Sophie Delezio’s Balgowlah Heights family home sells in 20 days
The magnificent Sydney estate built with young burns victim Sophie Delezio in mind has sold for more than $8 million to buyers from China who flew into Australia just to inspect the property.
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Vendor Ron Delezio said the Balgowlah Heights home was designed after a tragedy and built with love. It sold on Monday.
“I hope that they also feel the love which the house was built on,” he said.
The tri-level home with nursing accommodation, a heated swimming pool and oversized halls and rooms to accommodate Sophie’s wheelchair had a price guide of $8 million to $8.8 million. It sold within that guide in just 20 days.
Kingsley Looker, of Clarke & Humel, said a friend of a friend saw the resort-like residence in the Manly Daily and passed over the details to prospective buyers in China.
“They flew over from China just to view the Beatrice St house, although they did view two other properties once they arrived,” Mr Looker said.
The sheer size, quality and security of the full-brick and concrete house on a 1968sqm block with views over Middle Harbour won over the buyers who have family in Chatswood.
“They are going to live in the house and have family in Sydney who have lived here for 50 years,” Mr Looker said.
Another dozen qualified buyers, mostly from the northern beaches and north shore, inspected the seven-bedroom house with its tennis court and large entertaining areas.
The home came to market in mid-August and its expressions of interest campaign was due to close on Friday September 6.
Sophie Delezio survived two traumatic accidents as a young girl, including being trapped at her childcare centre while only two years old and suffering such severe burns that she lost her feet, one hand and one ear.
Her father Ron said twice doctors suggested turning off her life support in hospital.
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Now 18, Sophie is independent and about to begin university in London with her prosthetic legs and supercharged wheelchair.
“It is always hard saying goodbye to a home,” said Sophie.
“But I am ready for a new chapter; it’s time,” she said.
The house that was built around her and to aid her long recovery is now too big for the family which consists of Ron, mother Carolyn Martin and Sophie’s older brother Mitchell.
The couple are planning to stay in the area and have their eye on nearby Manly.
They also set up a foundation, called Day of Difference Foundation, to help others like Sophie and have raised $14 million towards operating theatre equipment, skin cell technology and training doctors how to better work with families facing severe trauma.