Anthony Halas of swimwear brand Seafolly fame and his wife, Andie, have sold their stunning Bellevue Hill home ahead of next week’s scheduled auction.
Ray White Double Bay’s Elliott Placks had been quoting a guide of $20 million for the five-bedroom Luigi Rosselli-designed home at 86b Victoria Rd, but explaining the pre-auction negotiated sale he said:
“You’ve gotta shoot for the stars, even if you fall short.”
Mr Placks said the several buyers who had been keen on the property became “quite competitive” towards the end of this week.
“We’re leading towards the end of the year and someone sped the process up a bit … we had an auction before the auction,” he explained. Mr Placks was not able to name the buyers.
Even though the Halas family had to drop down from their dream price of $20 million, they’ve got a sensational deal on the home they’re moving to next.
They’ve bought the Watsons Bay waterfront home of NutriBullet founder Colin Sapire at 8 Pacific St for a touch over $15 million.
There had been expectations of $20 million for that in January.
The couple certainly look pretty happy, photographed with Ray White Double Bay’s Adam Reichman, the third agent on the property, along with Ashley Bierman and Mr Placks, in an Instagram post last night announcing the sale.
Mr Placks described the Halas property as “the best house in Bellevue Hill”.
The two storey home on the 1560 sqm property featured gardens by celebrated landscaper William Dangar along with an in-ground pool and full size tennis court.
The massive renovation won the 2018 Excellence in Housing Award from the Master Builders Association of NSW.
Wentworth Courier’s Kirsten Craze recently wrote a House of the Week feature on the Halas property, which was originally built more than 50 years ago.
“The home feels brand new with plenty of hallmarks, from the original 1962 terrazzo staircase upon entry to the retro stone barbecue area out the back,” Craze wrote.
“From first sight as you approach the home from the long private driveway, it makes an impression as much for its period architecture as for its modern day renovation.
“The old and new have been so successfully married that it takes a keen eye to spot the difference.”
Mr Halas was the major shareholder and CEO of Seafolly for 20 years. Over that time the company became the world’s largest independent specialty swimwear brand. In 2014, the business was sold to L Catterton Private Equity, who own LVMH.