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When retired surgeon and former rugby league player Bill Roney and his wife Sara purchased their beachfront home in Point Piper in 2011 it was in the midst of the last significant downturn in Sydney’s trophy home market following the global financial crisis.
They made good of it by buying a house on prized Seven Shillings Beach for $10.15 million, just a year after Caledonia Investment’s executive chairman Mark Nelson set a then auction sale high of $17.3 million buying the house next door. And joining the Roneys on the same stretch of sand are billionaires Will Vicars and tech bros Scott Farquhar and Mike Cannon-Brookes.
The Point Piper beachfront has seen some of the most significant price jumps since 2011.
A rebuild of the Buckhurst Avenue house followed in 2012 to a design by Jamie Grounds, of Jamisa Architects, to create what is now an ultra-contemporary, two-storey house.
A sales campaign for the Roneys’ home is set to kick off in the coming week, but just how much they’ll fetch for it remains unknown given no price guide by Highland Property Double Bay’s veteran Bill Malouf and Pillinger’s Brad Pillinger.
The Seven Shillings Beach home of Sara and Bill Roney was designed by Jamie Grounds of Jamisa Architects.
But there are plenty of comparables locally with which buyers can measure its worth by today’s heady heights, of which the most obvious is the unrenovated house a few doors away known as Akuna that sold earlier this year for $60 million by Sydney FC owner Scott Barlow and his socialite wife Alina.
Across town in Hunters Hill, Maile Carnegie, the former Google Australia boss and now ANZ senior executive, and her corporate advisor husband Charles Carnegie have listed their state heritage-listed mansion Carleith.
Carleith is an 1896-built residence on 1113 square metres set on one of the highest points of Hunters Hill.
This is the 1896-built residence best known to locals for its cow sculpture out the front that the Carnegies have owned for a quarter of a century, having paid $1.65 million in 1998.
Maile Carnegie runs ANZ Bank’s retail banking division.Credit: Louie Douvis
The listing comes as Maile and Charles Carnegie, brother of investment banker Mark Carnegie and private equity player James Carnegie, have completed a redesign of their Whale Beach weekender, purchased in 2015 for $3.52 million.
Padding out the Carnegies’ housing options is a Victorian terrace in Potts Point, called Carrara, they bought earlier this year for $6 million with son Nicholas.
Given plans to spend more time at Whale Beach, Carleith is listed with McGrath’s Tracey Dixon with a guide of about $10 million ahead of a November 4 auction.
Fashion designer Heidi Middleton has also joined the market, listing her Palm Beach getaway with a $9.9 million guide.
Fashion designer Heidi Middleton has relisted her Palm Beach house after it failed to sell in 2020.Credit: Domain
Porta Rossa is the rustic Mediterranean-style house that was built in the 1940s and for decades was owned by the late collector and confessed Italophile Brian Hawes, and purchased by Middleton in 2005 for $3.6 million.
Heidi Middleton at her Palm Beach house Porta Rossa she bought in 2005.
After Middleton moved to Noosa with now husband, developer Michael Malouf in 2020, she listed it with an $11 million to $12 million guide. It returns to the market with LJ Hooker’s BJ Edwards.
And finally, it wouldn’t be spring if Mosman’s historic Kirkoswald House didn’t come to market, this time with a $19 million guide by Atlas’s Michael Coombs.
The 1873-built residence has been owned by environmentalist and businessman Rob Purves since the early 1990s when sold by receivers for $1.855 million, and was previously listed in 2016, 2018 and most recently last year.
The Georgian colonial-style Kirkoswald House returns to the market with a $19 million guide.Credit: Domain
Also coming up for sale is the clifftop home in South Coogee of the late rugby player Alan Cardy, a former top golfer and Wallaby of the 1960s.
Records show Cardy owned the double parcel since the 1980s, buying the main residence in 1981 for $320,000 and its neighbouring house in 1985 for $230,000 when sold by former Vice-Chancellor of Macquarie University Di Yerbury.
Cardy died in late 2021, aged 76. A guide of $25 million is hoped to top the suburb’s $16.85 million record set by Finder’s Fred Schebesta in 2021 when he bought the local landmark house known as Coogee Castle.
Alan Cardy was a top golfer and rugby union player who played in nine tests for Australia in the 1960s.Credit: Fairfax Media
The drum is also beating on the Bronte home of Podcorp commercial developer boss Andrew Podgornik and wife Chloe Podgornik amid expectations well into the $30 million range.
Andrew, the son of the late Melbourne building magnate Floyd Podgornik, and Chloe, daughter of former Just Jeans boss Craig Kimberley, purchased it in 2008 for $7.55 million and commissioned a rebuild by Neeson Murcutt Architects that won a NSW new house award in 2018 from the Australian Institute of Architects.
On the Mid-North Coast, there was talk among holiday goers of a Boomerang Beach house price record, details of which were fleshed out by settlement records revealing the $5.575 million buyer was none other than Kate and Sam White, of the real estate family.
The sale by Christie’s Darren Curtis and local agent Mark Lawson comes as TV and film producer Mike Cordell and partner Jennifer McAsey buy at nearby Seal Rocks for $3.48 million.
The Horderns Beach house has reset Bundeena’s records selling for $8.2 million.Credit: Domain
Still with the record holiday sales, south of Sydney a house at Bundeena sold for $8.2 million to property investors Dion Morrison and Charlotte Breen, the granddaughter of the late industrialist Tom Breen.
The Horderns Beach house was sold by PPD’s Debbie Donnelley, who set the previous high selling the same house in 2021 for $7.65 million for lawyer Greg Walsh.
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