24 Jul 2023 | 2 mins

Cricketing great Ricky Ponting sells $16m Brighton home - AFR

Cricketing great Ricky Ponting sells $16m Brighton home - AFR

Australian cricketing great Ricky Ponting and wife Rianna have sold their Brighton home of the past decade, Shandford, in a deal confirmed to be within the $14.8 million to $16 million guide.

The Pontings are trading Melbourne Bayside living for well-heeled Toorak, following their purchase of the $20.7 million former home of packaging executive Alex Commins and wife Nicola. The Pontings sold their Brighton home to a local family.

Ricky and Rianna told AFR Weekend they were pleased with result.

“We’re thrilled with the sale of our house, especially to such a lovely family,” said the couple, who have three children. “It’s a beautiful family home, and we hope they love living here as much as we do.”

The 1920s-built seven-bedroom, three-level home on a 1900-square-metre St Ninians Road landholding comes with private laneway access to the beach, plus a pool and tennis court.

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Ricky and Rianna Ponting are leaving Brighton for Toorak, after a decade of Bayside living.

In a previous interview with AFR Weekend, the Pontings said family barbecues at the nearby home of the late Shane Warne sparked their love for the area, while their decision to leave was driven by the need to be closer to their children’s Toorak schools and Saturday sport.

The selling agent, Forbes’ Mike Gibson, confirmed the property had sold to a local family eager to enjoy the expansive Bayside retreat.

“Brighton people tend to stay there because it’s such a beautiful location,” Mr Gibson said. “It’s three levels, which is rare, and when the kids disappear upstairs it would be hard to get them down for dinner. ”

In a previous interview with AFR Weekend, the Pontings said family barbecues at the nearby home of the late Shane Warne sparked their love for the area, while their decision to leave was driven by the need to be closer to their children’s Toorak schools and Saturday sport.

The selling agent, Forbes’ Mike Gibson, confirmed the property had sold to a local family eager to enjoy the expansive Bayside retreat.

“Brighton people tend to stay there because it’s such a beautiful location,” Mr Gibson said. “It’s three levels, which is rare, and when the kids disappear upstairs it would be hard to get them down for dinner. ”

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A decorated career: cricket memorabilia lines the walls of the Ponting’s Brighton study.

“We are short of stock in that part of the world,” the veteran prestige agent added.

However, the stock-starved top end isn’t likely to be replenished until spring, given the exodus of well-heeled Melburnian to warmer climes.

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Rianna Ponting restyled the 1920s bayside home with her mum and an interior designer.

“I think if you went to Tullamarine you’d see most of my clients leaving,” Mr Gibson said, adding he’d shortly be joining them for the European summer.

Buyers agent Emma Bloom says the Melbourne top end is experiencing a dearth of trophy listings.

“There are people out there fishing, and will swoop when they find what they want, regardless of price,” Ms Bloom said. “We are so starved of stock.”