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A large Darling Point apartment with harbour views has sold for $3.36 million to a Canberra family relocating from the ACT.
The well-kept and spacious three-bedroom home at 6/54B Darling Point Road drew four registered bidders when it went to auction on Saturday with a price guide of $2.8 million. Two parties were local upsizers, while the others were relocating to NSW.

It was a rare offering, not only because of its house-like proportions, but also because of its top floor position, north-facing aspect and garage – one of only two in the boutique block of six.
Bidding on the 143-square-metre apartment started bang-on the guide and rose swiftly in mostly $50,000 increments as three buyers participated in the auction that was done and dusted within minutes.
A Canberra family made the winning bid, which topped the $2.9 million reserve by $460,000.
Four buyers registered to bid on 6/54B Darling Point Road, Darling Point. Credit: Rhett Wyman
McGrath Paddington’s Georgia Cleary said buyers were drawn to the property’s unique features.
“When you get arguably the best in the building, the north corner, on the top floor with the garage … then it’s good property,” Cleary said. “There was an apartment sold in the building next door two weeks ago, similar size but without the garage, that sold for $2.31 million pre auction.”
Despite the strong result, Cleary said units offered better value for money in inner-city suburbs like Darling Point.
“To buy a terrace in the same location with the same benefits, you’re getting the pokiest of houses. There are definitely areas where apartments are better value.”
The living room of 6/54B Darling Point, which extended to a sun room that had been converted into a dining room with views of the harbour. Credit: Rhett Wyman
The home last sold for $1.1 million in May 2004, records show, tripling in price in just under two decades.
Darling Point’s median apartment price rose 16.1 per cent to about $2.9 million last year, on Domain data.
The unit was one of 851 Sydney homes scheduled to go under the hammer on Saturday. By evening, Domain Group recorded a preliminary auction clearance rate of 72 per cent from 568 reported results, while 105 auctions were withdrawn. Withdrawn auctions are counted as unsold properties when calculating the clearance rate.
A two-bedroom ground floor apartment in Neutral Bay is still on the market for $1.75 million after it passed in at auction.
The courtyard unit at 22/4-14 Watson Street had a guide of $1.5 million to $1.6 million and drew two registered bidders, but neither made an offer at auction.
The Agency North’s Jon Snead said buyers were hesitant to make the first move and needed to see others show interest before they made a bid.
It last sold for $1,655,000 in 2022, records show.
Neutral Bay’s median apartment price fell 3 per cent to $1,115,000 last year.
In Strathfield, a five-bedroom house with a tennis court sold for $5.65 million, to a local family looking to build their dream family home.
The home at 60 Barker Road was set on 1416 square metres and had a price guide of $5.5 million.
Four buyers, all families looking to upgrade, registered to bid at the auction which opened with an offer at the $5.4 million reserve price.
Two of the buyers competed, pushing the price up to $5.65 million in four bids, and the home sold to a Strathfield family who has yet to decide if they will rebuild on the block, or renovate the existing home.
McGrath Strathfield’s Tarun Sethi said despite “a fair few options” in the suburb, the home sold well.
“It was above the vendor’s expectation, they were selling to downsize. It went really well. We were happy with the outcome, I don’t think interest rates affect buyers at this level too much,” Sethi said.
The result was well above Strathfield’s median house price of $3.59 million, which increased 4.7 per cent last year, and more than 18 times the $312,500 that records show the property last traded for in 1987.
In The Ponds, another family upgrading in their existing suburb, outlasted 11 other registered bidders to nab 87 Waterfall Boulevard, which had no advertised price guide.
A buyer’s agent opened the auction with a cheeky $1.3 million offer and the bidding then went up in $100,000 increments as half a dozen buyers participated.
The five-bedroom house sold for $2.3 million, some $100,000 above the reserve, after 10 bids.
Cooleys auctioneer Michael Garofolo said there was no hesitation from interested buyers.
“It was a great result and there was really strong bidding. I expected it to crack $2 million but to be almost $400,000 more than [the house] next door, which is on a similar block and sold for $1.93 million, that’s surprising.”
He said the home, on about 547 square metres, ticked all the boxes as it was a big house with a big backyard, which is rare in The Ponds.
The home sold through Eddie Quispe of First National Hills Direct. Records show it last traded for $365,000 in 2011.
The suburb’s median house price held steady last year, lifting 1 per cent to $1,485,000.
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