Outback crime drama Mystery Road director Rachel Perkins couldn’t sell her Federation cottage at Bondi Beach when it went to auction.
There was drama when the only bidder upped the offer from $2.3 million to $2.4 million.
A young boy with the bidding couple then burst into tears as he didn’t want to move from his nearby abode.
The four-bedroom, two-bathroom classic beach house on almost 300 sqm at 162 Hall St hit the market in early November.
Danielle Gillespie at Belle Property had a $3 million guide on the home, which Perkins had paid $1.5 million in 2010 with her then husband and fellow filmmaker Richard McGrath.
Perkins has spent $2.2 million on a three-bedroom Leichhardt park-side home.
Just 400m from great cafes and the beach, the home has undergone a dramatic transformation since the former couple purchased it in 2010.
There’s the potential to do further work, with council-approved plans for an architecturally designed second storey with another bedroom and bathroom.
Ms Perkins, who is the daughter of the late Aboriginal activist Charlie Perkins, is known for her films Radiance (1998), One Night the Moon (2001), Bran Nue Dae (2010), and Jasper Jones (2017).