Joy Smithers: actor, ceramicist, and skilled home renovator. Photo: Tim Bauer
Actor and ceramicist Joy Smithers should probably add home renovator to her list of talents given the job she’s done on her home.
Having bought what was a rundown weatherboard cottage in Botany with a studio and rear-lane access in late 2013 for $752,000, she has transformed it into something far more glamorous.
When she wasn’t filming Mad Max: Fury Road, the renovation of the three-bedroom home included adding a new bathroom, kitchen, walls, facade and a beautifully landscaped garden by her partner, former INXS manager Gary Grant.
“I love renovating,” Smithers tells Title Deeds. “I grew up in a big Federation house and took on the job from a young age. I like to keep the home’s charm and I’m big on re-using and recycling things.” And that’s where Botany has appeal.
“It hasn’t been gentrified yet. There are so many gems,” she says.
Given plans for another home renovation in the neighbourhood, but with her Batch Ceramics studio now moved to a larger premises, she has listed it with George Faris, of The Sydney Property Agency.
Expect to pay about $1 million at the auction on November 11. The home is expected to sell for $1 million or more at auction. Photo: SuppliedBig step on property ladder
As first home purchases go, a $5 million Double Bay apartment is a pretty good start. And so it is for property developer Nicholas Gazal, who has paid just that amount for a three-bedder on level six of The Cosmopolitan.
The result through Di Jones’ Chantal Hooper is well up on the $3.7 million it last traded for two years ago, and was sold within two weeks of hitting the market. Related: Ellen DeGeneres spends $23.8m on beach houseRelated: Edgecliff trophy home breaks suburb recordRelated: Bell buys pal Emdur’s Dover Heights houseNicholas Gazal (right), pictured here with brother Nabil Gazal, has bought in Double Bay. Photo: Luke Fuda
Gazal and his brother Nabil are co-directors of the family’s Gazcorp property development outfit, which was behind the Orange Grove factory outlet at Liverpool.
Nabil made his foray into the local market last November when he paid $7.11 million for his Darling Point spread, where he was later seen kissing his ex-girlfriend Roxy Jacenko, the happily married wife of insider trader Oliver Curtis.
Not to be left out, his sister Nicole O’Neil, of Real Housewives of Sydney fame, made her own $7-million purchase in March of a house in Vaucluse around the corner from the family home where mum Maud holds court. From Hillsong to oceanfrontHillsong musician Darlene Zschech has purchased an oceanfront property in Terrigal. Photo: Mike Ticher
Former Hillsong singer and songwriter Darlene Zschech and her husband Mark have bought on Terrigal’s oceanfront reserve for $3.85 million.
The clifftop residence – sold by Belle Property Killcare’s Cathy Baker – is expected to be a permanent home for the senior pastors at the local Hope Unlimited Church, and follows the recent sale of their waterfront home on Terrigal Lagoon for $2.2 million.
Records show the new digs were previously a holiday home for New Yorker Joanne Low and Daryl Wright, who paid $4.5 million for it 10 years ago. The clifftop residence is expected to be Zschech’s permanent home. Photo: SuppliedSt John family landmark up for grabs
As the film adaptation of Madeleine St John’s classic n novel The Women in Black goes into production under the direction of Bruce Beresford, it is perhaps timely that her family’s Mosman home is for sale.
Vino del Mar is the 1930s residence designed by architect Alan Stafford for Wrigley’s boss George Ekblade. It was bought by St John’s barrister and Liberal politician father Ted St John in 1960.
Madeleine St John, who died in 2006, never lived there, but stayed in the maid’s quarters when visiting from London. Vino del Mar, the Mosman home formerly owned by the family of Madeleine St John, is now for sale. Photo: Supplied
The Clifton Gardens property has traded on a biennial basis since 2013, when cinematographer Peter Menzies and his wife Denise sold it for $4.5 million to medicos Allan and Maya Molloy. They sold it in 2015 for $4.7 million to author and accountant Brett Kelly and his wife Rebecca.
Records show the Kellys have recently paid about $7.8 million for a Phillip Corben-designed house on Balmoral slopes, prompting them to list the landmark Spanish Mission home with Tim Foote, of Belle Property Mosman. Expect to pay $5.8 million to $6.38 million. The Spanish Mission residence is expected to fetch $5.8 million to $6.38 million. Photo: SuppliedAnd they’re off …
Prominent racehorse owner and breeder Peter Horwitz has settled on a new Mosman home, paying $8.2 million for the home of former Netscape Australasia head-turned-yoga devotee Clive Mayhew-Begg and his wife Eriko Kinoshita. Peter Horwitz has paid $8.2 million for this Mosman residence. Photo: Supplied
Sold after a campaign by Ray White Mosman’s Geoff Smith, the price was well up on the $7.35 million it raised when sold four years ago by gold and bullion dealers Kurt and Nathalie Jaggard. Horwitz now just needs to sell his Balmoral slopes home on Stanton Road.
It is being shopped around by McGrath’s Michael Coombs for $7.5 million to $8 million. Boatanica blows on to the marketWindsurfers Anick Graveline and Tom Lucedecke have listed their Avalon digs. Photo: Supplied
In Avalon, the Pittwater home of former champion windsurfers Anick Graveline and Tom Luedecke is up for between $10 million and $11 million.
Boatanica, as it’s called, is a complete rebuild since they bought it in 2011 for $3.6 million and yet another architect Richard Cole-designed collaboration with Luedecke’s Touchwood D.B, who is known locally for his high-end developments.
The contemporary sandstone, concrete and glass residence with a pool and boatshed is listed with McGrath’s Jonathan Fletcher. The pair hope to get between $10 million and $11 million through the sale. Photo: SuppliedRecord toppled
The Balgowlah Heights record has been smashed by more than $1 million just months after coal-industry expert Malcolm Maclennan and his partner Kim Turner paid $9.75 million for their waterfront reserve home. However, there’s no water lapping the boundary of the hillside home of Penny Ford, wife of Curwoods Lawyers partner Peter Ford. The Fords have set a Balgowlah Heights records at close to $11 million. Photo: Supplied
The three-level sandstone residence with home theatre, art studio, billiards room, pool and sauna on 1200 square metres was commissioned by the Fords following their purchase of it in 1996 for $999,600.
Michael Clarke and Cherie Humel of Clarke & Humel, were gagged by orders from confirming the widely rumoured $11 million sale figure, but did confirm it as sold. Igloo weekender
Still in Avalon, Samuel Littlemore, aka record producer/songwriter Sam La More, has returned from his expat life in LA producing hits for the likes of Gwen Stefani and Nelly Furtado and The Potbelleez, to buy a Pittwater pad for $2.35 million. The record producer and songwriter known as Sam La More has snagged an Avalon Beach weekender. Photo: Supplied
The five-bedroom house on Riverview Road with a domed roofline – billed an “igloo” on his Instagram account – is expected to be a weekender for the Watsons Bay-based artist.
Littlemore had no sooner taken the keys to the property than he and the rest of the members of electro dance group PNAU were nominated for an ARIA for best dance release. Nick Littlemore (left) and Sam Littlemore (right) are members of the electro group PNAU. Photo: AAP Image/Daniel Munoz
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