SYDNEY’S lower north shore house record looks set to be smashed again with former Woolworths executive Bill Wavish and his wife Vonnie listing their Neutral Bay property for a massive $35 million.
The listing comes off the back of a cracking year for the lower north shore’s prestige market, which has already seen three area records in 2018.
The most recent was the $25 million sale of a Mosman home to Sydney Swans chairman Andrew Pridham.
The Baden Rd home, sits on the edge of Sydney Harbour and has picture postcard views of the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge — making it an ideal spot to ring in the New Year.
The four-level, five-bedroom, 878 sqm waterfront residence has been listed with Ray White Lower North Shore principals Geoff Smith and Richard Harding through an expressions of interest campaign.
In the recent few years, the Wavish family has completely revamped the entire property through a major renovation.
Mrs Wavish said her goal was to create a large Californian style home, with interiors assisted by Greg Natale, with construction by Coddington.
“I sourced the furnishings mainly from California which is relaxed yet confident and classic. This is a home that is made for parties and entertaining and we have had some fantastic celebrations,” she said.
Some of these celebrations have been for up to 200 guests, with a number of international musicians such as Havana Brown, Bjorn Again and Elton Jack all performing at the property.
Mr Smith said the property was simply incredible.
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“The property is probably the best home to come on the market this year. The thing about this house is, it feels like you’re on the harbour. While there are a lot waterfront homes in Sydney — none feel like you’re sitting right on the water,” he said.
“Besides Kirribilli, this is the closest residential house to the Harbour Bridge and Opera House with views like this.”
Mr Smith said you would be hard pressed to find better views in a Sydney Harbour property than at this address.
“People who know Sydney, know that Neutral Bay or Kurraba Point offers the best vantage point to see the whole harbour in all its glory,” he said.
There are five bedrooms, of which three are extra large as master suites with walk-in robes. The home also features a gymnasium, home office and seven bathrooms. There is parking for four cars. All four floors are serviced by a lift.
While we all dream of a butler’s panty, this property does not have one — instead it has an entire butler’s kitchen, hidden away from the main kitchen.
Mr Smith said the property comes off the back of a strong year to the prestige market and expects this listing to be a hit with a number of buyers.
“There’s strong demand in the super luxury property market in Sydney right now and this property is set to create a new benchmark,” Mr Smith said.
“I’m expecting there to be national and international interest in this incredible property.”
A major feature of the home is a four storey backlit travertine marble wall which adjoins the floating glass and marble staircase.
Vonnie and Bill Wavish plan to downsize and travel more after they sell this property.
As a director of Australian Age of Dinosaurs at Winton in outback Queensland for more than 10 years, it was not surprising that a bronze sauropod dinosaur guards their waterfront lawn and the sandstone steps to the water.