Inside radio star Michael ‘Wippa’ Wipfli’s new Rose Bay mansion
Nova’s Michael ‘Wippa’ Wipfli has bought a six-bedroom palatial mansion with swimming pool in Sydney’s exclusive east for his young family for about $6.5 million.
The mega property is a substantial upgrade for the radio star, who joins Ryan ‘Fitzy’ Fitzgerald in their ‘Fitzy & Wippa’ breakfast and drive program, from the Queens Park semi that sold on June 17 for $2.4 million.
Wippa and his wife, Lisa, had been looking for many months for a substantial home in the eastern suburbs, and actually bought their grand new home on a 700 sqm block some months ago through Ray White Double Bay’s Kate Zuppicich.
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No wonder the couple were keen to move on from their former home, on just 159 sqm, which finally sold to restaurateur Nigel Ward through Phillip Pantzer Donnelley’s Nick Quilkey and Debbie Donnelley after a price revision.
The property that they’re moving to has been in the family of the recruitment firm Heidrick & Struggles Regional Managing Partner, Asia Pacific, Gerry Davis, and his wife, Virginia, for more than 70 years.
Its realestate.com.au listing describes the “timeless residence” as having an “understated elegance” — but the grand arches and Roman columns of the three-level home make quite a statement in the top eastern suburbs address close by the harbour’s edge.
From the air, the property looks to be one of the biggest in the street — but at least it’s eco-friendly with its roof lined with solar panels.
The home is even more impressive inside, where a circular staircase creates a grand centrepiece and parquetry floors line the living zones.
Glass doors lead to verandas on each level and the highly desirable level lawn — perfect for young families — leads to the glass-fenced swimming pool and spa.
There are four stylish bathrooms and the massive kitchen has a gas stove and butlers’ pantry.
A long driveway along the side of the house leads to the double garage, but there’s off-street parking for two more cars.
And there’s also ample room for guests, with the property coming with a self-contained retreat.
It’s an easy walk to the ferry wharf and city buses.