As if the property market isn’t competitive enough, these homes have been put on the market by their well-known and successful owners, one of whom is renowned for her fierce competitive instincts.
In Brisbane, Olympic gold medal swimmer Susie O’Neill and her husband sold their riverfront South Yeronga home for $3 million on May 30.
The former swim star, affectionately known as Madame Butterfly, had planned to build her dream home on the land, which boasts incredible views of the Brisbane River. Her family has never lived there, but their main residence is down the road.
“They were quite torn about selling it because they wanted to develop it but time just got away from them,” said agent Christine Rudolph, of Ray White New Farm. She said the buyers couldn’t be identified, but in a nice twist, were friends of Susie and her husband Cliff.
Iconic Australian fashion designer Alannah Hill may no longer be associated with the fashion label that made her a household name, but her signature style is again drawing in excited buyers.
Her 1880s Melbourne property at 16 Mary Street, St Kilda West, has been extensively renovated and styled by the Australian icon, with chandeliers, sumptuous bathrooms and eye-catching furnishings throughout. (See more pics here.)
Agent Adrian Wood, of Marshall White Port Phillip, said Hill planned to downsize, and there was no doubt her home would be snapped up on auction day.
“It’s a very stylishly renovated Victorian in a quintessential St Kilda West location.”
The flamboyant designer’s three-bedroom will go under the hammer on June 17 and is expected to fetch between $2.3 and $2.53 million.
Also in Queensland, former Brisbane Lions star Daniel Merrett and his family have listed their modern home in Hawthorne. Merrett, who played 14 seasons and 200 games with the Lions, is keen to live closer to friends in the city’s west.
Agent Paul Shelton, of McGrath Bulimba, couldn’t reveal the asking price, but the most recent Real Estate Institute of Queensland figures put Hawthorne’s annual median price at $1.18 million.
Bruce Woodley, the singer-songwriter who was a founding member of The Seekers, and his son Dan are auctioning off their piece of holiday paradise at 82 Upper Rambert Road, Eudlo, in south east Queensland.
The property features four individual bungalows, connected by walkways.
“It’s situated in the Sunshine Coast hinterland so you’ve got some pretty stunning views of the coast,” said agent Justin Boyanton, of Harcourts Buderim.
“Bruce has spent countless hours there. He’s written music up there and spent heaps of time up there.”
In one of Sydney’s most exclusive pockets, Wolseley Road in Point Piper, waterfront mansion ‘Akuna’ is on the market for the first time in two decades.
Celebrated musician Warren Daly, who found fame internationally in bands such as the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and author wife Karen are selling the property.
Retail billionaire Brett Blundy, who turned a single music store into the Sanity chain of stores, and now runs private investment company BBRC, is selling his harbourside property at 19 Bayview Hill Road for $45 million.
On Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, former Victorian Liberal Party treasurer Andrew Abercrombie and his wife Shadda were asking $5 million for their seven-bedroom, five-bathroom Portsea holiday home, which reportedly sold this week.
Abercrombrie is now a hugely successful businessman, and was ranked 122nd on this year’s Financial Review Rich List with reported wealth of $574 million.
His fashion model son, James, was also in the news this week after being romantically linked with US actress Mischa Barton, famous for her role on US TV series The O.C.
In Melbourne’s Southbank, former salary packaging giant Anthony Podesta is selling his lavish penthouse apartment at Riverside Quay in Southbank. The price tag is a cool $18 million.