Historic home set for revamp

The Cliffe in Peppermint Grove.

An historic Peppermint Grove homestead that sparked a decade of debate and a parliamentary inquiry has been sold to a mystery Perth family after years on the market.

The Cliffe became one of Perth's most talked about houses when Premier Colin Barnett was dragged into a row over its removal from the State heritage register in 2009.

The 17-room property sold on Saturday night after an auction earlier in the day.

Though agent Chris Shellabear would not reveal the selling price, he said it sold for "substantially above" $3 million.

"The great thing about it is we've sold it to a family who are going to renovate it as their family home," he said.

"It is a local family with interest in Claremont."

The home was built in 1895 for businessman and timber merchant Neil McNeil.

It was later home to David McComb, the lead singer of rock band The Triffids.

Millionaire prospector and current owner Mark Creasy bought the property for $2.65 million in 1995. For years he battled with the Shire of Peppermint Grove and the Heritage Council to redevelop the property.

Mr Creasy said he was pleased the new owners planned to renovate the home.

"I have been trying to sell it for the past 17 years," he said.

The Cliffe was once almost lost to demolition and has been removed twice from the heritage register.

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