The opulent mansion used for the filming the first Australian series of The Bachelor is looking for yet another happy ending, after coming on to the market again.
La Joiede Vivre, which means “joy of living” in French, sold in 2016 to freight tycoon Clive
Thomas and his wife Lee for $7.05 million.
It was a happy ending for the palatial French provincial mansion at 68 Minkara Rd, Bayview, which had been on and off the market since 2010.
The commanding setting has panoramic views over Pittwater to the ocean and the home’s design was inspired by the grand chateaus of the Loire Valley.
It was previously owned by fellow former freight tycoon Gregory Poche and his wife, Kay van Norton.
They paid $10 million for it in 2003, CoreLogic data reports.
The larger-than-life home was used as a main set for the first Australian series of The Bachelor in 2013, which saw chiropractor Tim Robards find love with Anna Heinrich.
It was to be one of the most successful in the long-running reality series. Last year Robards and Heinrich tied the knot in a glamorous ceremony in Italy.
Originally built in 1993, La Joiede Vivre is one of the largest on Sydney’s northern beaches, with a whopping floor area of about 1000sqm and an eye-watering list of features, including 4091sqm of private grounds, multiple terraces on all three levels, tennis court with self-contained private studio, heated pool with waterfall and spa, sauna, grand entrance foyer with 24-carat gold filigree balustrades, high ceilings and curved staircase, temperature-controlled wine cellar with tasting area, combined home office, library and games room, gymnasium, commercial granite kitchen with butler’s pantry, and decadent bedrooms with robes/dressing rooms and ensuites.
If you don’t want to walk down to the tennis court you can use the inclinator, and of course there is ducted airconditioning, alarm and security system, six-car garage and giant store room and semicircular driveway with porte cochère.
The study even has a full-sized pool table and lounge area.
Darren Curtis, of Ken Jacobs, Christie’s International Real Estate — Double Bay, is marketing the property through an expressions of interest campaign.
A closing date or price guide has not been set for the sale.
“It is an amazing house,” he said.