion tennis player and Olympic gold medallist Todd Woodbridge.

Nick Johnstone Real Estate Brighton director Nick Johnstone said the “decadent” house had a “beautiful French chateau feeling”.

“It has got so many lovely features like the high ceilings and most beautiful cabinetry,” Mr Johnstone said.

“You could comfortably entertain 100 people there in the formal room.”

25 Menzies Ave, Brighton - for herald sun real estate

A hand-laid and cut floor, which is the same as the Palace of Versailles’ floor, and built-in bookshelves are sure to impress.

25 Menzies Ave, Brighton - for herald sun real estate

The outdoor terrace’s solar-heated 16m pool.

25 Menzies Ave, Brighton - for herald sun real estate

The provincial-inspired kitchen boasts natural timber benchtops, integrated appliances set in the custom cabinetry including a fridge and freezer and dishwasher, and an AGA-style Falcon stove.

Aust Davis Cup team (l-r) tennis player Todd Woodbridge with Mark Philippoussis, captain John Fitzgerald, Lleyton Hewitt and Wayne Arthurs wearing medals after Australia vs Spain Davis Cup final win in Melbourne 30 Dec 2003. trophy

Australian Davis Cup players Todd Woodbridge, Mark Philippoussis, John Fitzgerald, Lleyton Hewitt and Wayne Arthurs in 2003. Woodbridge is one of the most successful doubles players in the world, having won 16 Grand Slam men’s doubles titles, six Grand Slam mixed doubles titles and a gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics.

This space has built-in book shelves, an open fireplace and a view of one of the courtyard gardens with a fountain.

After entering through the house’s aged French timber front doors, the entrance hall’s Venetian plaster walls, curved staircase, 3.35m high ceiling and flooring featuring reclaimed blackbutt timber from the Sydney Woolstores makes a grand statement.

The living area and provincial-inspired kitchen, including a Falcon double oven, has multiple French doors leading to the al fresco terrace’s solar-heated 16m pool and automated awnings.

25 Menzies Ave, Brighton - for herald sun real estate

French doors open from the living area and kitchen to the garden and pool.

25 Menzies Ave, Brighton - for herald sun real estate

A grand curving staircase set below a high ceiling.

25 Menzies Ave, Brighton - for herald sun real estate

The five-car garage is home to basement theatre room and wine cellar.

A basement theatre room, wine cellar and storage area, zoned ducted heating and airconditioning and five-car garage offer modern comfort.

Other drawcards include internal floor-to-ceiling French Oak doors with Italian fittings, two powder rooms, an office and upper-floor main bedroom featuring a balcony, walk-in wardrobe and dressing room and ensuite with French rose gold fittings, 600mm by 1200mm travertine marble floor-to-ceiling tiles and night sensor lighting.

25 Menzies Ave, Brighton - for herald sun real estate

The home’s owners, who love travelling to France, have decorated their property with period-style furniture and art.

25 Menzies Ave, Brighton - for herald sun real estate

The front door is made of aged French timber.

25 Menzies Ave, Brighton - for herald sun real estate

The kitchen is ideal for entertaining and dinner parties.

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