’Surreal’: Bellevue Hill mansion of former PM Sir William McMahon has $17.5m guide
The Wimbledon-style grass tennis court wasn’t here when this was the home of Sir William McMahon, who served as Prime Minister between 1971 and 1972.
It was the size of the sprawling five-bedroom, four-bathroom mansion on a 1758 sqm block at No. 18 Drumalbyn Rd, Bellevue Hill and the delightful northerly harbour views that won over his wife, Lady Sonia McMahon, who bought it for the grand sum of $123,000 in 1968 — the year their son, Julian, was born.
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Michael Pallier, principal of Sydney Sotheby’s International Realty, can understand why she was so impressed by the property — even without the tennis court.
“It’s the most beautiful location — looking at the garden and the harbour view — it’s an almost surreal experience,” he said.
The Wentworth Courier, who was given an exclusive tour of the property, tends to agree.
The property was bought in Lady Sonia’s name and the family, including Julian and daughters Melinda and Deborah, lived there.
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Sir William often worked from there in the upstairs office.
Yellow Brick Road executive Jamie Schwarz and his wife, Amber, of the RPM electrical family, bought the home in 2011 from the estate of Lady Sonia for $9 million.
The property had been untouched for decades, but the Schwarzes — who bought a Mediterranean-inspired five-bedroom home with pool and “wellness centre” at 10 The Crescent, Vaucluse, for $15.1 million last month — have given the Bellevue Hill home a stylish makeover.
They commissioned the renowned landscape architect, Myles Baldwin, to create the grass tennis court and the beautiful manicured grounds.
There are multiple formal and informal living and dining rooms of grand proportions with impressive crystal chandeliers — certainly worthy of the home of a prime minister.
These flow to the sunny north-facing veranda and full size floodlit lawn tennis court with the spectacular Sydney Harbour backdrop.
The home was originally built in about 1920 and some period features remain, including the decorative high ceilings, parquetry floors, arched doorways and a marble fireplace.
There’s a large gourmet kitchen, which is well-appointed with a Carrara marble island, European appliances and extensive cupboards.
The master suite has views across the harbour.
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The property in a blue-ribbon spot has been valued at $17.5 million by independent valuers Pontons.
It’s for sale in an expressions of interest campaign.
Inspect it from 12.15pm-1pm on Saturday and Tuesday. The price guide is $17.5 million.
For more information contact Mr Pallier on 0417 371 522.