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Ralph Carr: Dustin Martin’s high-profile manager sells Hawthorn home

After more than 200 days on the market and a million-dollar price drop, the luxury Hawthorn home of leading sport and entertainment manager Ralph Carr has sold.

Abercromby’s director Jock Langley confirmed the five-bedroom mansion’s sale to a local buyer, but details surrounding the deal are scarce.

The price achieved by the impressive 26 Shakespeare Grove property is undisclosed. It had most recently been advertised for $10-$11 million, following a discount from an initial $12-$13.2 million guide.

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Ralph Carr has sold his spectacular 26 Shakespeare Grove, Hawthorn property.

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Carr’s high-profile clients include Dustin Martin. Pic: Michael Klein

The property sprawls over 1318sq m of land.

CoreLogic records show Carr – whose clients include Richmond dual-Norm Smith medallist Dustin Martin – paid $7.55 million for the 1318sq m property in 2013.

He then “spent some money on it” to turn it into “a very nice and luxurious house”, Mr Langley previously told the Herald Sun.

The agent said the local buyers fought off “plenty of interest from overseas” to clinch the Victorian mansion in the sought-after St James Park Estate, which Carr sold to downsize.

The grand interior.

The kitchen is packed with Gaggenau and Miele appliances.

The property hit the market in April, but its initial expressions of interest campaign didn’t generate a price Carr considered satisfactory. It then passed in at a private auction in August and switched to private sale.

In the lead up to the auction, Mr Langley said the pad had attracted interest from local, national and international buyers, including some from as far away as Hong Kong, Singapore, the US and New Zealand.

“There seems to be a renewed interest from the expat sector in particular, especially with the issues that are going on in Hong Kong,” he said at the time.

One of the home’s five bedrooms.

A luxe bathroom.

Carr’s mansion was owned by ex-Richmond Football Club president Clinton Casey until 2002. Casey sold it for $3.9 million to upgrade to Avon Court, which is currently on the market asking $45 million.

A highlight of the Shakespeare Grove home is a stately billiards room where Martin was filmed by The Footy Show playing pool after signing a lucrative contract with the Tigers.

The billiards room where Dustin Martin was filmed for The Footy Show.

A stately entrance hall.

A media room, marble wet bar, premium kitchen with Gaggenau and Miele appliances, and three separate living zones were also part of the package.

Carr’s website states that he has “honed careers” for entertainers including Vanessa Amorosi, Richard Wilkins, Kate Ceberano and ex-wife Tina Arena.

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The Victorian sold after about 200 days on the market.

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