THE lavish beachside mansion of Daniel and Danielle Besen has officially sold, for an eye-watering figure just shy of its $20 million price expectations.
The seven-bedroom Miramar in Flinders went under offer in early March, shortly after its expressions of interest campaign ended.
But the Herald Sun understands the sale was only recently finalised, with an international buyer paying about $19 million for the Wood Marsh-designed residence at 2252-2270 Mornington-Flinders Rd.
Selling agent Rob Curtain, director of Peninsula Sotheby’s International Realty, would not comment on the sale, only saying: “It was an absolute pleasure marketing (the property)”.
The Besens listed Miramar and their brand new Toorak mansion at 9 Towers Rd in October, amid rumours they had split.
The Rich Listers sold the latter for $26.25 million, five days before Christmas, making it the most expensive house to ever change hands in Victoria.
Mr Curtain previously said there were multiple buyers eyeing the Flinders property, some of whom had also looked at the couple’s Toorak residence, with most of the interest coming from overseas.
He said the stylish Wood Marsh design, quality finishes and “exceptional” gardens and views had attracted buyers to Miramar, which he priced at “circa $20 million”.
“I don’t think there’s been a property like that hit the market on the Peninsula before,” he said.
It’s set on 29.54ha and resembles a butterfly from above, consisting of two boomerang-shaped wings — one purely intended for guests.
The Besens’ Toorak trophy home was also designed by Wood Marsh and cost about $22 million and took six years to build, but was never lived in.
The house — which occupied a 2000sq m corner block and counted an art gallery, wine room and heated pool among its lavish features — was sought by seven buyers before being sold by Marshall White Armadale director Marcus Chiminello to a local family.
Daniel is the son of the billionaire founders of the Sussan Group fashion chain, Marc and Eva Besen.
Danielle is believed to have bought another home on Toorak’s Power Ave for $6.5 million, settling earlier this year.
The sale of Miramar comes as another landmark Peninsula property changed hands for a similar price.
Sorrento’s Nee Morna at 3106-3118 Point Nepean Rd also had an asking price of about $20 million, but is speculated to have been bought by developer Andrew Buxton for a figure below that.