Sally Roberts at 42 Kirribilli Ave, Kirribilli, which sold prior to auction for more than $5.6 million. Picture: AAP Image/Bradley Patrick.
ONE of only two Victorian villas remaining in the North Sydney area has sold prior to auction for “well in excess of the price guide” to a young local family, according to selling agent McGrath Mosman’s Claudia Portale.
The historic property at 42 Kirribilli Ave with iconic views had a $5.5 million-$5.6 million guide and stands on part of 120 acres at Kirribilli, originally granted to Robert Ryan, a private soldier with the First Fleet.
Ms Portale said interest had been strong with overseas, interstate and locals buyers all jockeying for the coveted address.
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“I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many people come to the property in such a short time frame,” she said.
The main bedroom has a private balcony overlooking Sydney Harbour.
The new owner of the property loved it so much, it took only one viewing before they purchased it, Ms Portale said.
“It was love at first sight for the,” she said.
“They no intention of selling, so it looks like it will be a long time before we ever see this property back on the market.”
The vendor was an interior designer and former journalist, whose son Scott Roberts said Kirribilli was not as gentrified back when the home was purchased.
“In those days you could get inner city terraces for as little as $8000,” he said. “They were not that popular because of their shabbiness.
From the front terrace, the family has witnessed the transformation of Sydney.
“This home has given us the front row seat to some of Sydney’s most significant events,” Mr Roberts said.
The home still many of period detailings.
Ms Roberts has helped recreate the award-winning gardens that once occupied the rear courtyard.
“When we first moved in the small AMP building dwarfed every other building in Sydney, now the city has tripled in height over that time.”
For many years the 42 Kirribilli Ave used to win many North Sydney Council awards for the best courtyard garden about 30 years ago.
The gardens have since resurrected by Mr Robert’s sister Sally Roberts, who is a landscape designer.
The two-storey home has two bathrooms and prized off-street parking. It has views of the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Circular Quay.
Ms Portale said 120 groups inspected the home in two weeks. Records show the villa next door sold for $2.8 million in 2003.
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