Dan MacPherson finds new lease on Sutherland Shire life
Despite Hollywood success, Dan MacPherson retains strong links to the Sutherland Shire — after he secured tenants for his longtime Cronulla investment, a one-bedroom unit which was his first purchase in Australia.
MacPherson has owned it for 17 years, having paid $295,000 in 2002, about the time he left his Melbourne-based role as swim coach Joel Samuels in Neighbours for the UK, where he landed a role on cop drama The Bill.
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Then-Cronulla teen MacPherson, who had planned on studying commerce at university, got his first TV role when discovered by an entertainment manager while competing in a triathlon in 1998. A year later he won the Most Popular New Talent Logie.
MacPherson was seeking $500-a-week tenants for the apartment, located at the south end of the beach just 100m from the sand. In 2007 the rental was $270-a-week.
He briefly tried to sell the ground floor Gerrale St unit for $420,000 in 2007, about the time he took on a role on Seven’s City Homicide.
MacPherson was fortunate a buyer didn’t emerge after two months, as the median price for a one-bedder now sits at $575,000.
Its rental listing details suggest he’s not intending on selling anytime soon, as it was offered with a 12-month lease with the option of extending.
These days MacPherson rents at Bondi with his wife, fellow actor Zoe Ventoura.
He also owns at Queensland’s Sunshine Beach where he has a two-level timber bolthole with ocean views that cost $2.15 million in 2010.
When stateside, MacPherson and Ventoura reside at coastal Santa Monica, just west of Hollywood.
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Ventoura has owned a two-bedroom apartment in South Coogee since paying $605,000 in 2006. It is a $620-a-week rental.