Kirsten Craze
Updated 1 Mar 2024, 2:12pm
First published 1 Mar 2024, 1:23pm
Is Elton John moving to Australia?
The VIP real estate rumour mill has been spinning on the lower north shore with talk Elton John has set his sights on Sydney in an effort to expand his enviable property portfolio.
Local reports have emerged suggesting the singing superstar’s manager has been house hunting for his famous boss in the Harbour City.
The Rocket Man’s manager was sighted at an inspection of Kurraba Residences in the exclusive harbour front peninsula of Kurraba Point.
Superstar view.
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Most of the 24 apartments have sold in the brand new $170 million luxury building, but developer Thirdi Group is yet to shift a couple of penthouses, one of which has $1.5 million worth of furniture and art thrown into the deal. The exclusive interiors in the penthouses have been curated by Christian Liagre, French designer to the stars.
Both sky high homes sit directly across the water from the Royal Botanic Gardens and have a postcard backdrop of Sydney’s most celebrated icons and the water.
When the deluxe apartments were launched in late 2023, Thirdi founder and director Luke Berry said the prestige pads would suit a fly-in fly-out homeowner.
Perfect for an international buyer.
World class sunset.
Kurraba Residences, 147 Kurraba Rd, Kurraba Point
Elton John performs his first Sydney Show at Allianz Stadium on his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour. Picture: John Appleyard
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“These are genuine turnkey products. The type of buyer who’s going to look at buying these could be a downsizer or international buyer that’s looking for a ready made home or investment,” he said.
“They really can just turn up with a bag of clothes. We’ve literally thought of everything down to the bed linen, detergent and soap – you name it.”
One of the apartments known as The Kirribilli measures 327sq m on title while The Kurraba is a vast 600sq m home with four bedrooms, four bathrooms plus a gym, steam room, wine cellar, private swimming pool and allegedly Sydney’s largest rooftop garden – all for a reported $50 million price tag. Both penthouses have direct lift access from the garage offering the likes of Mr John complete privacy.
‘Literally thought of everything.’
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Epic views from every room.
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Given that Sydney’s landmark harbour is envied around the world, it’s no surprise celebrities want a slice of the action.
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban have been collecting waterfront apartments on the lower north shore for more than a decade. The high-profile pair have half a dozen in the same building in Milsons Point totalling more than $27 million.
Russell Crowe had his Sydney bolthole at Finger Half in Woolloomooloo, David Bowie kept a Sydney pied a terre in Elizabeth Bay in the 1980s and Cate Blanchett with husband Andrew Upton owned a gothic style mansion in harbour side Hunters Hill for 12 years.
Further afield, the late George Michael fell in love with a stunning house in Palm Beach, not to mention the laundry list of Hollywood heavyweights who call Byron Bay their home away from home.
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban at their North Shore unit.
Elton John has had a lifelong love affair with Australia that goes back to 1971 when he first performed here. He even married his German bride Renate Blauel in 1984 at Sydney’s St Mark’s Anglican Church.
During his most recent Australian tour in 2020, he rented glamorous Woollahra mansion Woodlands – an eight-bedroom residence where a host of celebrities have stayed in recent years. The property recently sold for a rumoured $30 million.
Wham. George Michael (right) and Andrew Ridgley.
The Palm Beach home George Michael fell in love with.
No strangers to international real estate collecting, Elton John and his husband David Furnish have a grand maison in Nice in the south of France, a mansion down the road from Windsor Castle in the UK, a lavish London house in highbrow Holland Park, two palatial homes in Los Angeles, an apartment in Atlanta, Georgia as well as an island home on Giudecca near Venice, Italy.
According to PropTrack, Kurraba Point is a very sought after address. Unit values have skyrocketed 33 per cent in the suburb over the past 12 months.
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