Claudia Karvan and the rooftop terrace which features a bath tub and shower and has views to the city
THE rustic inner city warehouse that was the former home of actor Claudia Karvan and longtime partner Jeremy “Jez” Sparks sold for above its $2.7 million price guide on the eve of today’s scheduled auction.
The four-level residence, which has four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a garage, is in a secluded laneway off Bourke St at 17 Charles St.
An excited Mr Sparks and his agent, Cobden & Hayson Surry Hills principal Brigitte Blackman, confirmed to the Sunday Telegraph that the unique property, which had a north-facing rooftop terrace with city skyline views, sold at 7pm last night.
The main bedroom at 17 Charles St, Redfern, opens out to the rooftop terrace
They were unable to reveal the exact sale price or name the buyer due to a confidentiality agreement, but they confirmed the purchasers lived in the close-knit neighbourhood.
The early street talk was that the buyers may have been Carolyn Sutton, chief financial officer at M.H Carnegie & Co, and her partner, the travel photographer Richard l’Anson, who bought a south-facing residence in the same boutique complex in 2014 for $1.97 million and have since done an extensive renovation.
But it later emerged that the buyers were James McIntryre, the Head of Economic Research at Macquarie Group, and his wife, Julianne, who works in business development and strategy.
They live in a Bourke St terrace nearby but have been looking for a special property for their young family to upgrade to in the neighbourhood for years.
The large living area at 17 Charles St, Redfern
To have achieved a price above the price guide is becoming increasingly rare in the current tough property market.
Ms Blackman had been expecting two buyers at today’s 9.45am auction.
Ms Karvan is on a film shoot in the Middle East so was not going to be present.
She and Mr Sparks, a highly successful engineer who runs his own firm, Event Engineering, have hosted a who’s who of the Australian film and music world at the home, including Noah Taylor, Tex Perkins, Asher Keddie, Simon Baker and Joel Edgerton — all their close friends.
Karvan’s father, the legendary Kings Cross nightclub owner Arthur, who now lives in Bali, also regularly stayed there.
The view back into the main bedroom from the terrace at 17 Charles St, Redfern
Sparks had built the residence himself within the former clothing factory that his family purchased for $725,000 in 1994.
His mother, Julie Korner, who headed the Gay and Lesbian Assoociation of Dance, had originally asked him to find an inner city warehouse as a base because the top level had a tallowwood floor perfect for ballroom dancing,
In 2004, they converted the warehouse into five separate residences for family and their close friends, with Sparks nabbing the prime residence for himself and Karvan, who he met in 1988.
The doors to their children’s bedrooms, Audrey, 16, and Albee, 12, featured a Picasso face.
The family is staying in the Redfern neighbourhood.