John ‘Foxy’ Robinson has just concluded the deal to buy the Bellevue House for $4.7 million, making it the most expensive luxury home in Darwin. But he is not stopping at that and worked out plans for giving the house ‘a good reno’. He wants to turn the Bellevue House into a stately home with all the trimmings. The red brick walls will be painted white. The 13 bedroom mansion will be fenced from all around and Mr. Robinson wants ceiling fans installed throughout the house.
John Robinson who is a former Katherine meat worker had worked as a laborer during the construction of the Bellevue House but was given his marching orders by the site foreman. Now that he owns it, he wants to give it the look of a government house. He wants to renovate the house into an old-style Territory home. The final image of the house he has in mind looks great and he plans to have the new look house ready by the Darwin Cup.
The Bellevue House is located between East Point Rd, Elizabeth St and Ross Smith Ave in Fannie Bay and is the most commanding structure in the area. The house was built in 1988 by bourbon importer Norm Foster and became known as Jim Beam House. He had initially put the entire property including the buildings at the rear of the mansion on the market for $10 million. When he couldn’t find a buyer he split it into two lots and managed to sell both. Mr. Robinson is flush with funds as he has received $70 million from the sale of his two airport hotels. He has also won the federal government contract to build a 1500-bed detention centre at Wickham Point.