Waterfront Hunters HIll mansion owned by ‘Chinese Gatsby’ relisted
A palatial party pad owned by great entertainer Kui Zhang “Sam” Guo, aka the “Chinese Gatsby” has just resurfaced this week with a new agent after failing to sell late last year.
Monika Tu of Black Diamondz has helped some of Sydney’s wealthiest homeowners offload their mansions for millions and now she is marketing Windermere, the grand waterfront home where she herself has attended Guo’s elaborate soirees.
“It is an absolutely gorgeous home, perfect for families and it is really famous for parties. The events there were amazing with so many people and there is so much space,” she said.
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Ms Tu said even though the infamous parties were attended by celebrities and VIPs, people were always impressed by the size and calibre of the home.
Although the former listing agent did not reveal a price guide, Ms Tu said this time they are asking “about $15 million”.
“Even though it is a lovely presented heritage home, it will probably require that the buyer does some work to it to bring it back to its former glory. The house has been vacant for over a year,” she said.
The nearby home once owned by Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton, which was built around the same time and had also undergone extensive designer renovations, sold in 2017 for $18 million.
Mr Guo, often described as a “mysterious tycoon”, reportedly made his fortune turning underground military bunkers into shopping malls in his native China. He bought the Ernest St home five years ago for $11.45 million.
In recent years the multi-millionaire who also dabbles in residential real estate has made a name for himself in local media after spending plenty of downtime Down Under, often partying with a posse of Chinese megastars, thus earning him the Gatsby moniker.
Comedy actor Zheng Zu, socialite Crystal Lynn and popstar Zhao “Vicki” Wei have all been snapped sipping Champagne at Windermere.
The renovated historic sandstone mansion on a sprawling 3569sq m waterfront block has five bedrooms, five bathrooms and space for up to 10 cars. There is also a library, music room, caretaker’s bungalow, gym, pool and a private “sea bath”. It also comes with DA approved plans to build a new guest residence on the spacious site.
In 2015 Gou made headlines when he attempted to win over neighbours in the exclusive enclave by reportedly inviting them to private parties, despite having never met most of them.
One no-show (despite receiving an open invitation via the media from Guo) was former Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey.
At the time the then treasurer singled out Guo on talkback radio when discussing his much-publicised crackdown on foreign investors buying local real estate.
Windermere has had other high-profile owners during its long 150-year plus history. Built in the late 1850s, the grand old Dame was originally home to French wine merchant, adventurer and entrepreneur, Jules Joubert.
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Monsieur Joubert was one of the first Europeans to set up home along the Lane Cove River and was the first chairman of the local council in 1861 to 1862. Winderemere was then passed on to Irish fine furniture maker Andrew Lenehan, who bought purchased it for 900 pounds.
Other owners have included renowned architect Donald Crone (the mastermind behind the David Jones renovations in Elizabeth St) then Warren and Catherine Fraser of Fraser’s Motorcycles fame.
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