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The Fairfax family owned Elaine in Point Piper for 126 years before it sold in April 2017
The Fairfax family owned Elaine in Point Piper for 126 years before it sold in April 2017

Trophy Property:

  • The finest homes including luxury real estate not yet on the market, homes with water views, properties with acreage and estates - www.trophyhomes.com/
  • A trophy property is a real estate term for the top 2% of properties in a given (sub)category, though the term typically refers to residences, architecturally or historically preserved properties, high-amenity natural land and properties with spectacular views, or other extraordinary amenities - Wikipedia
See also: Trophy Homes 2016

Heritage homes noted by Domain or Property Observer as 'Trophy Homes' in 2017



Sydney’s trophy home market has recorded its biggest year to date with more than half a billion dollars changing hands from the top 20 sales alone.
  • The $552 million worth of deals comes despite a lack of foreign buyers among the top sales.
  • This year’s high turnout of local identities behind the biggest deals marks a dramatic turnaround on just two years ago when eight of the top 10 sales were funded by overseas business interests. Read more:
Trophy 1:

Trophy 1. $71 million: Elaine at Point Piper


Tech billionaire Scott Farquhar led the bull run of locals on the trophy market this year when he paid $71 million for the Point Piper estate Elaine.
Tech billionaire Scott Farquhar led the bull run of locals on the trophy market this year when he paid $71 million for the Point Piper estate Elaine.


Take a bow Scott Farquhar, who at 37 years of age, upgraded from his two-bedroom unit in Pyrmont to buy Australia’s most expensive house, Elaine, for $71 million.
  • Scott Farquhar has bought Australia’s most expensive residence, the Elaine estate in Point Piper.
  • Funding the gap between his first home purchase and owning Australia’s most expensive house is the meteoric rise in his net worth since co-founding the global tech giant Atlassian with his university mate Mike Cannon-Brookes in 2002, using $10,000 in credit card debt.
  • Having debuted on the BRW Young Rich List in 2007, the tech duo topped the list last year with a combined wealth of $4.6 billion thanks in part to last year’s float of Atlassian on the US stock exchange.

The 1863-built mansion has been home to one of the world’s longest-running media dynasties since Geoffrey Evan Fairfax bought it in 1891 for £2100, and the sale by John Brehmer Fairfax ends 126 years of continuous family ownership.
  • Built in 1863, Elaine has been home to one of the world’s longest-running media dynasties since Geoffrey Evan Fairfax bought it in 1891 for £2100.
  • In 1936 ownership was transferred to Sir Vincent Fairfax and Lady (Nancy) Fairfax for £19,000, and their son John Brehmer Fairfax bought the bulk of the estate in 1989 for $3 million.
  • The sale brings an end to 126 years of continuous family ownership.


Mr Fairfax, who sold his remaining 9.7 per cent stake in Fairfax Media for $189 million in 2011, announced his decision to sell the historic property in September 2013 because no one in the family had lived in it for almost 20 years.
  • After it officially hit the market in 2014 the sales campaign was stifled by concerns from within Woollahra Council of potential over-development of the site, particularly in light of a previous council subdivision into six lots.
The imposing three-storey home was built in 1863 for William Francis Norie.
The imposing three-storey home was built in 1863 for William Francis Norie.

The main residence is protected by council due its “special significance”, but is approved for significant remodelling.
  • DA-approved plans for four separate properties on the estate were approved in early 2016 amid a new marketing campaign billing it “Elaine Gardens” that opened the sale up to include developers or a syndicate of buyers.
  • Those DA-approved plans also heralded the first official price guides on each proposed property with a total price tag of $75 million to $80 million.
  • The estimated stamp duty on a $70 million house is $4.84 million.
The view north over Sydney Harbour from Elaine.
The view north over Sydney Harbour from Elaine.

At the time the property was officially listed in 2014, architect and historian Howard Tanner said: “There’s no doubt this property is one of the sort of landmarks on Sydney Harbour.
  • “People who go past from their boats or walk along the beach look up here and see something that evokes an older, rather special Sydney that survives. And I think these sorts of properties are extraordinarily rare – this one of the rarest.”


The Fairfax family have not lived in Elaine for more than 20 years.
The Fairfax family have not lived in Elaine for more than 20 years.


Trophy 2:

Trophy 2. $30 million*: Wunulla Road, Point Piper


This summer marks the end of an era for the wealthy O’Neil family after their private playground on the Point Piper waterfront sold, ending almost 60 years of ownership.
This summer marks the end of an era for the wealthy O’Neil family after their private playground on the Point Piper waterfront sold, ending almost 60 years of ownership.
The wealthy O’Neil family sold their private playground on the Point Piper waterfront.
  • The 2000 square metre property doesn’t actually have a house but the harbour front site does lay claim to a swimming pool, boatshed and four private marina berths that have long been the scene of many family milestone celebrations.
  • As news of the sale spread among family and friends there was already talk of one last get-together these holidays before the property is passed into new ownership.
29A Wunulla Road, Point Piper NSW 2027 Photo: supplied
29A Wunulla Road, Point Piper NSW 2027 Photo: supplied


Trophy 3:

Trophy 3. $22.45 million: 10 Bay Street, Mosman


This Mosman home on the waterfront at Beauty Point is only residence not in the eastern suburbs to make the top 10 sales of 2017.
This Mosman home on the waterfront at Beauty Point is only residence not in the eastern suburbs to make the top 10 sales of 2017.
SYDNEY’S largest harbourfront residential holding — at 10 Bay St in Mosman — has reportedly been sold for close to $22.4 million, just short of the North Shore $22.5 million highest sale record.
  • The property sold through Mark Manners of Simoen Manners, in conjunction with Monika Tu of Black Diamondz Concierge.
  • Mr Manners has confirmed the sale went to an eastern suburbs family who plan to renovate and live in the property.
“The house itself is not in great shape, as the former China-based owners had left the property unoccupied for almost five years,” Mr Manners said.
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“However the property is an extremely rare buy, as it offers Sydney’s largest waterfront estate, set on level land which is also rare for a waterfront property.”
  • Offering over 5000sq m, the residence last sold by retired car dealer Laurie Sutton and wife Di in 2012 to offshore Chinese buyer, Ying Li, for $20 million.
  • The estate houses a five-bedroom mansion, along with a self-contained guesthouse, swimming pool, tennis court, slipway, boatshed and private beach.
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  • Mr Sutton had owned the home for 34 years, and it is was where he and his wife raised their family.
  • “My children played cricket on the lawn and had many parties on the floodlit tennis court and in the pool,’’ Mr Sutton told The Mosman Daily at the time.
  • “It was the place where all the family’s friends would hang out.’’
  • Mr Sutton said it was a very private place: “once inside the gates, you leave the world behind”.
  • “It’s an estate for a young family to enjoy and make full use of all the gardens and facilities.’’
  • Mr Sutton is not the only identity to live at the estate, with the home once being home to TV personality couple Bob and Dolly Dyer — famous for being the stars of Pick A Box.
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Trophy 4:

Trophy 4. $22.1 million: 2 The Point Road, Woolwich

The Salter family sold their Woolwich home, Vailele, to the Wangs.
Vailele, 2 The Point Road, Woolwich NSW - sold for $22.1 million
Vailele, 2 The Point Road, Woolwich NSW - sold for $22.1 million
Vailele, the Salter family's Federation residence, is set on 3220 square metres, was built in 1892, and has a waterfront with a private jetty.
  • The three-storey sandstone house, whose name derives from the Samoan term for running water, has only had five owners.
  • Vailele is best known for starring in the 1983 mini-series Return to Eden, when it was owned by meat trader Trevor Wadland.
  • It set a then record high for the exclusive Woolwich peninsula when it last traded in 1993 for $3 million, when bought by the late co-founder of Salmat, Phil Salter and his wife Christine.
  • A "sold" notice appeared on the property's domain.com.au listing over the recent weekend. Ken Jacobs, of Christie's International, declined to reveal the sale price, confirming only that it sold.

It was listed earlier this year with a guide of $24 million to $26 million. Sources have tipped the price at close to that asking price, but settlement will confirm the exact result.
  • The sale tops the previous high set by the nearby historic mansion, Bulwarra, sold by Hollywood star Cate Blanchett and her husband Andrew Upton earlier this year for $18 million. It also beats an unfinalised, agreed sale price of $19.8 million for the Blanchett property two years ago.
  • Read more on this page: Vailele, Woolwich

Trophy 5:

Trophy 5. $21 million+: Victoria Road, Bellevue Hill

Brambles chairman Stephen Johns sold Belhaven in Bellevue Hill to the Stevens family.

Want to live next to Lachland and Sarah Murdoch? That's asking $26 million...


85 Victoria Road Bellevue Hill NSW 2023
85 Victoria Road Bellevue Hill NSW 2023

The Bellevue Hill mansion of long-time Westfield executive and Brambles chairman Stephen Johns and his wife Michele Bender is up for grabs for the first time in almost 30 years for $25 million to $27 million.
  • The 2100 square metre neighbour to the Le Manoir home of media mogul Lachlan Murdoch and his wife Sarah dates back to 1919, when it was rebuilt by Sunday Times newspaper owner and showbiz entrepreneur Hugh "Huge Deal" McIntosh.
  • By 1930 the Victoria Road property was home to the Resch's brewing scion Arnold Resch, and from 1942 to 1948 it was run as the Belhaven Babies Home, run by controversial businessman Leslie Owen Bailey, who sent many of the babies born there to be raised at his Hopewood House orphanage in Bowral.
  • Read moreon this page: Belhaven, Bellevue Hill

Trophy 6:

Trophy 6. $20 million+: Bonnington, Victoria Road, Bellevue Hill

Bonnington is the Bellevue Hill home of the late businessman Neville Christie.
  • The long-time Bellevue Hill home of the late businessman and property developer Neville Christie sold on Wednesday afternoon for about $22 million.
  • The result is the highest house sale in the suburb since the neighbouring Leura mansion set a suburb record at $30.8 million in late 2015 when it sold to businessman and yachtie Wilson Lee and his wife Baoyu Wu.

Bonnington is the historic Tudor-style manor built in 1934 on a subdivision off the neighbouring Rona estate and designed by architect F. Glynn Gilling.
A mystery buyer has paid about $22 million for the Bellevue Hill mansion Bonnington.
A mystery buyer has paid about $22 million for the Bellevue Hill mansion Bonnington.
  • It was owned by the Christie family for the past 56 years after it was sold for £36,500 by merchant James Brown Milne.
  • Michael and James Dunn, of Richardson & Wrench Double Bay, had a guide of $20 million on the property when it was listed a month ago, and three buyers submitted offers before the expressions of interest deadline on Wednesday.
  • Michael Dunn declined to reveal the exact sale price or buyer details, confirming only that the property had sold.
Bonnington is set on set on 2200 square metres of north-facing hillside.
Bonnington is set on set on 2200 square metres of north-facing hillside.

According to well-placed sources, one of the underbidders was a senior real estate executive and another is a Point Piper local who heralds from a wealthy Singapore-based family.
  • The buyer at some $22 million is rumoured to be a senior executive from News Corporation.
  • The two-storey residence has original period details throughout, including a porte-cochere entry and a grand entry foyer. There are six bedrooms and formal and informal living areas, all set on 2200 square metres of north-facing hillside.
The Bellevue Hill mansion known as Bonnington is on the market for the first time since 1961.
The Bellevue Hill mansion known as Bonnington is on the market for the first time since 1961.

Trophy 7:

Trophy 7. $20 million*: Ashton House, 102 Elizabeth Bay Road, Elizabeth Bay

Retired car dealer Ray Harris sold historic Ashton House in Elizabeth Bay.

Historic Ashton House sells for $20 million to Elizabeth Bay neighbour


LUCY MACKEN SEP 21, 2017
The Elizabeth Bay trophy home Ashton House has sold for $20 million, smashing the local non-waterfront house price record by $5 million.
  • The sale result is almost double the $10.75 million that retired car dealer Ray Harris and his interior designer wife Robyn paid for the 1870-era residence in 2009.
  • Sources say a couple approached the Harris family to buy their historic residence with a local agent rumoured to be involved in the negotiations.
Good as new: The historic Thomas Rowe-designed residence has been renovated.
Good as new: The historic Thomas Rowe-designed residence has been renovated.


The property was designed by renowned colonial architect Thomas Rowe and had been extensively renovated during the Harris family’s eight years ownership.
  • Ashton stood on 2100 square metres a decade ago when it sold as a mortgagee sale for $12.2 million to property developer Southern Cross Group. A subdivision followed, with the front parcel now apartments, and the rear 1070-square-metre block on which Ashton House sits sold to the Harris family.


NSW Heritage: Ashton


Ashton represents a rare and intact example of a Victorian Italianate villa in its original grounds situated on the Sydney Harbour waterfront, dating from 1875.

  • Designed by the architect Thomas Rowe as his family home, the house and grounds are a fine example of the major domestic work of this prominent 19th Century architect.
  • Ashton is rare in the State as one of the small group of surviving major domestic works attributed to Thomas Rowe, together with Tresco, Kincoppal, and Heathcote Hall.
  • The building retains its distinctive exterior and interior features and the grounds retain important landscape elements, which contribute to the surrounding landscape and relate the property with the other surviving villas of Thomas Rowe.
  • The visual link between the house and Elizabeth Bay that dictated its original siting survives. The house and grounds are a prominent landmark in the locality, visible from Elizabeth Bay, Elizabeth Point, Elizabeth Bay Road, the Esplanade, and other waterfront properties.

The house and grounds demonstrate the evolution of the culture, taste, lifestyle and affluence of Sydney's professional and mercantile elite over the period of 1875-1942.
  • Eminent former owners include Thomas Rowe, John Grafton Ross, Charles Henry Hoskins and Sir Cecil Harold Hoskins, who were important figures in the development of Australian architecture and industry, including CSR (Ross), Australasian Gaslight Company (Ross), Australian General Insurance (Ross), Hoskins Iron and Steel Co. (Charles Hoskins), and BHP (Cecil Hoskins).
  • The grandeur, quality, style and situation of the house and grounds provide evidence of the affluence and importance of these figures in Australian architecture and industry.

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Trophy 8:

Trophy 8. $18 million+*: Sundorne, Bellevue Hill

Cranbrook School sold the Bellevue Hill trophy Sundorne to property developer Eduard Litver.

Sir Peter Abeles' former Bellevue Hill mansion now fetches $18 million


1920s Bellevue Hill trophy home Sundorne
1920s Bellevue Hill trophy home Sundorne

Update: Cranbrook School sells Bellevue Hill house Sundorne for $18 million to developer Eduard Litver



Cranbrook School has sold the 1920s Bellevue Hill trophy home Sundorne for more than $18 million.
  • The 2549-square-metre estate across the road from the exclusive private school was bought by wealthy eastern suburbs property developer Eduard Litver.
The English Manor-style residence was sold to the school under the hammer in 2013 for $15.5 million by the estate of the late arts philanthropist Claire Dan to be part of the school’s expansion plans.
  • The Sundorne residence was planned to make up part of the school’s expansion plans when bought four years ago. Photo: Supplied
  • However, those plans were abandoned earlier this year and it was returned to the market in September with a guide of $18 million-plus with Elliott Placks, of Ray White Double Bay, and Bill Malouf, of LJ Hooker Double Bay.
Neither agent would comment when asked about the buyer’s identity or sale price, except to confirm the property has sold.
  • Independent sources say Mr Litver was one of at least two buyers circling the property in recent weeks, and the exchange was finally approved by the school’s board late on Wednesday.

Sundorne, 23 Victoria Road, Bellevue Hill NSW
Sundorne, 23 Victoria Road, Bellevue Hill NSW

Sundorne, 23 Victoria Road, Bellevue Hill NSW
Update: Cranbrook returns Bellevue Hill’s Sundorne manor to the trophy shelf

LUCY MACKEN DOMAIN PRESTIGE REPORTER SEP 22, 2017
It was a dark and stormy May night in 2013 when the Bellevue Hill mansion Sundorne went under the hammer for $15,501,000, thanks to the raised hand of Network Seven’s commercial director Bruce McWilliam on behalf of Cranbrook School’s then-president Helen Nugent.
  • The 1920s-built English Manor (Interwar Old English)-style residence with swimming pool, tennis court and an impressive 2549-square-metre block, of the late arts philanthropist Claire Dan was meant to be part of the exclusive private school’s great expansion plans. But not any more.
  • Buyers can expect to pay more than $18 million for the property that was the centre of so much competition when it last hit the market, heralding a distinct shift in the prestige market that was, finally, shaking off the last of the GFC hangover.
  • Read more: Cranbrook returns Bellevue Hill’s Sundorne manor to the trophy shelf, on page: Sundorne, Bellevue Hill

Trophy 9:
Glasslyn, 10 Cross Street, Mosman, NSW (1906)
Glasslyn, 10 Cross Street, Mosman, NSW (1906)

Trophy 9. Glasslyn, a Cross Street, Mosman trophy home has fetched possibly close to a $16 million sale.

One of Mosman's priciest non-waterfront homes sells
  • Settlement figures will show the Federation residence sold for one of the suburb's priciest homes off the harbour.
  • The non-waterfront record has stood since 2012 when BridgeLane Group's Markus Kahlbetzer paid $18 million for his Mandolong Road home.
  • Brendan McAssey, the childcare entrepreneur, bought the Alex Popov-designed house next door last year for $17.3 million.
  • McGrath Mosman agents Michael Coombs and John Melville sold the Glassyn which last traded for $11 million in 2006.

Historic residence Glasslyn scores place among Mosman’s most expensive houses


LUCY MACKEN DOMAIN PRESTIGE REPORTER NOV 21, 2017

The Mosman historic Federation residence Glasslyn has sold for more than $16 million, making it both the second highest sale this year and scoring a place among the suburb’s most expensive houses.
  • Glasslyn is a heritage-listed residence that was built in 1906 and designed by notable Federation-era architectural firm Spain and Cosh for merchant and banker George Porter.
  • Set on more than 2000 square metres, it last traded for $11 million in 2006 when sold by pay TV executive Richard Hutchinson.
  • The non-waterfront home of Nanuk Asset Management director Paul Chadwick and his wife Giselle had been on the market since this time last year, initially with hopes of between $16 million to $17.5 million, and more recently with a $16 million bottom line with McGrath’s Michael Coombs, who sold it.
  • Coombs was unable to reveal the sale price given confidentiality orders, but confirmed it sold to a local family. Settlement will reveal the exact sale price.

Mosman home for sale with price guide of over $16 million


Glasslyn is a stately Federation home, designed by Spain and Cosh Architects for the Porter family.
  • “Glasslyn” is a well-known local icon and is perched on the highest point in Mosman; this Federation home has a history just as rich as its dazzling design.
  • The property was given an extensive renovation in 2006 to bring it into the modern era, but the integrity of the original home has been kept.
  • The grandness of the property becomes apparent from the moment you enter across the grand circular driveway.
  • On a whopping 200sq m block, the lush landscaped gardens look out to panoramic views of the harbour.[1]
Glasslyn, 10 Cross Street, Mosman, NSW (1906)
Glasslyn, 10 Cross Street, Mosman, NSW (1906)


The classic design is maintained throughout the interior with high patterned ceilings, lead light windows, grand fireplaces and polished wood floors.
  • A classic colour palette featuring whites and creams ensures the interior design remains timeless, but also leaves room for the new owner to inject their own style and taste.
  • The separate self-contained studio or fifth bedroom makes the property ideal for guests or even in-laws living at home. The kitchen with scullery is also bound to be the envy of any budding chef with an island bench and top of the range appliances.
  • Other features include a swimming pool, enormous laundry room, temperature controlled wine cellar, three large storage rooms and triple lock up garage
  • The property is conveniently located close to Rawson Oval and Tennis Courts, the Mosman Shopping Village, Balmoral Beach, Taronga Zoo and Queenwood Private Girl’s school.
  • Read more: page Glasslyn, Mosman

Trophy 10:

Trophy 10. Investment banker Scott Malcolm sells Edgecliff trophy home 'Carmel' for $15 million

Oct 23, 2017Lucy Macken
Scott Malcolm and Jane Taylor have sold their F. Glynn Gilling-designed home, Carmel.
Scott Malcolm and Jane Taylor have sold their F. Glynn Gilling-designed home, Carmel.


Investment banker Scott Malcolm and his wife Jane Taylor scored Sydney’s highest sale of the weekend (Oct 23, 2017) when a local buyer agreed to pay more than $15 million for their trophy home Carmel.

  • The result wasn’t the $19 million they originally hoped for when it was listed in April, but is at least more than double the $6,775,000 the couple paid for it in 2001.
  • The executive chairman of Greenstone Partners and his wife are moving to Elizabeth Bay, where they paid $8.55 million last year for a penthouse that was previously owned by Hermes Australia boss Karin Upton Baker and her husband Gary Baker.
The 1930s designed house has distinctive art deco and Mediterranean villa touches.
The 1930s designed house has distinctive art deco and Mediterranean villa touches.

Michael Pallier, of Sotheby’s International, was gagged by confidentiality orders from revealing the sale price but confirmed it had sold. Multiple sources say a local buyer paid a “smidge over $15 million”.
Scott Malcolm. Photo: Jessica Hromas
Scott Malcolm. Photo: Jessica Hromas


  • Set on 1290 square metres and designed by 1930s-era architect F. Glynn Gilling in his classic Mediterranean villa-style, it was built for prominent stockbroker of the day Stanley Utz, who became federal treasurer of the Liberal Party in the 1950s.
The property has garnered an impressive line-up of equally notable owners over the decades.
  • The founder of the Daily Mirror tabloid newspaper Ezra Norton bought it in 1959 for £17,000 soon after he married his secretary Emma “Peggy” Morrison.
  • Newspaper mogul Rupert Murdoch bought it in 1968 for $200,000 from the late Gladys Penfold Hyland, of the Penfolds Wine family.
  • Businessman John Mellick and his wife Gemile bought it in 1990 for $3.25 million, transferring it to their daughter Kate and her husband Dominic Roche, of the wealthy Nutrimetics family for $4.5 million in 1999.
  • When the Roches sold it to Malcolm in 2001 for $6,775,000 it set a suburb record that remained unbroken until sold again on the weekend.

Trophy 11:

Trophy 11. South Yarra trophy home sells for $11.1 million


Grand Edwardian Family Residence


This light filled Edwardian family residence has a return veranda and broad street frontage of 47.25 metres on two titles, the main title with two allotments with separate self-contained apartment, championship North South tennis court and pool
  • Late last year the home next door was bought by Swisse vitamins chief executive officer Radek Sali for $12.5 million from Stokehouse restaurant owners Frank And Sharon Van Haandel, who have since bought the Toorak home of veteran caterer Peter Rowland.
South Yarra trophy home sells for over $11 million
South Yarra trophy home sells for over $11 million

Rocky's fruit and veg wholesaler Daniel D'Andrea has bought this grand Edwardian home in the sought after Como House precinct in South Yarra.
  • He paid $11.1 million for the Fulham Avenue home that sits on two titles covering a sprawling 2240 sqm.
  • The home has five bedrooms and four bathrooms. There is a self-contained apartment.
  • A championship size tennis court and swimming pool sit in the grounds.
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Trophy 12:

Trophy 12. Pokie heir Mark Ainsworth sells Birchgrove’s Clifton Villa for $9.5 million


Birchgrove's Gothic-style landmark Clifton Villa has sold for $9.5 million.
Birchgrove's Gothic-style landmark Clifton Villa has sold for $9.5 million.

The sons of Sydney’s billionaire pokie king Len Ainsworth and luxury car dealer Ian Pagent have done a $9.5 million deal on the historic Birchgrove residence, Clifton Villa.
  • Mark Ainsworth, one of seven sons of the Aristocrat Game Technology chairman, set a Birchgrove record when he bought Gothic-style residence on the Birchgrove clifftop with his then wife Belinda in 2000 for $3,525,000.
  • Records show Nick Pagent, chief executive of the family’s Auto Sports Group, and his wife Kylie negotiated to buy the property from Ainsworth directly, having already rented it in recent years.
Clifton Villa in 1998, two years before it was bought by the Ainsworths for $3,525,000.
Clifton Villa in 1998, two years before it was bought by the Ainsworths for $3,525,000.
The non-waterfront, 1870-built property was built for tailor George Elsworthy and did a stint in the early 1880s as a private boarding school.
  • Ainsworth already holds the suburb record for his 2008 purchase of a waterfront house around the corner for $11.5 million.
  • He also made headlines in 2015 when he bought a Surry Hills converted warehouse with a heart-shaped pool for $7.55 million.

Trophy 13:

Trophy 13. Garden estate Sefton, Mount Macedon sold, over $7 million.

The historic garden estate Sefton at Mount Macedon has finally been sold by Gribbles Pathology founder Wallace Cameron and wife Joan.
Sefton, Mount Macedon
Sefton, Mount Macedon

The main 910 sqm homestead is a Tudor-style mansion with seven bedrooms and is complete with billiard room, glass atrium sitting room and a former ballroom.
  • Among the Sefton grounds is a nine-tree gold course, tennis court and croquet lawn along with a heated outdoor swimming pool and helipad.
  • There has been no price nor buyer disclosure. However, the word is the keenest offer came from interests associated with Thomas Lindsey, a longtime Tait’s Warrnambool lawyer turned Pausewang Family Group counsel.
  • Its last marketing had the home expecting close to $7m, through JP Dixon in conjunction with John Keating at Keatings Real Estate.
  • Cameron paid $8,175,000 in 2005.
  • They asked for $12m when they listed in 2010.
It had been on and off the market since last year, with its latest marketing campaign spanning more than 250 days.
  • Built by the Baillieu family as a summer holiday home in the early 1900s, the 8.8ha English garden was laid out with obvious influences of the Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens directors Baron von Mueller and W.R. Guilfoyle.
  • Read more: Mount Macedon VIC,

Trophy 14:

Trophy 14. 'Kenilworth' c 1896 sold at $7.1 million

Kenilworth, a large Queen Anne-style residence at 23 Barry Street, Kew has been sold.
  • Marshall White agent Doug McLauchlan sold the five-bedroom home at a private mid-week auction earlier this month, in conjunction with Greg Sinclair Property.
  • The property had $7 million to $7.7 million price hopes.
  • It reportedly subsequently sold for $7.1 million to the sole bidder at the private auction.
  • It was the Kew home of the Melbourne QC Garry Bigmore and his wife, Helen.

Kenilworth, 23 Barry Street Kew, Vic 3101
Kenilworth, 23 Barry Street Kew, Vic 3101

A particularly fine Queen Anne house by pre-eminent Federation architect, Beverly Ussher,
  • sympathetically renovated and thoughtfully extended to provide impressive thirteen room family accommodation in a flexible floorplan,
  • incorporating a spacious (120sqm approx.) fully self-contained 2 bedroom apartment,
  • garaging for at least four cars and
  • complemented by a swimming pool in a sunny north and westerly oriented private garden setting of some 1,810sqm.

Read More: Kew's Kenilworth sold at $7.1 million

Trophy 15:

Trophy 15. An Edwardian Middle Park house has sold for $6.4 million


An Edwardian Middle Park house has sold for $6.4 million making it Melbourne’s most expensive weekend auction sale.


Edwardian Middle Park house sold for $6.4 million
Edwardian Middle Park house sold for $6.4 million
  • Located at 136 Page Street, the renovated 553 sqm property has three street frontages.
  • Built in 1920 it last sold in 2015 for $5.5 million.
  • It features a formal and informal living and dining spaces with period features.
  • There is also a rear garden that includes a pool and second courtyard.
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Trophy 16:

Trophy 16. Chinese buyer who paid $5.45m for Poitiers in June just resold for $6 million

A local family who missed out on buying Poitiers earlier this year have bought it six months later for more than $6 million.
A local family who missed out on buying Poitiers earlier this year have bought it six months later for more than $6 million.
A buyer from China who bought the historic Federation property in Killara, Poitiers, for $5.45 million has resold it after six months for more than $6 million.
  • It was a Foreign Investment Review Board-approved purchase for Hongjuan Li, who took possession of the property in June after it was sold by the family of former Wallaby captain Stirling Mortlock.
  • But the more than $550,000 capital gain on the resale is expected to be a windfall for the state government’s coffers after various taxes and duties are accounted for on the purchase.
  • Mr Curran, now at McGrath, said the vendor had relisted the home when it became apparent the historic property would require restoration and maintenance.

The Federation residence has been home to two Australian sporting greats, Wallaby Stirling Mortlock and Test cricketer Bert Oldfield.
The Federation residence has been home to two Australian sporting greats, Wallaby Stirling Mortlock and Test cricketer Bert Oldfield.
Set on dress-circle Springdale Road, Poitiers was the long-time home of two Australian sporting greats, most recently former Wallaby captain Stirling Mortlock.
  • Mortlock’s parents, lawyer Patricia Mortlock and insurance broker John Mortlock bought it in 1977 for $127,000, only a week before the rugby union legend was born.

Trophy 17:

Trophy 17. Cremorne, the historic home on Hamilton Hill outside of Brisbane has been sold for just shy of $6 million at auction


Historic Hamilton Hill home Cremorne sells


Historic Hamilton Hill home Cremorne sells
Historic Hamilton Hill home Cremorne sells

The historic hillside Brisbane home, Cremorne at Hamilton has been sold by Fone Zone co-founder David McMahon and wife Tracey, following their move to Aspen, Colorado.
  • The Mullens Street home on its 2400 square metre block fetched $5,975,000 when auctioned through Sarah Hackett at Place Estate Agents.
  • The couple, who paid $6,625,000 in 2015, were only the third owners.
Cremorne, built by a publican, James O'Connor in 1905, sold to the Gunn cattle farming family descendants, Galen and Lynda Gunn.
Cremorne, built by a publican, James O'Connor in 1905, sold to the Gunn cattle farming family descendants, Galen and Lynda Gunn.
  • Galen Gunn is the director of Hawcs, an aerial surveying company that services powerlines and utility providers.
  • Their Brisbane move was prompted by schooling opportunities for their two sons.
  • Designed by architects Eaton and Bates,
  • Renovations ensure it comes with a new pavilion extension by BVN Donovan Hill, crafted from imported French zinc and featuring floor to ceilings glass, that received the 2009 Queensland division Australian Institute of Architects Award for residential architecture.
Read More:

Trophy 18:

Trophy 18. Woodlands, Killara home of Ethel Turner sold in mid-$5 millions


Killara home of Ethel Turner sold
Killara home of Ethel Turner sold
The Killara home of one of Australia’s most famous children’s authors, Ethel Turner, has been sold. The 1 Werona Avenue property sold “in the mid-$5 millions”.
  • Woodlands was formerly known as Inglewood.
  • It was where Turner wrote Seven Little Australians, earning the property its State Heritage listing.
  • The vendors Peter and Carol Himmelhoch had invested time in consulting with the State Heritage Register and Ku-ring-gai Council about upgrading the heritage property.
  • “There’s no ghost in it, everyone asks me that question,” she told the local paper.
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The renovation project of the 2113-sqm property, built circa 1884, was undertaken over three years.
  • More than 500 sqm was added to the house, a swimming pool was installed and the tennis court was reinstated with a modern hard surface.
  • Woodlands will be the new home of an out-of-area family
"Seven Little Australians" has been in print continuously for more than a century, selling more than two million copies in English and has been translated into 11 languages.
Trophy 19:

Trophy 19. Early Killara house sold for $5.26 million

Early Federation Killara house sold for $5.26 million
Early Federation Killara house sold for $5.26 million
An early Federation Killara house has been sold for $5.26 million making it Sydney’s most expensive weekend auction sale.
  • The five-bedroom house sold at its reserve price, the North Shore Times revealed with the buyer, Seal Fan, an Australian-Chinese furniture designer from Chipping Norton, who will be moving in with his wife and three children.
  • Located at 4 Stanhope Road, the 1657 sqm property provides a fusion of contemporary style and character elegance.
Built in 1890 the property was last sold in 2013 for $3.722 million, when bought by David Whiteing, Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s chief information officer, and his wife Penelope Graham, deputy chair of Sydney Motorway Corporation.
  • It sold in 2005 for $2.7 million, $2.4 million in 2004 and $1.56 million in 2000.
  • In 2007 the property was refurbished.
  • The property has a formal lounge and dining with original marble fireplaces with a casual dining with easy access to the outdoor.
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There is also a Travertine verandah with BBQ along with in-ground swimming pool and park-like landscaped backyard.


Trophy 20:

Federation Armadale house sold for $5.1 million

Federation Armadale house sold for $5.1 million
Federation Armadale house sold for $5.1 million
A Federation Armadale house sold for $5.1 million placing it among Melbourne’s most expensive weekend auction sales.
  • Located at 121 Kooyong Road, the 761 sqm property is a prized Munro Estate landmark.
  • The four-bedroom Federation-era home saw four bidders compete with the final price was significantly above reserve.
  • Built in 1900, it last sold for $800,000 in 1990.
  • It features a sitting room with bay window and gas fireplace as well as living room with open fireplace.
  • There are also living and dining room as well as a European kitchen with stone benches.
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Other Trophy Sales:
Australian Capital Territory:

Oakley & Parkes-designed Forrest home sold for $2,950,000


Oakley & Parkes-designed Forrest home sold
Oakley & Parkes-designed Forrest home sold
Canberra’s top weekend auction sale was a Forrest house designed in 1927 by Oakley & Parkes, who had previously designed The Lodge.
  • The home (above) on its 1500 sqm Barkly Crescent block last sold in 1997 at $525,000.
  • Luton Properties sold another Oakley & Parkes designed home in Forrest earlier this year.
  • Owned by the same family for more than 40 years, the residence was marketed as of 1925 origin.
  • "A traditional Oakley and Parkes design; privately hedged on this superb 2006 sqm came with high ceilings, cornices and large portrait windows.," the marketing advised.

Western Australia:

Overstand, a sprawling 1920s Wembley house, has been sold for $2.5 million.

https://www.propertyobserver.com.au/forward-planning/advice-and-hot-topics/trophy-homes/71129-trophy-home-wembley-s-first-house-overstand-sold.html