27 Mar 2023 | 4 mins

National Tiles’ founder Frank Walker selling ‘magnificent’ Toorak mansion - Herald Sun

National Tiles’ founder Frank Walker selling ‘magnificent’ Toorak mansion - Herald Sun

Iconic tile magnate Frank Walker is selling his “magnificent” Toorak mansion with $23m-$25m price expectations.

Known for his famous “Hello, Frank Walker from National Tiles” radio ads, he and wife Rhonda purchased their pad at 50 Clendon Rd about a decade ago, with Walker describing the home’s Italian-imported Carrara marble floor tiles as “the best of the best”.

The couple’s daughter Amy Spargo, who founded Maine House Interiors, worked on restoring the house, designed by noted architect Nicholas Day 33 years ago.

“She’s done an incredible job and just brought it right into the 21st century. Everything is brand new,” Walker said.

“I’m heading towards 70 now and I’m no longer in need of such a grand and wonderful home.”

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Cook up a storm in the kitchen

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There's multiple living, dining and entertaining areas

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The pool

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Frank and Rhonda Walker at the house in 2017. Photo : Jason Edwards

“We purposely didn’t overdo the tiles, though we could have,” Mr Walker said.

Set on 1350sq m of manicured gardens, the property has hosted up to 120 guests for birthday celebrations and features a tennis court, pool and pavilion, lift and conservatory with classic black and white chequered floors.

Forbes Global Properties director Mike Gibson said the house, on the corner of Grant Ave, “gets wonderful light … in a triple-A location”.

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The tennis court

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