Harriet Wran, daughter of former NSW premier Neville Wran, buys Newtown cottage at auction
Harriet Wran, the daughter of former NSW premier Neville Wran, is believed to be the new owner of a Newtown cottage.
Ms Wran paid $1.605 million for the three-bedroom property on Saturday, just months after facing court for drug possession and failing to display P-plates.
The Australian reports that Ms Wran, who also served a two-year prison sentence for her role in the murder of a drug dealer in Redfern, did not attend the auction, but instead enlisted McGrath Edgecliff agent William Manning to bid on her behalf.
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Sitting on 259sqm, the property was purchased through Urbane Property agents Charles Bailey and Prue Holcombe.
The freestanding cottage is double fronted and retains many character features including timber lined walls and a fireplace.
While it is not known whether Ms Wran will live at the property or rent it out, the fact the listing ad describes it as “a bit of country in the heart of the city” might have been the selling point given she has lived at the 6.8ha Wran family estate in Ravensdale on the Central Coast.
The cottage also features a large outdoor entertainment area with level backyard, media room, internal laundry and a storage room. It is also within reach of Newtown’s King St, Sydney Park and Marrickville Metro.
The $1.605 million sale price is $305,000 higher than the median sale price for a freestanding house in Newtown, according to CoreLogic data.
Her father was the NSW premier between 1976 and 1986, and was also a Labor MP for the former electoral district of Bass Hill in Sydney’s southwest. Mr Wran died in 2014 at the age of 87 after a battle with dementia.
Ms Wran was addicted to ice at the time of her involvement in the death of Sydney drug dealer Daniel McNulty in 2014. She was charged with murder but that was dropped when she later pleaded guilty to the lesser offence of being an accessory after the fact.
Earlier this year, Ms Wran pleaded guilty to possessing 0.96 grams of crystal methamphetamine, suspected stolen goods and not displaying P-plates in April.
She was sentenced to a 12-month community corrections order and handed a $550 fine.
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