Art collector Danny Goldberg leads the who’s who of vacation home buyers
The agency’s Ben Olufsen declined to reveal the outcome of the sale, but sold the four-bedroom residence within a week to the six-time Archibald Prize finalist, making a tree change from the Cronulla home that he and his wife Simone sold in December for $4.6 million. .
On the Central Coast, power tool wholesaler David Mills, known as the ‘eBay Man’, set a Patonga record $6.03 million when he bought a Hamptons-style beachfront home through Stuart Gan.
Mills also set a Seaforth record in 2017 when he bought his Sydney waterfront home for $12.675 million. It’s all a good time for vodka baron Julian Moss, considering he’s listed his Hawkesbury River home of the past 25 years, Lambourne Estate.
Moss is the former IT recruiting businessman whose VDKA 6100 was launched in 2014, backed by James Packer and designed by Hollywood heavyweight Robert De Niro.
In 1996, he bought his historic property on 14 acres of river frontage in Lower Portland for $950,000 from veteran stockbroker Brent Potts, to create what now looks more like a millionaire’s playground given the short tennis, swimming pool, boathouse, pontoon, equestrian facilities and independent guest house.
Expect to pay $14-15 million via Christie’s Darren Curtis and Vella Iverson’s Trent Iverson.
DA plans in preparation
In Bellevue Hill, the iconic Kharkov house, sitting above a distinctive semi-circular sandstone retaining wall, could be demolished, if Quadrant Private Equity’s Jonathon Pearce and his wife Zoe get their way.
The couple filed a DA with Woollahra Council to demolish the residence built in 1914 to make way for a three-storey house with a swimming pool and three basement levels, at a cost of just under £8million. dollars.
Construction costs are almost as high as the $8.8 million the couple paid for the home in 2018, when it was sold by medical specialists Tania Markovic and Olav Nielssen, who commissioned their own redesign from architect Huw Turner with a cantilevered glass elevator.
Meanwhile, tech entrepreneur Patrick Grove has hit a stumbling block in building his dream home on the Darling Point waterfront.
The co-founder and head of Catcha Group paid $28 million in 2017 for a dilapidated house that won approval to be demolished a year later to make way for a two-story residence with a swimming pool.
A modified DA to dig and create an underground cellar was also checked off, but a more recent bid to double the size of the cellar was turned down following a host of complaints from neighbours.