Music promoting the former home of ‘Mr Showbiz’ Kenn Brodziak – where he hosted the Beatles on their 1964 Australian tour – is up for grabs in the latest piece of Aussie Beatles merch.
Money can’t buy love, but it can buy you a stately south Melbourne terrace where the Beatles once dined.
The 262 Albert Rd mansion, which was owned by music promoter Kenn “Mr Showbiz” Brodziak in decades past, is on the market for the first time in 20 years with an asking price of 5.4-5.65 million dollars.
According to historical newspapers, Mr Brodziak entertained the band – consisting of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr – at the large estate in 1964 after striking a deal for them to come to Australia before they be famous.
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The contract was widely seen as a ‘coup’ for the music, TV and theater guru, who also brought Bob Dylan to Australian shores and toured the Seekers.
He also secured the rights to the works of playwrights Tennessee Williams and Lillian Hellman, recordings of performances from Live Performance Australia.
The two-story house, called “Weardak”, was built around 1891 and has been owned by Sellers, unrelated to Brodziak, since 2001.
It comprises four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a large garden with swimming pool, all spread over two separate titles.
The master bedroom has a marble gas fireplace, a walk-in closet, a marble bathroom and a balcony.
Baltic pine floors, ornate vaulted ceilings and period details, garage parking and views of Lake Albert Park are also included in the package.
Marshall White Port Phillip manager and auctioneer Oliver Bruce said the property was a “true family home”.
“It’s pretty unique,” Mr Bruce said.
“It’s an amazing place and an extraordinarily deep boulder – the overall size of the land is unusual for the area.
“The Beatles were there in 1964, it has a great history and it’s just a stunning house with grand proportions.”
Mr Bruce added that his salespeople were looking to downsize after raising their families at home.
The house will be auctioned on December 4.
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Originally published as Kenn Brodziak: South Melbourne terrace where the Beatles dined for sale