Dee Why penthouse once owned by rugby league legend Paul Vautin up for sale
A luxury penthouse with views of the water that once belonged to rugby league legend Paul ‘Fatty’ Vautin has hit the market.
The former Sea Eagles captain, coach and commentator had a grandstand view of the ocean and the beach at Dee Why in one of the most exclusive unit blocks in the suburb, owning it between 2001 and 2005.
Vautin played for the Sea Eagles until 1989 and captained the team to a premiership in 1987. He also played State of Origin for the Maroons and for Australia in the early 1980s.
He later became the host of The Footy Show from its beginning in 1994 until 2017.
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The apartment he called home in those early commentator days is one of only two at the top of the Oceania building on The Strand.
Number 7/4 The Strand in Dee Why goes to auction next Saturday, October 5 and has a guide of $2.7 million.
Jake Rowe, of Rowe Partners, said the Dee Why unit market was really a series of markets with different buyers interested in the top end properties north of $2 million.
There are a couple of large penthouses in Dee Why on the market at present but this one has a lift, north-facing terraces and lots of natural light.
“And with the windows shut it is remarkably quiet,” he said.
The secure apartment has two bathrooms and double garage and both the living and dining spaces open to a seaside terrace.
The kitchen is all white with Caesarstone benchtops, the main bedroom also faces due north and has a spa ensuite and walk-in wardrobe.
The two additional bedrooms each have built-ins and share a full bathroom. There is lots of storage in the apartment, which encompasses 198sqm, including a linen cupboard, large pantry, study nook and separate laundry.
There is also a powder room with third toilet.
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Buyers are primarily mature couples downsizing from large family homes on the beaches and from Chatswood, Roseville and Mosman.
“It shares the floor with only one other apartment and is really one of the picks of Dee Why,” Mr Rowe said.
Dee Why has more units than any other suburb on the northern beaches with more than 9000 listed as built by CoreLogic. Last week it was revealed that the number of units for sale has halved in a year from 116 in September last year to just 49 this month. The record for a Dee Why unit is $2.975 million in the Lighthouse development.