Tamarama trophy home hunters spoiled for choice
With its median house price of $3,925,000, Tamarama today — often called Glamarama — is the eastern suburbs beachside jewel.
Christies agent Peter Anderson grew up in Bondi and he remembers the tiny neighbouring suburb’s housing stock consisting mainly of modest, poorly built cottages.
Now many of those homes have been knocked down, with designer concrete seaside palaces rising in their place. And Mr Anderson is selling one of them.
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It’s the four-bedroom, three-bathroom home of Europe-bound Gina Rodgers and Surteco Australia managing director Max Betzler at 28 Wolaroi Cres.
CoreLogic records show Ms Rodgers bought the old home on the 424 sqm block for $4.4 million in 2006. She and her husband have only recently completed the eye-catching replacement.
Designed by the Paris-based Lebanese architect Yola Noujaim with park and ocean views, it’s so special that Mr Anderson thinks it may well sell for as much as $16 million.
“It’s just so high-spec …. really world class,” Mr Anderson says.
At that price, it would easily smash the current suburb record of $13 million, set when fashion identity and Ingham chicken heir Robby Ingham and his wife Sarah sold in Gaeroloch Ave two years ago.
Listed only last week, Mr Anderson says the home — which features concrete walls, custom-made steel features and a range of unique fixtures and finishes from Europe — won’t appeal to everyone.
“You either love it or hate it, but there’s one buyer in particular who is just gobsmacked by it … he says if he could build a house, this is the one he’d want,” Mr Anderson said.
But buyers starved of new opportunities have two other Tamarama trophy homes to choose from.
Hot on the heels of the Christies listing last week was a newly renovated designer home at 10 Wonderland Crescent, which has a $10 million guide through Goodyer principal Pauline Goodyer.
The five-bedroom, four-bathroom home fronts Tamarama park and has stunning views of the beach.
It’s owned by the former general manager of partnerships and alliances at IBM, Fred Balboni, and his husband Geoff Collins, a former real estate agent with Douglas Elliaman in New York who now works with Ms Goodyer.
They have recently returned to Sydney after living in New York and built a new home in the Tamarama neighbourhood to downsize to. Having renovated the Wonderland Ave home in the past year, they’re now selling it. Ms Goodyer has already had 10 private inspections. “It’s the most amazing house and position … they just don’t come up,” she says.
The other Tamarama dream home is at 13 Thompson St — that of cinematographer Peter James of Driving Miss Daisy and Paradise Road fame.
Mr James says: “The best thing is being able to walk out your door and have the choice of a swim at Tamarama or Bronte. I like to do laps of the pool at Bronte.”
The three-bedroom home — designed by Peter Stronach of Allen Jack+Cottier — has a $9 million to $9.5 million guide via Ray White Double Bay’s Thomas Popple, Ashley Bierman and Adam Reichman.