Moving the goalposts

Moving the goalposts

Mark Schwarzer, who has offered his Watsons Bay home for rent. 43 Susan Street, Annandale, has been with one family for 114 years.

40 Pymble Avenue Pymble, which is for sale at more than $1.7 million.

The Socceroos goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, who also plays in the English Premier League with Fulham, has listed his Watsons Bay harbour-front property for rent at $3400 a week. Since March, the property has been on the market with price hopes of more than $12 million, but it hasn’t sold so Schwarzer is looking for a tenant.

Named Boongarre, the two-storey weatherboard house stands on a 1214 sqm Pacific Street block with views across Watsons Bay and the harbour to the city skyline. Schwarzer paid $10.2 million for the property in 2009. But he and his wife Paloma decided to remain in Europe to educate their children, so the property was listed for sale.

Boongarre was the childhood home of the renowned author Christina Stead, and it was owned by the Stead family from 1918-1980.

History in the making

At Annandale in the inner west, a cottage owned by the Blaydon family for 114 years is set for auction next Saturday through Jennifer Aaron. Expected to sell for more than $850,000, the circa 1898 two-bedroom weatherboard stands in a 468 sqm block in Susan Street. In the back garden is an air-raid shelter built during World War II. There is also a garage with an adjoining stable that used to house a horse and carriage.

Headed for the beach

The Channel Nine television sports identity Tim Gilbert and his wife, Josie, snapped up a La Perouse beachside house last week. The couple paid $1,595,000 for a modern four-bedroom residence through McGrath agent Damon Anasta.

Standing opposite the sandy shores of Frenchmans Bay, the property has been on and off the market with $2 million-plus price hopes through various agents since it was listed by the Reid family in October 2010.

Earlier this month, the Gilberts sold their Maroubra home for $1.16 million through Raylean Ellison of Ellison Zulian Property.

Hollywood connection

On the upper north shore, a Pymble house believed to have been rented by the Australian-born Hollywood actor Errol Flynn is for sale at more than $1.7 million through Alex Riley, the sales director of Sachs Real Estate.

Flynn was a friend of the filmmaker Charles Chauvel who lived in the same street, Pymble Avenue. In 1933, Flynn had a starring role in an Australian film, In the Wake of the Bounty, directed by Chauvel.

Set on a 1006 sqm block with a swimming pool, the Californian bungalow was built by the McKewan family who later moved to live at another Pymble Avenue house called The Knoll. Since the mid-1980s, the four-bedroom residence has been owned by the Roufogalis family who have listed it for sale.

Transformed delight

A Rose Bay residence designed by the architect Michael Falk is for sale at more than $2.25 million through Barry Goldman of Raine & Horne Double Bay.

On a 340 sqm block in the Avenue, the three-bedroom semi-detached house is owned by Kim Scheftz, whose South African-born husband, Joel Scheftz, owns the Foam Booth store at the corner of Cleveland and South Dowling streets.

Falk’s design transformed an original circa 1930s semi into a large contemporary two-storey residence with marble and limestone bathrooms, a state-of-the-art kitchen and large living and dining areas that flow onto a covered outdoor dining area and a landscaped garden with a swimming pool.

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