08 May 2023 | 5 mins

Ricky and Rianna Ponting list luxury $16m home - Financial Review

Ricky and Rianna Ponting list luxury $16m home - Financial Review

The Pontings have a lot on their plate. The family of five is in India, midway through Ricky’s three-month IPL coaching role with the Delhi Capitals.

Ricky and his wife of 21 years, Wollongong law graduate and mum-of-three, Rianna, speak to AFR Weekend from Delhi. During the call, they’re supervising their children’s online lessons while battling a poor internet connection. The couple is also co-ordinating a move while selling the family home more than 10,000 kilometres away.

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

“We’re on the other side of the world, we’re trying to sell our house, we’re trying to move into the other place in September, so there’s a bit going on,” Ricky says.

However, despite some background noise, (Rianna occasionally shushes a child who has swapped online learning for indoor cricket), the couple are happy to share the story of their beloved family home of the last decade – and why they’ve decided to sell.

Their seven-bedroom home, “Shandford” on Brighton’s Golden Mile, has hit Melbourne’s prestige market with a guide of between $14.8 million and $16 million. The highly anticipated listing follows the Pontings’ recent purchase of a Toorak mansion for $20.7 million.

Back in 2013, the couple were living in Sydney’s Sutherland Shire in a modern home overlooking Port Hacking – and grappling with where to send their young children to school.

“We were a bit too far away from the better schools in Sydney, which were up in the eastern suburbs,” explains Ponting. “It wasn’t really the lifestyle we were after.”

After Ricky retired from international cricket at the end of 2012, the couple decided to move to Victoria, landing in Melbourne’s Bayside. For Rianna, the St Ninians Road home was love at first sight.

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Rianna Ponting says she loves waking up in the spacious home bathed in natural light.

“I saw our house online and flew straight to Melbourne – and that was it. It was my dream home and we moved.”

They purchased it in 2013 for $9.25 million from Jan Hunter and her late husband Geoff – of sports and toy company Hunter Products.

Ricky was sold on Brighton’s vibrant lifestyle.

“Plenty of school options and restaurants and beaches and parks, and it was just an ideal fit for the stage we were at with the two little kids.”

The former Australian captain also enjoyed being around the corner from his dear friend and old teammate, the late Shane Warne.

“Shane living there did play a big role in us moving to Brighton,” Rianna says. “We had been to his home many times and fell in love with the area and Ricky loved having a mate around the corner to play golf with.”

Although their new home was full of character, the 1920s-built home needed a revamp.

“We did the floors, the kitchen, put in a dressing room – we put in quite a bit of work,” Rianna says.

Today, the three-level home features a grand entrance foyer, timber-panelled study and seven oversized bedrooms with bay and city views along with private laneway access to the beach.

“We did the floors, the kitchen, put in a dressing room – we put in quite a bit of work,” Rianna says.

Today, the three-level home features a grand entrance foyer, timber-panelled study and seven oversized bedrooms with bay and city views along with private laneway access to the beach.

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Shandford occupies 1900 square metres and has a private laneway to the beach.

When Melbourne endured one of the world’s strictest COVID-19 lockdowns, the space was a godsend.

“We were so lucky to live on the beach, and have that one hour a day out on the beach and have all that space for the kids, and different levels to sleep on – we’d have sleepovers on the third level sometimes to change it up,” Rianna recalls.

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

Now, with their three children – Emmy, 14, Matisse, 11, and Fletcher, 8, – growing up, the couple have decided to swap Bayside living for well-heeled Toorak.

The reason the cricketing great and his family are heading to Melbourne’s most exclusive – and expensive – postcode is surprisingly relatable: kids sport.

“Our daughter is at a high school in Toorak and also a rower, so we need to be closer to the river because the 4am starts are killing us,” Rianna says.

For the Pontings, life now revolves around their children’s sport and social lives.

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Gone for a ton: Former Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting paid about $20.7 million for this Linlithgow Avenue home in Melbourne’s Toorak.

“My son and daughter – all their sport is over that side of town, so we’ve just been dragged that way to be honest,” explains the batsman. “Most of Rianna’s school friends and school mums are on that side of town, so it’s a real lifestyle change.”

The couple is moving into the Toorak home of downsizing packaging executive Alex Commins – who founded carton supplier Colorpak – and wife Nicola. The Pontings’ new home on Linlithgow Road was designed by Toorak design trifecta architect Nicholas Day, interiors by the late Stuart Rattle and gardens by Paul Bangay.

Although Ricky points out the kids will be taking a “bit of a haircut” in terms of space, the six-bedroom Toorak home on 1400 square metres hardly constitutes a downsize. Described as a “modern classic”, the new abode comes with a pool, tennis court and garage space for four cars.

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The Pontings’ new Toorak mansion was designed by Nicholas Day and Stuart Rattle with gardens by Paul Bangay.

Rianna says she is excited about the move and ready to “change things up,” but the reality of saying goodbye to their family base of the last decade is starting to hit.

“I’m really sad to leave – I was watching the video of the house I got sent today and I cried.” Rianna says. “We’ve got such happy memories and we brought our little Fletchie home there.”

Sports-mad Ricky will miss the 14-seat cinema most.

“There’s a big theatre on the bottom level, and after dinner and the kids are done and in bed, that’s where you’ll find me most of the time either watching the footy on weekends or the golf mid-week” Ricky laughs. “That’s probably the room I’ve spent most of the time in.”

Rianna says the upstairs master suite has been her favourite spot.

“We have a little sitting area in front of our bed, and we sit there with our diaries out, that’s where we have a glass of wine at the end of the night that’s just a little oasis for us.”

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Rianna Ponting’s favourite room: the luxury master suite.

For Ricky, who grew up in a “beer and barbecue” household, the ability to move from one luxury home to another in Melbourne’s best suburbs still feels surreal.

“I was in housing commission homes until even after I was playing cricket for Australia,” Ricky says. “Lucky enough for me, I worked hard enough, and I had enough talent to make that work and now Rianna and I can provide something pretty special for our kids and our family growing up.”

While Launceston-raised Ponting says his childhood is a “far cry” from his current lifestyle, the inner-Taswegian can’t mask his excitement at the news the southernmost state is set to welcome Australia’s 19th AFL team.

“It’s been a lot of years in the making, and the whole state will just be pumped to finally have their own AFL team there, for sure.”

Now the Brighton chapter is drawing to a close, the Ponting clan are preparing for a busy 2023 of coaching, commentating, running the family wine label, Ponting Wines, and heading up the Ponting Foundation which helps young Australians with cancer.

“I’ve got IPL, the Ashes and the World Cup all in the one-year, so the next six months I’ve got only a matter of weeks at home. So Rianna will be living in the new house by herself for most of this year,” Ricky says.

“I’ve done it before,” shoots back the veteran WAG.

The property is for sale through Forbes Global’s Mike Gibson in partnership with Andrew Smith of BuyerX.