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Sand Hill Road Group’s Matt Mullins’ lists Brighton home with The Espy-style makeover

Scott Carbines

Scott Carbines, Property Journalist

Herald Sun

Beautifully distressed walls by artist Meg Milton, who did similar work at The Espy.


Matt Mullins of leading Melbourne pub owners Sand Hill Road Group has listed his incredible Brighton home similar in style to The Espy’s stylish fit-out.

The five-bedroom house at 356 New Stis on the market for $6.5m-$7m through Marshall White Bayside director Matthew Pillios.

Mr Mullins told Property Confidential the property was being transformed at the same time as The Espy about five years ago, with English artist Meg Milton working on both.

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The Espy Hotel

Matt Mullins at the revamped Espy in 2021. Picture: Aaron Francis/The Australian


The family installed a sports court at the front of the house.


“Just like The Espy, the home was a beautiful old Victorian-era building that was just in need of some love and attention, but the bones were excellent,” he said.

“Even the additions over the years were done really respectfully, it just needed a bit of love and, just like The Espy, without ripping the soul out of the place, so that’s what we did.

“We worked with a lot of people who worked on The Espy, most notably Meg Milton.”

Milton, whose handiwork can be seen in the beautifully distressed walls of the updated iconic St Kilda pub, did the pink, and green walls of the home’s front rooms.

Milton’s work on show in the study.


All class.


A spacious lounge area.


Interior designer Eleisha Gray, who has “worked on pretty much every one” of Sand Hill Road’s venues over the past decade, also worked on the house.

The Richmond Club, Garden State, The Posty and Prahran Hotel are some of the group’s venues; they sold The Espy to Australian Venue Co. for about $100m mid-year.

They are currently working on transforming the CBD’s Waterside Hotel.

Mr Mullins said he and wife Sophie loved renovating properties so would move onto the next project, with their three children under 10 in tow.

The Mullins’ also created this stylish home cinema, with bar of course.


A new gym sits by the pool and spa at the rear.


Another formal lounge room.


“We spend a lot of time entertaining there with our kids and family and friends,” he said.

“We’ve absolutely loved hearing the screaming of kids from the front sports court, jumping on the tramp, then being with the adults at the back, kitchen, living zone making pizzas out there, with kids jumping in the pool, off the diving board, sitting in the spa.”

“For us, it’s all about having big groups of family and friends around.”

Two big changes the family made were adding a home cinema, and a gym by the pool.

Mr Pillios said it was rare opportunity close to Brighton’s Golden Mile.

“It’s a single-level dream, with so much character,” he said.

Expressions of interest close December 13 at 5pm.

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