With Surteco managing director Max Betzler being posted to Europe, wife Gina Rodgers’ designer home in Tamarama has hit the market with $16 million price hopes.
Designed by the Paris-based Lebanese architect Yola Norjaim, the four-bedroom, three-bathroom home is something unique — you won’t see some of the fittings and finishes here anywhere else in Australia.
So it will easily smash the current suburb record of $13 million, set when fashion identity and Ingham chicken heir Robby Ingham and his wife Sarah sold in Gaeroloch Ave two years ago.
The 28 Wolaroi Cres home, listed with Peter Anderson of Christies, has north-facing park and panoramic ocean and beach views.
Completed only four years ago, Norjaim and the Betzlers — Max has a high appreciation of quality with his company being the 130-year-old German-owned firm that specialises in decorative surfaces — have created a very special residence that’s an artistic interpretation of the modernist style.
Along with many genuine buyers keen for such a rare property to call their own, Mr Anderson can expect to have hordes of design aficionados pouring through the doors at open homes.
It’s certainly solid. The new home has been over-engineered, with the structure capable of taking another 10 floors.
The concrete walls, floors and ceilings create a powerful industrial look that’s softened by hints of White American Oak in the benches, doors and parts of the exterior.
Custom-made steel features throughout and the back doors have portholes that were created in the US.
The stairwell walls are lined with 4mm porcelain from Italy; the interior and external spotlights are from Germany with all other lights from France.
There’s solar underfloor heating throughout.
The sunken lounge has a library wall and there are open-plan living and dining rooms with a beautiful swivelling cast-iron fireplace.
The stainless kitchen is a commercial grade, with Wolf and Sub Zero appliances, a gas cooktop and teppanyaki plate.
The wraparound terraces have stunning views.
And the master retreat has custom-built wardrobes, access to the gardens and an ensuite with a magnificent solid stone egg bath.
And most importantly given the home’s proximity to the beach, there’s a double garage with internal access.
CoreLogic records show Ms Rodgers bought the old home on the 424 sqm block for $4.4 million in 2006.
Cinematographer Peter James’s three-bedroom home at 13 Thompson St — designed by Peter Stronach of Allen Jack+Cottier — is also on the market with a price guide of $9 million to $9.5 million.
It has 180-degree northerly views.
Ray White Double Bay’s Thomas Popple says there’s been solid interest at the lower levels of that guide.