A wild theory about a Sydney trophy home's rockpool is the chatter of prestige property circles.
Agent Michael Pallier of Sydney Sotheby's International Realty, who holds the listing for 81 Fitzwilliam Road in Vaucluse, tells Nine an urban legend is that the pool was created with an explosive device.
Pallier says residents in the area believe the shoreline indentation that is the home's glorious pool is the result of a stick of gelignite, from an unnamed person, many years ago. Gelignite is an explosive material used for rock blasting and is similar to dynamite. However, the rumour has never been confirmed.
Hitting the market on August 16 with a price guide of $32 million, the three-storey home sits above a rockpool on the peninsula of Parsley Bay and Vaucluse Bay.
Aptly called Rockpool, the four-bedroom, five-bathroom home has entertaining at the forefront with multiple terraces that offer unobstructed views of Sydney Harbour.
The lower level contains a viewing deck that leads to the rockpool. There is also a jetty that can be "mechanically adjusted" for easy access to boats, the listing explains.
Whispers around the neighbourhood have long been that a visitor in the 1950s announced they were going to create a pool at the property using a stick of gelignite, but it has never been established if it is true.
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Pallier tells Nine the home has undergone a recent renovation. Listing photos show vaulted timber ceilings, plantation shutters, timber floors and an expansive use of glass to capture the breathtaking harbour views.
Domain's Property History reveals the home last sold for $25,275,000 in December 2021. Pallier, who was also the listing agent at the time, tells Nine the property sold two years ago in just one hour after going on the market.
Vaucluse is an affluent Sydney suburb, 8km east of the CBD. Domain's House Price Report for the June 2023 quarter reveals the median house price is $8.55 million.
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