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Sydney’s skinniest harbourfront home in Darling Point — onetime home of the late socialite Lady Susan Renouf — has sold for $15.5m today as the Bronte residence of style icon Deborah Hutton passed in.
The six-metre wide, four-level, four-bedroom residence with its own private beach at 3A Carthona Ave, Darling Point had been on the market with Ray White Eastern Beaches agent Benjamin Goodwin for just nine days.
Lady Renouf would have been impressed
A February 12 auction was scheduled, but a Melbourne couple flew up this morning and loved it. “They said ‘we’ll take it’ and they paid the full asking price,” Goodwin said.
Agents also look to be close to a deal on Hutton’s stunning home at 4 Pembroke St, Bronte, which had four active bidders for today’s 5.15pm auction.
Listed with a $10m price guide via Sotheby’s managing director Michael Pallier in conjunction with Bethwyn Richards of The Agency, it passed in at $9.7m.
Deborah Hutton’s ‘forever home’ for sale
With auctioneer Jake Moore of Cooley’s presiding, bidding opened at $9.2m and rose in $100,000s and $50,000s.
Hutton bought what was then a 1920s freestanding cottage for $3.8m in 2015 and rebuilt it.
The new house has been beautifully done and would be ideal for a single person or couple.
It has three bedrooms, including a lavish master suite, and an an infra-red sauna. The huge upstairs living room has extraordinary views up and down the coastline.
“It makes my heart sing every time I walk up those stairs,” Huttons told me for a Wentworth Courier feature.
The Darling Point home was owned by Renouf between 1994 and 1997 and is now in the name of Dicker Data co-founder, Fiona Brown, who bought it for $6.34m in 2014.