It's Off The Water Front After Two Decades

Sun Herald

Sunday October 26, 2003

JONATHAN CHANCELLOR

FASHION designer Trent Nathan has listed his Palm Beach hideaway, Sandy Point Lodge. The Barrenjoey Road brick residence in subtropical gardens comes with jetty, boatshed, sandy beach and pool on its prominent Pittwater position. It's been the home of the elder statesman of Australian fashion for almost two decades. It was about four years ago that Nathan retired from the fashion label, which was recently sold to the Gazal Corporation by the remaining family interests. Sandy Point Lodge, on a 1128-square-metre waterfront block, was briefly listed in 1990 when Nathan had $2 million-plus price expectations. But this time its L. J. Hooker agent David Mackay expects around $5 million-plus for the property, which has 38 metres of waterfrontage, at its November 25 auction. Mackay describes the residence on the double block as comfortable if somewhat unconventional. ``There is oodles of charm," he said, although he agreed it may well be bulldozed given the prime holding. Nathan's isn't the only fashionable Palm Beach listing, as adman John Nankervis and his estranged wife Amanda have listed their waterfront Barrenjoey Road property, La Rosa. The 800-square-metre block with four-bedroom brick house has been listed by Sotheby's agent Colm O'Sullivan , in conjunction with Raine & Horne Whale Beach agent Kathryn Hall . It will go under the hammer on November 27 with $4 million-plus hopes, with Amanda then planning to find another abode. The couple's Astor apartment sold earlier this year, reputedly to another resident in the 1920s Macquarie Street block, with John heading off to set up his contemporary pad in the Encore, Elizabeth Bay, block.In the neighbourhood

RADIO 2GB afternoon presenter Chris Smith (pictured), who secured third spot in the latest ratings, has listed his contemporary three-level Birchgrove terrace after securing premises elsewhere on the peninsula. Just three weeks ago Smith revealed that champers in a bathtub overlooking the harbour was his dream come true, but it seems Smith, his wife Ally, a travel consultant, and their eight-month-old daughter Ashley spotted something more desirable. Smith secured the property in 1996 by going halves with builder Garry Braams, who subdivided off a portion of the Short Street block. The two-bedroom house has been listed with $1.1 million-plus expectations for its November 22 auction through McGrath agent Michael Papworth .Second time lucky

ONE-TIME Wallaby inside centre Richard Tombs (pictured) and wife Carissa , a former netballer for Australia, have bought at Collaroy. The 1950s three-bedroom house with views north along the coastline was sold shortly after auction through Belle Manly agent Steve Thomas. It had passed in at $1.55 million before being sold for a higher price.Dog has his day

BULLDOGS fullback Luke Patten has sold his Randwick investment unit for $425,000. The two-bedroom Lawrence Street unit had been listed through L. J. Hooker Randwick agent Rick Stojanovic .Rose Bay sale on course

ROSE Bay residence Lynton has been listed for October 30 auction through Richardson & Wrench Double Bay agents Michael Dunn and Sally Hampshire . The 1912 house is being sold by Lend Lease Real Estate funds manager Nick Harris and wife Isabelle. Set on 1296 square metres on Kent Road overlooking Royal Sydney Golf Course, it is best remembered as the former home of the Harvey-Sutton family, who lived there for about 80 years.Baker's Woollahra delight

GUCCI Group public relations manager Tracey Baker and International Hotel Technologies chief executive Mitch

aker have listed their Woollahra apartment through Richardson & Wrench Double Bay agent Sally Hampshire. The three-bedroom garden duplex apartment on Edgecliff Road will be auctioned on November 19.River home to break bank

NEPEAN River waterfront property Villa California has been put on the market for the first time since being built in 1956. The three-bedroom Penrith home on 1865 square metres has been listed for November 22 auction through Profile Real Estate Services agent Victoria Lincoln. The house was built for late optometrist Arthur ``Art" Kerner, a musician and founding member of St Marys Band Club. It has been listed by his widow, Wilma, who met Kerner after the American officer was posted to Penrith army base. Wilma was the daughter of Emu Plains pastoralist William McGrath . The house has high ceilings, grand sandstone-flagged entrance hall and wide windows framing views over rolling lawns to the Nepean River and Blue Mountains. More than $1 million is tipped. The tightly held Nepean Avenue, recognised as Penrith's top street, has broken the $1 million barrier three times since 1999.Live over moon

ROOFING industry operative Garry Disher and wife Judith have listed their Drummoyne residence. After overseeing extensive renovations, and then recently selling their business, the couple are off to retirement on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula. The Dishers bought the Burnell Street residence, set above the popular Half Moon Bay walk and run, about nine years ago. It now has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, triple car garage and wine cellar. With its Harbour Bridge views, Ray White Drummoyne estate agent Chris Wilkins expects the two-level house to be the most expensive home sold in Drummoyne this year when it goes to auction on November 8. Just three weeks ago there was a $2.61 million sale on the high side of Burnell Street for a house in original condition.

Terrace with fizz

FINANCIAL consultant Chris McLeod and partner Pamela Basciani , Coca-Cola customer strategy director, are selling their Paddington terrace. The three-bedroom Glenmore Road house with lock-up garage has been listed with Di Jones agents Susannah Anderson and Kim Jones, who expect more than $1.4 million at its November 12 auction.Jonathan Chancellor edits the Title Deeds column, published in The Sydney Morning Herald's weekend edition.jchancellor@mail.fairfax.com.au

From top to bottom

US-BASED Silverlining Productions film director Mike Miller doesn't intend to hang around the Top of the Town residential block in Victoria Street, Darlinghurst.

Miller, whose honours include the Sundance Film Festival award, had his 12th-floor, two-bedroom-plus-study residence up for August auction.

But the two-level, 131-square-metre apartment with security parking was withdrawn when only one of the two contract takers turned up.

Upwards of $1.35 million had been tipped through the McGrath agency, which secured a $1.26 million sale last month.

The former 101-room hotel Top of the Town was converted by developers Allen Linz , Robert Whyte and Ian Hayson .

Hope that valley farm sale will bear fruit

CALLANISH , the Kangaroo Valley district retreat of internet entrepreneur Jane McKellar and her husband, former Austar regional pay television chief executive Don Hagens , remains for sale.

The house, in Moss Vale Road, Barrengarry, was built with three wings on a 48-hectare holding in 2001, and has been listed with $4 million plus expectations.

The couple spend their time growing olives, boosted by $220,000 from the Federal Government to help establish an olive processing plant at Kangaroo Valley.

The Callanish olive processing plant was the brainchild of McKellar and agronomist Alan Jones, who were looking at ways of optimising their respective land use.

McKellar had a background in food marketing with the Unilever group. The processing plant was set to gather produce from about 25 local groves.

© 2003 Sun Herald

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