Recruiter Jason Johnson and his wife, Portia Thomson, have sold their luxury Dover Heights home for $11.5m to a buyer from Perth who bought it after a 20-minute tour on Facetime.
“The buyer saw it for the first time at 3pm on Facetime and he bought it at 7pm,” says Alexander Phillips of PPD, who originally had a $10m guide for the five-bedroom residence with private resort-style garden and heated mineral pool at 90 Military Rd, Dover Heights.
There’d been a September 30 auction scheduled, but by Friday afternoon, a week after it was first listed, with strong interest pushing the guide to $11m, Phillips had three people fighting for the keys.
The buyer is understood to work in the mining industry, is in his early 40s and will relocate to Sydney next year.
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The gobsmacking result means that Johnson and Thomson have achieved even more for this property than the North Bondi home they’ve paid an exorbitant $11,235,000 for at 99 Murriverie Rd.
The Wentworth Courier and REA Group exclusively revealed yesterday that Johnson, founder and managing partner of executive search firm Johnson Partners, and Thomson, a sales consultant at MindBody Inc, were the $11,235,000 buyers of a six-bedroom Murriverie Rd residence that traded for just $6.3m two years ago.
The extraordinary 78 per cent price hike has been the talk of the eastern suburbs for a week.
The Murriverie Rd home, in the name of 30-year-old Annabelle Shamir is on a 440 sqm block.
She’s upgrading to the Bellevue Hill mansion of the fashion designer-turned-lifestyle blogger Stephanie Conley-Buhre which sold for more than $30m in July with her investment banker husband Adam Blumenthal, chairman of EverBlu Capital.
Agents Ray White Double Bay’s Daryl Rosen and Warren Ginsberg had a $9m price guide for Murriverie Rd ahead of last Thursday’s online auction.
The Johnson-Thomson current property is a bigger 645sqm block, but the trade off is that it’s on Military Rd, Dover Heights, rather than a North Bondi address.
The couple had purchased it for $5.76m in 2018 before engaging star designer Yasmine Ghoneim of YSG Studio for a renovation.
Inside Jason Johnson’s award-winning home
As I reported last week, the interiors are now fresh — and quite incredible.
The residence was the national winner for residential design in both the Australian Interior Design Awards and the Design File Awards in 2020 and has appeared in Vogue Living and Belle Magazine.
Ghoneim is also co-ordinating the revamp of the Palm Beach house that couple snapped up last November for $9.17m, which was owned by Emlen Bell, daughter of the late US senator Joseph Tydings.
The two-storey Dover Heights house is surrounded by lush established gardens and features a “Black Panther” marble kitchen that flows to a private resort-style garden with heated mineral pool.
Other highlights are the private deck with ocean views and the entertainer’s lounge with outdoor kitchen.
Jason Johnson also made the property news in 2019 when his Bondi Beach apartment sold for $3,525,000 pre-auction.
There’d been a $3.4m price guide for the two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment at 208/180 Campbell Pde, which was also a winner at the Australian Interior Design Awards in 2018.
Johnson bought the unit in 2017 and immediately brought in Amber Road Design for a $400,000 renovation.
It, too, appeared in multiple design publications.
The couple are now looking for their next renovation project.