Television current affairs doyen George Negus has offloaded his rustic Balmain East terrace after 42 years ownership.
His eclectic William St terrace was sold with just a hint of current day marketing hyperbole through BresicWhitney agent Chris Nunn who’d given $2.6 million guidance.
The 79-year-old well travelled media professional paid $70,000 in 1979, while single and working on 60 Minutes.
The Brisbane-born Negus had moved to the peninsula in 1972, renting with mates, chef Tony Bilson and fellow finance journalist Terry Ogg.
He briefly owned on Grove St, Birchgrove, having paid $39,000 in 1973 and selling in 1975 for $41,000. He then rented on the peninsula, but twice found after returning from overseas assignments that he’d have to vacate since the house had been sold. The Balmain terrace became his office when he worked on Foreign Correspondent in the 1990s.
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Since 1988, Negus has spent most of his time at Gleniffer on the NSW north coast after he and wife, Kirsty Cockburn paid $158,000 for their 12ha holding, when he was on The Today Show. They have not been to Balmain since the pandemic, and are keen to resume their Travel for the Mind expeditions when borders re-open.
The 124sqm Balmain terrace with water views from its upper level comes with three bedrooms and one bathroom. It was marketed as located at the “prestigious east end” of the peninsula which has been transformed from its working-class industrial origins during their tenure.
Meanwhile Lisa Keighery, widow of Marcs founder Mark Keighery, is upsizing in the much sought after Pomeroy, Potts Point apartment block.
Her third floor apartment has been listed by McGrath agent William Manning after a stylish makeover by her mate, interior designer Marco Meneguzzi.
It was bought only last October for $4,295,000 after her $16 million Palm Beach beachfront sale, through Manning.
Now with a Manhattan feel, the apartment was listed late week with a $6 million to $6.5 million price guide through Manning, who’s already issued a contract from Nicholas Eddy & Co.
The 149sqm space was turned from three bedrooms to two during an earlier ownership having been first sold by Winten to the wine entrepreneur Lisa McGuigan in 2003 for $1,865,000.
Keighery is moving four floors higherin the Susan Rothwell-designed block with her purchase put by informed neighbours at close to $7 million.
It had traded, just six months ago, for $5.15 million when bought by the well-connected Alpe property family who’d snapped it up just three days into its listing through local agents.
AUSSIE LOS ANGELES CHEF SELLS IN BOTANY
In other property news, expatriate chefs Jaci and Monty Koludrovic, who are taking Los Angeles by storm, have sold their Botany home base.
They have secured $1,575,000 for their tri-level 2000-built town house that adjoins the Sir Joseph Banks Hotel apartment complex.
It was sold by Craig Wieckhorst and Shelley Bays at Plan A Property Group who secured the off market sale within a week of listing. Two of the three bedrooms have balcony views across the park.
There is internal access to double car spaces at the Anniversary St abode bought for $1.4 million in 2017. It first sold at $595,000 in 2000.
Botany’s median prices sits at $1,700,000 for houses and $850,000 for units, according to realestate.com.au. Based on five years of sales, Botany has seen a compound growth rate of 3.9 per cent for houses and 0.9 per cent for units.
It was for $1000 a week rent in 2019 when they made the move to the US.
The award-winning husband-wife showcase their Aussie-inspired cuisine with the Botanical Hospitality Group, incorporating southern California’s best seasonal produce into meals which are largely vegan, diary-free and gluten-free.
After moving from Lord Howe Island, Jaci met Monty, who moved from Byron Bay, at Becasse in 2006 and then relocated to the kitchen at Bondi Beach’s Icebergs Dining Room.
‘CROWN JEWEL OF THE HAWKESBURY RIVER’ FOR SALE
And, Ian Gowrie-Smith has listed his redundant holiday retreat at Berowra Waters through LJ Hooker Terrigal agent Tim Andrews.
The five acre bushland holding comes with $4.4 million price hopes.
The Fishermans Point abode, with internal road, is only accessible by water and sea plane. The grounds enjoy sweeping views with Andrews suggesting its indulgent amenities offer semi-remote, resort style living. There’s a pool, spa and tennis court at the holding which comes with a four-bedroom residence and a one bedroom cottage.
“It’s the crown jewel of the Hawkesbury River,” Andrews said.
Gowrie-Smith bought it for $485,000 in 1986 from breadmaker Niels Stevns.
Gowrie-Smith sold the adjoining 3ha property, an old 1950s Outward Bound property, which was also owned by Knox Grammar School, two years ago for $3.5 million.
The London-based Gowrie-Smith, who made his fortune through pharmaceutical and mining companies, is a self-confessed property romantic.
Located 40km north of Sydney, Berowra Waters, with a permanent population of around 120 in the 2016 Census, possibly saw a pragmatic surge in the recent census with the trend to safe isolationism during the pandemic.
Two recent sales have been to Channel 7 stars.
The Morning Show presenter Larry Emdur and his wife, Sylvie expanded their holding with a $1 million building block on Neverfail Bay and the Weekend Sunrise co-host Matt Doran and his fiancee Kendall Bora spent $1.75 million on a 1905 retreat.
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