This Hamptons-inspired mansion at 1 Jane Place, Dural, was the state’s most viewed property on realestate.com.au in the past week.
DURAL trophy homes are the jewel in the crown for offshore Chinese buyers who have been visiting Sydney for their traditional “Golden Week” holiday.
And it seems one particular house has been at the forefront of everyone’s searches.
The six bedroom beauty at 1 Jane Place was not only the most viewed home in Sydney, on realestate.com.au over the past week, it was also the most viewed home in Australia.
Golden Week — in the first week of October — is a popular time for Chinese buyers to visit Australia and purchase property. And Dural, in Sydney’s hills district, always has plenty of hot property to offer.
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Record price in Dural
A Chinese buyer set the suburb record back in May when a seven-bedroom Dural mansion known as the Moncur Estate, on two hectares, sold for $10.85 million.
The luxury estate is understood to have been bought by Junlong Zheng, husband of China’s wealthiest self-made woman, Zho Qunfei, with the purchase approved by the Foreign Investment Review Board.
1 Jane Place, Dural, is just 40 minutes from Sydney’s CBD.
That beat the previous suburb record of $8.8 million that was set last year, again by Chinese buyers.
Darren Curtis, of Ken Jacobs Christie’s International Real Estate, sold the record-breaker.
Chinese buyers loved Dural because it was comparatively good value because of the size of the properties, he said.
“They just can’t get that sort of land size, house size, infrastructure, or facility in their home town, whether that’s Beijing or Shanghai,” Mr Curtis said.
The huge heated pool is just one of the attractions of 1 Jane Place, Dural
What an entrance.
“For these sorts of prices, it’s impossible.”
Unlike many parts of Sydney at the moment, Mr Curtis said: “The very top end of the Dural market seems healthy.”
He has a six-bedroom, seven-bathroom Hamptons-style home on two hectares at 1 Jane Place, with a price guide of $7.3 million to $8 million for sale.
It includes a pool, tennis court, stables, arena and self-contained apartment and is surrounded by a mini botanical garden.
“A good portion of my inquiry is coming from those who are currently here for that public holiday,” he said.
One of the living spaces at 1 Jane Place, Dural
Wake up here.
The Jane Place property has been home for David Ansell, the head of Dutch coffee giant Jacobs Douwe Egberts, and his wife Jodi, along with son Tom and daughters Eliza and Madi since they bought it for $4,070,000 in 2015.
Built in 1998, Mr Ansell said it was “a little tired” when they bought it but they’ve done a substantial renovation.
The stables at 1 Jane Place, Dural
It was daughter Madi’s passion for horses that attracted them to the home. But now the children have grown up, the couple are downsizing and planning to spend more time at their holiday home at Boomerang Beach.
He believes Dural’s appeal with Chinese buyers can only increase.
“It’s a little jewel that’s ready to get really, really popular … proximity to Castle Hill and good schools are a huge attraction for some Chinese buyers and this property is a bit like the Southern Highlands but only 30 minutes from the Harbour Bridge,” Mr Ansell said.