Restored Gordon estate comes to market with $14.5m price guide
One of the upper north shore’s most prized estates has come to market, and is tipped to smash both its suburb and district record.
Mandalay, as it is known, has undergone a massive, multimillion-dollar restoration and renovation since it was bought about 10 years ago by Geoff and Jane Selig.
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Mr Selig is executive chairman of marketing company, the Ive Group and also former president of the NSW Liberal Party.
The five-bedroom, Queen Anne-style masterpiece sprawls over a 3693sqm block at 32 Nelson St, Gordon.
Mr Selig told the North Shore Times the home was in desperate need of renovation when he and his wife bought it in July, 2009.
“When we bought it 10 years a go it had beautiful, beautiful bones, but it was a wreck,” he said.
“The first time we walked in our knees started to wobble at the prospect of the renovation.”
The couple have spared no expense in their determination to restore Mandalay to its turn of the century glory, and taken the property to an entirely new level of luxury, with the addition of a tennis court, fully tiled heated pool and spa, and an addition at the rear that has created a huge amount of extra space.
A new slate roof was laid across the entire double brick home, and renowned garden designer Peter Fudge was called in to create a landscape that frames the home to perfection.
“It ended up coming together, this beautiful blend of turn of the century and a renovation that is very sympathetic to the home’s heritage,” Mr Selig said.
The home officially comes to market next week and has a price guide of $14.5 million. Glenn Curran, of McGrath Upper North Shore, and Darren Curtis, of Ken Jacobs Christies International Realty are managing the sale.
Mr Selig said the renovation took about two years, and was so extensive they couldn’t even live onsite. He estimated it cost just under $6 million.
“I think I stopped the spreadsheet at $5.5 (million),” he said.
“But it has been worth it, it’s just the most beautiful property, it really is. “We are proud that we brought the house back to exactly how it looked at the front 100 years ago.”
He paid tribute to his wife, who had been actively involved in every aspect of the renovation.
“We had a good team, but Jane was across everything,” he said.
Period features have been retained throughout the home, including high ornate ceilings, kauri flooring, original fireplaces and deep verandas with classic gables.
There is an expansive formal lounge and dining, as well as a wonderful billiard room with full-size antique billiard table.
The extension adds more living and dining space, a family room, home office and marble kitchen with massive island bench.
All of the bedrooms are in the original part of the home and all have either an ensuite or a shared bathroom and custom built-in robes and cabinetry.
Other features include cellar with tasting room, six-car garage, marble flooring, sandstone features, vast storage areas, and a bathroom that is accessible from the tennis court-side covered terrace with built-in kitchen. The mid-size tennis court is positioned north-south and has an artificial grass surface.
The gated estate backs onto a green reserve, and is close to everything.
Mr Selig said the home would be perfect for a range of buyers, from families to downsizers. He said he would miss the beautiful home, but the time had come to downsize.
“It was a bit of a gamble to buy a place that needed this amount of work,” Mr Selig said.
“With the right people and a lot of money we pulled it off. It’s one of the best properties I’ve ever been in.”
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