Docklands residence with suspicious secret tunnels, fairy tale stairway steams towards market

A large Docklands apartment for sale in a historic building with secret boarded up tunnels and a ‘fairy tale’ entrance. Former Prime Minister Robert Menzies used to work on the site.

A grand Docklands apartment inside a building with rumored secret tunnels and an opulent “fairytale” staircase is looking for a new lord or lady.

The two-story property at 332/57 Spencer St is located in The Grand complex, which previously housed the Victorian Railways administrative offices built in 1893, where former Prime Minister Robert Menzies worked in his pre-political life.

Prior to this, the site was home to explorer John Batman, one of Melbourne’s founding fathers who remains a controversial figure due to his legacy, which included the killing of Aboriginal people.

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During the 1990s, The Grand was converted into a hotel and apartments with a spa, sauna, gym and swimming pool with a retractable glass roof.

Apartment number 332, which has three bedrooms and double-glazed arched windows set 6 m high in the living room wall, will be auctioned on June 4 at 10 am with an expected price of between $1.1 and $1.2 million.

Owner Marcus McNamara moved in seven years ago and now lives with his wife Jazmine.

CoreLogic’s records show he purchased the property for $815,000.

McNamara said he and Jazmine took wedding photos on the red-carpeted staircase of The Grand.

“It’s astronomically huge and opulent, it almost doesn’t look real,” he said.

“The scale of a fairy tale is that when you walk through the grand staircase, you feel like you’re crossing a castle drawbridge.”

The building could have a hidden connection to a nearby public transportation hub.

“I think there are underground connections between the building and South Cross station, from when it was Spencer St station, as far as I know they are closed now,” McNamara said.

He and Jazmine renovated the apartment’s bathroom and kitchen.

“We discovered the original brick from about 120 years ago, and instead of covering it up, we left it exposed on the kitchen wall,” he said.

McNamara said they loved living in the apartment, but would be moving to a house closer to their parents’.

Jellis Craig Port Phillip agent Pil Minerth said the abode’s modern interior was “like Manhattan loft style.”

“I think it’s unique just because of the type of building it’s in, it’s different from others in the city,” Ms. Minerth said.

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Originally published as Docklands Residence with Suspicious Secret Tunnels, Fairytale Staircase Vaporizes in Market

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