House in Melbourne’s east comes with hidden Harry Potter, Elvis Presley rooms and Betty Boop diner

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Debra and Lee Brasher at their Montrose home where the garage and “man cave” includes an Elvis and Graceland mural. Picture: Ian Currie


A property in Melbourne’s east with eye-popping features like a secret Elvis Presley-themed room, Harry Potter bedroom and replica Graceland gates is leaving buyers all shook up.

From the more than 500 Betty Boop figurines displayed in a 1950s-style private diner, to the vintage Arnott’s Biscuits tins lining shelves in the writing room, the unique house at 858 Mt Dandenong Rd, Montrose, is a place purchasers can’t help falling in love with.

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Owner Debra Brasher, with her husband Lee, is selling their three-bedroom home of 12 years with $1.29m-$1.41m price hopes.

The wife and husband are preparing for a move to the country to fulfil their dream of running a bed and breakfast.

They will also be selling some of the classic vehicles and memorabilia objects they have collected across 28 years, including an orange-coloured 1934 Ford car.

“The main thing we want is for other people to enjoy it now and to create memories of their own,” Ms Brasher said.

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Debra Brasher, with her dog Tyrion, in the private diner showcasing some of her 500 Betty Boop figurines. There is also Betty Boop-covered chairs, fridges and a bin. Picture: Ian Currie


858 Mt Dandenong Rd, Montrose - for herald sun real estate

The secret door from a Harry Potter room opens to the Elvis Presley room, where a Marilyn Munroe figure can be seen.


858 Mt Dandenong Rd, Montrose - for herald sun real estate

The home is set on 1190sq m of land.


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Many of the Brashers’ classic cars and collectibles are on display in their large shed, also known as the “man cave”. Picture: Ian Currie


Yarra Valley Auctions will host a special sale event online and at the home on August 27 and 28.

Much of the collection will remain on display at Kilsyth’s Fonzies Diner, which Mrs Brasher runs with daughter Tiarnie, who will continue to operate the business.

Their Montrose garage aka “man cave” with a vehicle hoist contains many of their acquisitions; including eight cars, petrol bowsers and fluorescent Route 66 signs – these items and three vehicles will be auctioned.

A mural depicting Elvis and Graceland is painted on the garage wall.

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Some like it hot – or a room displaying collectable car models. Picture: Ian Currie


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A hallway with a mural featuring Harry Potter characters, including Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, Dumbledore and Voldemort leads to the bedroom above the garage. A Marauder’s’s Map door provides entry to the room. Picture: Ian Currie


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Artworks hang on a wall next to the depiction of a Patronus painted onto a door. Picture: Ian Currie


Doors lead to a chequer-floored diner, showcasing the impressive Betty Boop model collection, a home theatre with life-size Batman and Wonder Woman statues and a writing room where Ms Brasher is authoring a children’s book.

This space displays circa-1954 ‘Gone with the Wind’ cards previously owned by the late Bill Collins OAM, a film critic and historian who presented movies on Australian television for decades.

858 Mt Dandenong Rd, Montrose - for herald sun real estate

The impressive home theatre.


858 Mt Dandenong Rd, Montrose - for herald sun real estate

The garage is a goldmine of memorabilia, including items sourced from overseas.


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Hundreds of vintage Arnott’s Biscuit tins on display in the writing room.


A staircase and above-garage bedroom where the walls and ceiling were painted with lifelike Harry Potter characters by airbrush artist Luke Day leads to a “secret doorway” painted with Dawn French’s ‘Fay Lady’ character from the Harry Potter films.

The door leads to the “Elvis room” housing large replicas of the King of Rock’n’Roll and Marilyn Monroe, vintage pinball machines and more.

“Lee has loved Elvis since he was little and we met at a rock and roll dance,” Mrs Brasher said.

858 Mt Dandenong Rd, Montrose - for herald sun real estate

The stylish kitchen appointed with stone benchtops, a 900mm Ilve cooker, dishwasher and wine fridge.


858 Mt Dandenong Rd, Montrose - for herald sun real estate

The large gardens features astroturf and a water pond.


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The Harry Potter bedroom includes posters, toys, cardboard figures and models.


The couple created the Harry Potter-themed room in honour of their son Corey who died aged 25 after suffering a severe asthma attack at cricket training four years ago.

Since then, the Brashers have hosted December tours of the room and their large garden Christmas display every year to raise funds for local causes.

Ms Brasher said selling the home was “very emotional” but she and her husband felt now was the right time.

858 Mt Dandenong Rd, Montrose - for herald sun real estate

The garage is home to an Elvis, Graceland and pink Cadillac mural.


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One of the home’s bedrooms.


858 Mt Dandenong Rd, Montrose - for herald sun real estate

A cosy living area with a fireplace and French doors that open to the garden.


Their 1190sq m block, accessed via two driveways, including one with the Graceland replica gates, includes gardens with a pond and a covered Bali-like hut deck for entertaining.

Their kitchen has stone benchtops, a 900mm Ilve cooker, dishwasher and wine fridge next to the dining area and French doors open to a private lounge warmed by a fireplace.

A lot of their memorabilia is not included in the house sale but will be available to purchase via negotiation.

Bell Real Estate Montrose director Ryan Bell said the “unique property” would suit a car enthusiast, buyer with a large collection requiring storage or someone with a home business.

“Being within walking distance to the shops in Montrose Village and with a very big shed is a rarity in the area,” Mr Bell said.

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