Point Piper

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  • Day116

    news of the bay

    January 30, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    The Point Piper trophy home of luxury car importer Neville “Croaky” Crichton has sold for more than $60 million, kick-starting a strong start to the year for the trophy home market.

    The buyer’s identity remains shrouded in secrecy but it is tipped to be an overseas buyer given settlement remains contingent on approval from the Foreign Investment Review Board.

    The result puts it in the top three residential house sales nationally, topped by the $70 million record set by the Vaucluse mansion La Mer that was sold by James and Erica Packer in 2015.

    Crichton’s Tuscan-style residence, Portofino, made headlines in 2011 when it was rented by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his wife Melanie at $25,000 a week.

    The three-level residence has six bedrooms, a gym, private jetty and is set on 1500 square metres at the end of Wingadal Place cul-de-sac in a sheltered inlet with gun-barrel Harbour Bridge views.

    Crichton bought the property in 1994 for $5.9 million from helicopter pilot Bruce Rose and his wife Pam and later built the existing mansion.

    The Roses bought the property in 1962 from the Hordern family for 18,000 pounds.

    When owned by the Rose family the property held the only private helipad in the eastern suburbs thanks to 7am-to-sunset helicopter landing rights.

    Crichton and his girlfriend Nadi Hasandedic were regularly spotted on the look-out for a downsizer penthouse last year, and made an early offer of more than $20 million for the Finger Wharf penthouse of Russell Crowe.
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  • Day116

    Another tough day

    January 30, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    7.00 construction work next door starts
    9.00 joint dip in pool and harbour exercises
    10.00 Christian gets on SUP to pick up boat
    10.30 rest of the team gets on board for trip up to Whatson's Bay
    11.00 breaki at Whatson's bay hotel
    12.30 jetty jumping
    13.00 pick up Christmas-parcel (!) from Grant at Woolahra Sailing Club
    14.00 Back Home for a sun break (after quick jump in pool)
    15.00 Christian gets on bike (via Centennial Park) to his physio in Coogee
    16.00 May and Lucas of to Coogee for a swim in the waves
    19.00 joint dinner in Coogee
    20.30 back home enjoying spectacular skyline
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  • Day16

    Evening Harbour Cruise

    October 26, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    This morning I went to the William Buck office of Our Praxity affiliate to do a presentation. The presentation went very well and they were very appreciative and we shared ideas on our respective firms.
    In the afternoon we headed out for lunch and some retail therapy. After walking for a long time with no success, a construction worker came up to us and asked if we needed help. I guess we looked lost and desperate. Celeste told him we were looking for a place to eat lunch. He told us to go across the street into an old heritage building. What a beautiful place it turned out to be. Wonderful lunch and some very unique shops. Celeste said it was like an angel was sent to guide us to go to that place.
    In the evening we were invited by Nick, my Sydney Praxity colleague, to go on an evening cruise of the harbour. The views of the city were beautiful from the water.
    We then returned to the dock and had a delicious dinner. After dinner we went out for an evening cruise to see the city at night. It was magical.
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    Shawn Lall

    Great shot!


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