The buyers of a record-breaking Surry Hills residence are moving from one spaceship home to another.
Bellevue Hill couple Jillian Gower and her husband Philip Moffitt have paid $5.05 million through McGrath agent Walter Burfitt-Williams — setting a new Surry Hills apartment record — for a residence that looks a bit like a Star Wars battleship.
And the place they’re moving from is the Alec Tzannes-designed ‘Oculus’ at 73A Victoria Rd — currently for sale with a $15 million guide with Michael Pallier of Sotheby’s — resembles Star Trek’s Starship Enterprise.
As Mr Burfitt-Williams points out, Ms Gower and Mr Moffitt — a founding partner of venture capital outfit Nexus and previously of Goldman Sachs — are bucking the usual trend of downsizing to a top-end Potts Point apartment.
Instead they’ve opted for an edgy Surry Hills building.
Their new home is a three-bedroom, three-bathroom space occupying 413 sqm of space (including the private stairwell and roofgarden) at 2/113 Cooper St.
The upper-level apartment is one of two in a complex by developer Eddie Bechara completed only this year on the site of a former car wreckers. Years ago, it was horse stables for the horses that did the deliveries for the old steam laundry in Richards Ave, Surry Hills.
The apartment below sold for $3.55 million but was not nearly as large.
It was bought by microbiologist Alex Outhred and his partner.
With several multi-million dollar sales in recent weeks, Mr Burfitt-Williams says that the inner-city prestige market is heavy with downsizers with deep pockets looking for something special.
“Mostly, they’re coming from the east, but these buyers now have competition as we have seen a noticeable upswing in interest from the north shore,” Mr Burfitt-Williams said.
“Parents are looking to follow their kids into the inner-city and want to buy into the same lifestyle of walking to the latest restaurant or catching a show.”