A man in Brisbane who happens to have the same initials as Bruce Wayne insists that he isn’t a fan of superheroes, despite the secret tunnel that leads to his luxury mansion.
Brett Walker’s home in north-east Brisbane might be on par with Wayne Manor when it comes to luxury and secret features. The 50m concrete tunnel, one of just two entrances to the property, is the only part of the mansion visible from street level, and leads to an underground garage large enough for ten cars. From there, an internal lift can take you to any level in the property, where you will presumably exit through a secret passage in a grandfather clock.
“The tunnel, lift system and house is a complex feat of engineering which simply has to be seen to be believed,' reads Sotheby’s International Realty’s listing for the property, which went on sale just two weeks ago.
The seven bedroom, six bathroom mansion is located in wealthy suburb of Ascot, which is known for its grand historic homes. According to Mr Walker, it is the property's incredible view that “always shocks people”.
“The tunnel has always been a massive wow factor and it makes my mates laugh, but the whole Batman thing, it's not really my style,” Mr Walker told Domain.
“Apart from the tunnel, it's the view that always shocks people... The view blows them away.”
There is plenty of space for the odd sidekick: the lower floor of Mr Walker’s home features a self contained guest room, while the third floor offers a master retreat complete with its own terrace, walk-in-wardrobe and double ensuite.
Outside, the mansion offers a mosaic tiled plunge pool and a “cubby house”. The property is also outfitted with C-Bus home smart automation, along with a fully-alarmed security system.
If that weren’t enough, the home’s “extensive list of luxuries” also includes a games room, theatre, temperature controlled wine cellar, zen room and two swimming pools. There is also an extensive fitness centre that takes up half a level, though it definitely isn’t used for training in the fight against crime.
For anyone interested in becoming the Australian Batman, Mr Walker’s home is currently on sale. According to data from CoreLogic, it is worth between $6.7m and $9.2m, though Sotheby’s is offering a “price by negotiation” deal.
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