Mosman waterfront with skyline views

Flying high: The waterfront Mosman property of Steve and Lorraine Padgett comes with a landmark boat shed. Second-chance draw: The Howard Tanner-renovated hosue of Louise and David Glen, on Ocean Street, Woollahra.

Sun sets on Sundorne: The long-held Bellevue Hill mansion.

The late Claire Dan.

Around the Blok: Wrights Point.

Around the Blok: Wrights Point.

Wunulla Road, Point Piper.

Wolaroi Crescent, Tamarama.

Claraville, St Peters.

One of the most tempting listings to hit the autumn market is Curraghbeena House, the Mosman waterfront home of Alliance Aviation Services founder and chairman Steve Padgett and his wife, Lorraine.

Set at the tip of Curraghbeena Point, between Mosman Bay and Little Sirius Cove, the property is a landmark due to its Chinese-style timber boat shed, one of only two of this type on the harbour – the other is at Point Piper. With unobstructed harbour views to the city skyline, the meticulous restoration of the circa-1905 residence was overseen by architects Gary Barnes and

Mike Blakeney. Rebuilt in keeping with its architectural integrity, the four-bedroom, four-bathroom residence features an elegant formal reception hall with panoramic harbour views. Previously, the house had been split into three apartments purchased by the Padgetts between 1996 and 2004 for a total of $2,295,000.

While being sold as one dwelling, the three-level building retains its existing strata approval – and the versatile layout could be configured as three luxurious apartments. With landscaped terraced gardens and a staircase leading down to a sandstone-wall harbour swimming pool, the property is expected to fetch more than $7 million at auction on May 30 through Kingsley Yates of Ray White Lower North Shore.

Second-chance draw

Lingering on the market, since it passed in on a $7 million vendor bid at auction three weeks ago through McGrath agent Ben Collier, is a Woollahra residence owned by Louise Glen, wife of David Glen, managing director of ATM company Banktech. The two-storey Victorian residence, on a 765-square-metre block in Ocean Street, near the corner of Trelawney Street, was extensively renovated by architect Howard Tanner after it last traded for $4.9 million in March 2009. The property is for sale because the Glens have moved to another Woollahra house bought for $9 million in late 2011. The Edgecliff Road residence had been the home of bankrupt Keddies solicitor Scott Roulstone.

Sun sets on Sundorne

The Bellevue Hill home of the late Claire Dan, AM, OBE is set for auction on May 22 with price hopes of more than $11 million-plus through BHR Estate Agents and Sydney Sotheby’s International Realty. Named Sundorne, the Victoria Road residence was the matrimonial home of Dan and the late transport magnate Sir Peter Abeles, who bought it in 1958 from the Simpson family for about £60,000. After divorcing in the late 1960s, Dan retained a life tenancy of the

six-bedroom mansion on a 2550-square-metre block. It has a floodlit tennis court and swimming pool. A prominent arts philanthropist for four decades, Dan was founder of the Sydney International Piano Competition and managing director of Cladan Cultural Institute of Australia. She died in October 2012.


Who snapped up the Point Piper home of Barbara Moran, a daughter of the late healthcare tycoon Doug Moran and his wife, Greta, for more than $6 million during Easter? Sold through Brad Pillinger, the Wentworth Street residence (on a 601-square-metre block with north-easterly views across Rose Bay) had been renovated since the Wieder family sold it for $6 million in 2007.

 Which food industry executive’s wife has bought at Hunters Hill for $5.8 million? Sold through McGrath’s Tracey Dixon, the five-bedroom residence is on a 2676-square-metre block two minutes’ walk from Alexandra Street shops.

Around the Blok: At Drummoyne

In a prominent north-facing position on Wrights Point, the three-level residence was built after the property sold for $6 million in late 2007 to the Arnaout family.

Of palatial proportions and built with no expense spared, it has five spacious bedrooms (including a private main bedroom wing), formal and casual living and dining areas, a state-of-the-art kitchen, gymnasium, sauna, wine room, four-car garage, guest apartment, rooftop terrace and a lift.

For sale through Adrian Sereni and Warwick Williams of Warwick Williams Real Estate, the property has a swimming pool and a level lawn leading to the historic Drummoyne steps for direct harbour access.

The Arnaout family’s Iris Hotel Group bought the Hunters Hill Hotel in 1995 and then built a portfolio of pubs valued at $350 million during a 12-year period. Their hotel ventures have included the Clovelly Hotel, PJ’s Irish Pub in Parramatta and PJ Gallaghers at Drummoyne.

Healthy result

A Point Piper mansion sold for more than $7 million two weeks ago through agent Alison Coopes. The deal on the Wunulla Road residence, owned by medico Simon Wertheimer and his wife, Lorraine, was stitched up on the weekend before its scheduled auction.

The circa-1900s residence has six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, beautiful formal living rooms, a huge modern family room, a three-room attic and harbour views. Named Arn, the property last traded for $3.03 million in 2000. Two weeks before the sale of Arn, Coopes (in conjunction with Savills) notched up the highest auction price of the year when a Bellevue Hill residence sold under the hammer for $7.7 million. The Victoria Road residence had been renovated by a group of developers including Tony Petersen.

Barbosa Bonanza

Also in the eastern suburbs, the long-held Tamarama home of recruitment consultant Anne Barbosaand her husband, Luis, has sold for more than $5 million through Blacket & Glasgow agent Peter Blacket. Set high above the beach in Wolaroi Crescent, the four-bedroom house has spectacular north-easterly beach and ocean views.

The Barbosas bought the 382-square-metre property for $310,000 in 1986. Five years ago, Blacket negotiated Tamarama’s $11 million residential record price of a Thompson Street house sold to Marco Rossi, managing director of the construction company Built. And three weeks ago Blacket negotiated the sale of the Strauss family’s 1162-square-metre Bellevue Hill estate for more than $6 million. The Bulkara Road property last traded for $820,000 in 1986.

St Peters record

The inner-west suburb of St Peters has a new residential record of $2.15 million following last weekend’s sale of the home of the late artist David Boyd and his late wife Hermia. Named Claraville, the 1500-square-metre property in Silver Street is the suburb’s largest residential landholding. The six-bedroom Victorian mansion, which had been the Boyds’ home since 1988 when it traded for $250,000, sold through agent Brad Pillinger. More than 300 groups inspected the house.

Beautiful original features include stained-glass windows and timber joinery. Behind the house are stables used as an artist’s studio. A member of the Boyd artistic dynasty, David Boyd was a son of artist William Merric Boyd and grandson of Arthur Boyd. The late Hermia Boyd is best known for her work as a sculptor and potter.

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