The buyers of gallerist Dr Gene Sherman’s Centennial Park estate, Braelin, have emerged as a Point Piper couple – software developer Jonathan Skinner and his wife Rebecca Hung, according to local real estate sources.
Last week, the couple paid a suburb record of $26.5 million for the five-bedroom 1918-built Federation mansion on coveted Lang Road. The property was formerly owned by Atlassian’s Mike Cannon-Brookes, who paid $12 million in 2015 and later sold it for $16.5 million to Dr Sherman in 2018.
Braelin was built in 1918 for lord mayor Sir Allen Taylor to a design by Donald Esplin.  Domain
The grand residence – which sits on a sprawling block of about 2200 square metres – was sold by The Agency’s Ben Collier; Mr Skinner and Ms Hung were represented by buyer’s agent Simon Cohen of Cohen Handler.
Mr Handler declined to comment on the buyers but said Braelin was a very rare offering, describing it as “the quintessential family home”.
He said: “2200 square metres of land in the eastern suburbs of Sydney is incredibly rare. It was a very sought after property and securing it was a highly competitive process.”
With that process complete, attention has turned to Mr Skinner and Ms Hung’s Point Piper property. Now, the couple’s architect-designed home – known as Sandcastle – on the coveted Wunulla Road is set to join the prestige market.
Ray White Double Bay director Ashley Bierman – who will be handling the listing alongside colleague Elliott Placks – confirmed the coming offering, but declined to comment on the vendors or offer a definitive guide until the property officially launched in the “near future”.
Point Piper’s Raffaello and Luigi Rosselli-designed “Sandscastle” is soon to join Sydney’s prestige market.  
According to data house CoreLogic, the couple paid $4.64 million for the original-condition 1960s home in 2014, purchasing it from the former owner, late delicatessen Cyril Vincenc.
The pair then redeveloped the steep block overlooking Rose Bay, replacing Vincenc’s home with a contemporary abode designed by architect Raffaello Rosselli alongside his father, esteemed architect Luigi Rosselli.
The new house features a roll-call of Sydney design heavyweights including interiors by Romaine Alwill, director of Alwill interiors, and native gardens by Will Dangar, of Dangar Barin Smith landscape design.
The three-storey property is accessed by stairs or via a secret tunnel – lit up in Yves Klein blue – which connects to an internal lift. The interiors feature honeyed oak flooring and joinery designed around a central courtyard, complete with a mosaic-tiled pool with views over Rose Bay Marina.
It is understood the couple, who have young children, were seeking a bigger backyard with more space to play – a box easily ticked in their new home, which sits on over half an acre across the road from the 189-hectare Centennial Park.
The Wunulla Road property features interiors by Romaine Alwill of Alwill Interiors. 
Formerly a software engineer at Google, Mr Skinner, 45, later founded Sublime Text editing and coding software, which released its first version for Windows in 2008 and later expanded to Mac and Linux operating systems. Ms Hung, 41, is also a director at Sublime, according to company records.
The couple’s Point Piper home is slated for sale via expressions of interest.
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