96 Victoria Rd, Bellevue Hill has been listed for $16 million
WITH Jacqui and Richard Scheinberg paying about $60 million to move into Bellevue Hill’s iconic Gothic mansion Rona, their nearby home in Victoria Rd has hit the market with a price guide of $16 million.
And the listing has gone to Bart Doff and Stephen Zoellner of Laing + Simmons Double Bay.
The grand beautifully renovated double-storey six-bedroom home with harbour views sits high above the exclusive street, hidden behind its sandstone fence and hedge. It has both a tennis court and a pool and it backs onto Scots College junior school.
One of the lavish living rooms at 96 Victoria Rd, Bellevue Hill.
CoreLogic records show it’s in the name of Jacqueline Scheinberg, who bought it for $3.3 million in 1994.
Buyers have already had private viewings of the home.
The Scheinbergs are clearing the decks ahead of Rona’s settlement day, with CoreLogic records showing them selling a three-bedroom penthouse in Spring St, Bondi Junction, for $5.06 million through Bill Malouf of LJ Hooker, Double Bay, on September 24.
Another three-bedroom apartment in the block is listed with Stella Gankin of Belle Property Bondi Junction.
But it was Mr Doff, who along with The Agency’s Ben Collier, sold them Rona, one of Sydney’s finest residential estates on more than 5700 sqm, in the best position in Bellevue Hill at 2 Ginaghulla Rd.
The living room at 96 Victoria Rd, Bellevue Hill.
Neither agent will discuss the sale, but it’s understood the deal was finally inked on Friday.
The property had been on the market for two years, but its sale is double the previous record for the suburb.
Built in 1883, the vendors were the property tycoon Terry Agnew and his estranged wife, Kyril, who bought it for $20.5 million in 2005.
It was a huge week for Mr Agnew, who, in the midst of a divorce settlement, also sold Great Keppel Island for more than $60 million
When contacted by the Wentworth Courier on Sunday about their purchase of Rona, Mrs Scheinberg said only: “We’re very private people — we don’t wish to discuss it.”
But the Scheinbergs are known to have been interested in Rona for some time.
They were also thought to be considering Fairwater, the Point Piper harbourfront mansion belong to the late Lady Mary Fairfax, that recently sold to Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes for about $100 million.
The dining room at 96 Victoria Rd, Bellevue Hill
The Scheinberg family appears on rich lists showing wealth of more than $300 million, with Richard being the youngest son of the late Albert Scheinberg, who migrated from Hungary in 1937 and ran a leathergoods business in Sydney with his brother John Hammond, who was born Herman Scheinberg.
But it’s property development that has been the most lucrative: Albert was in a key player in establishing Stocks and Holdings, which was to later become Stockland property.
Jacqueline and Richard continue to invest in property development through their private company, McDonald Industries.
Launch of the new Box Hill community development called The Hills of Carmel.MP Ray Williams, Debbie Redelman, Mayor Michelle Byrne and Richard Scheinberg
Albert had bought land for a Brahman cattle stud at Box Hill in the Hills district in 1960.
The Scheinbergs have now turned that into a housing estate of 2000 lots called the Hills of Carmel.
In a story for the Rouse Hill Times two years ago about the launch of the estate, Richard reminisced about about the days he grew up on the farm riding his bike.
And his sister, Debbie Redelman, had similar fond memories: “I loved going to the creek and looking at all creatures that lived there.”
Albert passed away a decade ago, but his second wife, Giselle, died only this month — October 4 — at the age of 97.
In a moving obituary penned by Jacqui and Debbie, the pair reveal Giselle lived through the war, escaping concentration camps multiple times. And soldiers almost killed her:
“She was hiding in a sack among sacks of potatoes. The soldier bayonetted the sacks but missed Gisella.”
Albert had sponsored her to come to Australia and she later married him. In 1969 she opened the successful Holdsworth Galleries in Woollahra, working seven days a week.
When many artists were stuck down by AIDS in the 1980s, she took them her home-made soup.
Among the artists her gallery represented were Donald Friend, Sidney Nolan, Margaret Olley and Charles Blackman.