Buyers hovering: Sibella Court may sell prior in Bellevue Hill

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Sibella Court and her partner Ben Harper at the Great Dane Showroom Launch Party in Paddington last October. Picture: Christian Gilles

Professional couples and downsizers are hovering around the Bellevue Hill apartment of the famous designer, author and TV presenter Sibella Court, suggesting it may sell ahead of its scheduled March 30 auction.

And Insider can reveal exclusively the Bundeena retreat that has won Ms Court’s heart — a four-bedroom, two-bathroom home with ocean views that sources say she’s bought for just over $2m.

The Bellevue Hill apartment at 4/22-24 Blaxland Rd has only two bedrooms but with 168 sqm of internal space it’s the size of a house so no wonder there’s so much interest.

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The new kitchen in Sibella Court’s Bellevue Hill apartment (above) and the new kitchen and dining space in the Bundeena home she’s understood to have bought for just over $2m

Phillips Pantzer Donnelley’s Anthony Puntigam had been quoting a $1.7m price guide.

Ms Court bought the apartment, which is one of two on the top level of the two-level block that consists of five apartments, for $1.65m in 2016.

Just as Ms Court did with her former home — a Victorian-era shopfront in Alexander St, Paddington, that sold for $1.34m in 2015 — she renovated the Art Deco apartment.

She stripped the space back to the bare bones, removing the in-built storage that had been added by the previous owners and also opening it up by removing a wall that divided the living area and the tiny kitchen.

The Bellevue Hill apartment is the size of a house and opens to a huge terrace with a built-in barbecue

The gorgeous apartment of the host of Restoration Australia is now packed full of the unique treasures that can be found on her retail site The Society Inc.

Although there are harbour glimpses, the main appeal is the scale of the rooms and the open plan living dining area.

It also has a large entertainment terrace which is a decent size at 48 sqm. There’s an outdoor kitchen and an in-built barbecue.

Ms Court also spends a lot of time in Byron Bay, where partner Ben Harper is a director of McTavish Surfboards.

What a view: and you may get it for a bargain price

The view (above) from the combined apartment (below) at Thornton St, Darling Point

There are breathtaking views of the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and city skyline from this three-bedroom, two-bathroom Darling Point apartment.

The owner, the chief executive officer of SGI Architectural, Stephen Geddes, bought the 144 sqm unit at 7B & C/23 Thornton Street for $4.85m in October 2017.

Its previous owner had combined two apartments and done a high-spec reno.

With Mr Geddes and his partner now needing something bigger, the new owner may be able to pick it up for less than what he paid.

Ray White Double Bay’s Elliott Placks and Richard Faludi have a $4.5m guide for the March 28 auction.

The apartment comes with double parking and three storage cages.

Bring your Great Dane

Big dogs are welcome at The Benson (below) in Rose Bay

Overheard at a meet and greet for buyers interested in Rose Bay‘s ‘The Benson’:

Wife: “We should buy two of these and create one big apartment.”

Husband: “Aren’t we supposed to be downsizing?”

There’s a great deal of interest in Fortis Property Group’s nine large three-bed, two-bathroom apartments with double parking, with architects MHNDUnion, at 33 Newcastle St.

Apart from the quality, part of the reason is the pooch-friendly policy: Owners can bring dogs as big as a Great Dane — there’s no weight limit.

The developers recognise that big dogs actually require less room and activity than smaller dogs — a Great Dane just lounges around.

Building starts soon and will be complete by early 2020. Contact Ray White Double Bay.

Buy this famous landmark

The Crave Cafe building (above and below) is at 98B Bellevue Rd, Bellevue Hill

The famous Crave Cafe building on Bellevue Rd, Bellevue Hill, is being offered for the first time since 1963.

First City’s Julian Hasemer and Brad Caldwell-Eyles have an expressions of interest campaign closing April 4, but aren’t offering a price guide.

The strip consists of seven shops, including the cafe, beauty salon, homewares shop, and a florist.

With the 12 apartments above, the site attracts annual gross income of $630,000.

The pair say it’s attracting a lot of inquiry from investors locally and offshore.

Developers, too, are showing interest.

“Some are looking to put in apartments for the elderly, because of the access to shops downstairs,” Mr Hasemer said.

One day some of these shops could be occupied by doctors or dentists.

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