Stunning Surf Coast home rented by tennis champ Mark Philippoussis up for sale

Key points

  • The luxury Jan Juc home will hit the market on March 10.
  • Mark Philippoussis and his family rented the home for two years, after moving back to Australia from San Diego.
  • The home has a price tag of $3.4 million to $3.7 million.

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A luxury Surf Coast home that Australian tennis champ Mark Philippoussis and his family rented for the past two years, is set to be listed for sale with hopes of $3.4 million to $3.7 million.

The four-bedroom home at 23 Carnavon Avenue, Jan Juc, will hit the market on March 10, selling agent and Property Exchange Group executive director Alex Lyons said.

23 Carnavon Ave Jan Juc, rented by Mark Philippoussis and his family until recently, will be listed for sale on March 10. Credit:Property Exchange Group

Found in Jan Juc’s “golden triangle,” the home is just 200 metres from the beach and offers stunning views of the surf and the nearby Torquay Golf Club.

“It’s one of the most unique homes because of the proximity to the beach – there’s only three or four streets in this pocket of Jan Juc so close to the water, and it’s very sought after,” Lyons said.

“There are micro markets within the Surf Coast, and this sits in the greater Torquay market and that’s one of the most tightly held for properties.”

The home, which includes a large deck overlooking the ocean, two bathrooms and a 691-square-metre block, had a full renovation in 2020.

Mark Philippousis at Wimbledon in 1998. Credit:Steve Bardens/Colorsport

Philippoussis and his family rented the home soon after, until moving out this week.

“He moved back to Australia and to Jan Juc from San Diego at the start of COVID,” Lyons said. “He wanted to find something that was the next chapter in his, and his family’s, lives.”

Being so close to the surf, the area was popular with sports stars, including Philippoussis and AFL footballers, Lyons said.

Affectionately known as the “Poo”, Philippoussis’ fierce reputation and superfast serves inspired his the nickname “Scud”, as in a scud missile, in his playing days.

The home was fully renovated in 2020.Credit:Property Exchange Group

A Wimbledon and US Open finalist, and former world number eight, Philippoussis recently appeared on an Uber Eats ad pondering a change to his Poo nickname.

He said his favourite part of the home was “how amazing it’s been to check the waves from your balcony … then simply walk across the road for a surf.”

Like Melbourne, Torquay and the wider Surf Coast market recorded a recent fall in the number of homes listed for sale, as interest rates rose, Lyons said.

Those rises have hit buyers’ back pockets, meaning they were unable to borrow as much as they once could.

It’s prompted local vendors to wait to see what will happen to house prices before listing their properties.

Despite this, Lyons said the market remained buoyant.

Jan Juc’s median house price was $1.39 million in the December quarter, up 2.6 per cent over the year and a whopping 63.5 per cent over the past five years, on Domain data.

Lyons said potential buyers had already been in touch about the Jan Juc property, which has a “coming soon” sign posted out the front. Many of those interested were Melburnians looking for a holiday home, he said.

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