A splash of elegance, a touch of heritage, and a sprinkle of modernity — it’s the recipe for a property gem nestled in the heart of Woollahra. Olympic legend and five-time gold medallist Ian Thorpe is reportedly passing the torch of this opulent abode, listing his Woollahra home for a cool $3.7 million. A savvy investment, it seems, given he purchased the residence in 2017 for $2.75 million, and yes, it has a pool.
While most of us mere mortals won’t be adding five gold medals to our collection anytime soon, the fortunate new homeowner might still claim some golden moments. The luxury space – nestled at the back of a six-residence boutique security complex – promises privacy and seclusion.
With a legacy of being “the best one in the building,” according to lead selling agent Courtney Wong, it’s the kind of refuge that would appeal to Bond himself – sans the martinis, perhaps. Over three spacious levels, the 216-square-metre layout boasts a bathroom on each floor, ensuring guests or residents never have to make that awkward hallway dash.
A third bedroom on the top offers the versatility of converting into a second living space, perfect for those nights hosting friends for an A-lister movie marathon or perhaps the Olympics rerun. The fourth bedroom’s flexibility as a home office is a nod to our current zeitgeist, where working from your lavish space doesn’t mean skimping on style.
If walls could talk, the 1860s mansion façade, now transformed into six modern homes, would regale us with tales spanning over a century. And while the exterior whispers of a bygone era, the interior screams contemporary, boasting mod-cons such as ducted air conditioning and a heated pool and spa – just in case you want to channel your inner Thorpedo.
While Wong paints a picture of it being an ideal stepping stone for those not yet diving into the mansion market, this urban treasure offers a blend of parkside living with city conveniences. And if you’re keen to make a splash of your own, get your paddles ready – the property is scheduled to be auctioned off on Saturday, September 16th at 1pm.
So, whether you’re an Olympic enthusiast hoping some of Thorpe’s gold medal magic rubs off, a luxury aficionado, or simply on the hunt for a posh pad, this Woollahra wonder may just be the treasure at the end of your property rainbow. Dive in, the water’s luxe.