Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke and wife Blanche d’Alpuget settle on luxury Sydney apartment
The new high-rise home of former Prime Minister Bob Hawke and his wife, author Blanche d’Alpuget in Sydney’s latest luxury apartment complex, One30 Hyde Park has been settled with the price emerging as $3.63 million.
The 130sqm corner apartment, midway up the 38-storey Liverpool St complex, was purchased off the plan in 2015 in d’Alpuget’s name. It had a scheduled 2017 completion.
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The delayed residential tower has been developed by Hong Kong-listed developer Aoyuan Property Group in a joint venture with Ecove, the developer behind the controversial Opal Tower building at Olympic Park.
The most expensive penthouse sold off-the-plan for $9.72 million to the Rydge family.
As part of the development, Aoyuan and Ecove are creating an entry to Museum Station which is on their site.
The couple borrowed $4.25 million using their Northbridge home as collateral for financing the downsizing switch.
They have since secured a $14 million plus sale to home builder Peter Rawson. Hawke, who turned 89 last December, has not been in best health and did not attend the Brisbane launch of the ALP election campaign last weekend.
Hawke and his then wife Hazel had paid $1.23 million for the knockdown house overlooking Sugarloaf Bay in 1991, just seven months before he lost the prime ministership to Paul Keating who suggested at the time it signalled Hawke was preparing to move on from the top job.
During construction, the Hawkes stayed at Birchgrove in the townhouse of adman John Singleton and then lived at the then Ritz Carlton Hotel in Double Bay.
After their marriage ended, the property was kept by Bob Hawke and Blanche’s name was added in 1999.
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The Hawkes had sold their 1940s Melbourne home in Sandringham in 1986 for $430,000, three years after the family moved to The Lodge in 1983.
d’Alpuget’s latest book, The Lions’ Torment has been described as “Game of Thrones meets Hilary Mantel”.