Even as a wealthy super-spy, James Bond knows better than shopping in the Sydney property market. However, if he did, there’s a home in the ritzy suburb of Mosman that might be perfect. Recently hitting the market is 13 Rickard Ave, which has $10 million expectations due to its premier location, stunning layout and most importantly, an incredible 007-inspired tunnel.
The five-bedroom home with four bathrooms delivers on nearly everything a North Sydney elitist could dream of, including a heated pool with gorgeous views of the Opera House and city skyline. Offering amenities most of us could only dream of, the secret underground walkway is what truly separates this abode from its neighbours.
“It’s very James Bond and high-tech,” Di Jones Mosman agent Jacqui Rowland-Smith told of the 25m tunnel. “You come out of the garage and walk into the tunnel, the lights come on and there’s music … it’s mesmerising.”
Four years ago, owners Robert Proctor, an electrical engineer, and his wife, Wendy, hired the help of miners Lightning Ridge to move to Sydney and begin the massive undertaking. Being a six-month project, the Procters even provided workers free board and three meals a day.
“It’s a big house and the five of them stayed downstairs … the only thing we didn’t supply was alcohol which would have cost more than the tunnel,” Robert noted.
The tunnel connects from the street and double garage to a lift that provides access to both levels of the house. While extremely luxurious, the couple said the decision to renovate was ultimately a pragmatic one.
“It means we don’t have to walk up 63 steps, which is particularly difficult in the pouring rain,” says Robert. Oh, and just in case you happened to mistake the upgrade as lazy, they added a home gym in the tunnel too.
To build the passageway, the miners used jackhammers for the vertical lift shaft and a special machine that is designed to cut through rock for the tunnel. After the lift and landscaping were complete, the owners said the work nearly hit the $1 million mark, but was well worth it.
It will be an emotional sale for the Proctors, who bought the house 40 years ago for just AU$290,000. Apologies for ruining your day, millennials.