Neighbours of the $12.75m Point Piper home recently snapped up by media identity Mia Freedman and husband Jason Lavigne report a constant barrage of tradesmen arriving.
“They’ve certainly wasted no time in organising their reno,” one told the Wentworth Courier on the basis of anonymity.
Property records now reveal the couple were the mystery buyers of the five-bedroom, four-bathroom home with double garage in Wunulla Road, which appeared as the Courier’s House of the Week on August 25.
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The sold sticker went up on the property, right next door to the Royal Motor Yacht Club, nearly a month ago, but the agent, Paul Rich of Rich’s Double Bay was unable to discuss the result due to a confidentiality agreement.
But all has been revealed on the land title documents, which shows the Lavignes (Freedman goes by her married name) paid $12.75m with a National Australia Bank mortgage — more than double the $6.1m the current owners, Professor Lawrence Kohan, one of Sydney’s leading orthopaedic surgeons, and his wife, Gail, paid in 2013.
It’s been an usually snappy settlement, which is understandable given the circumstances of the Lavignes, who are the co-founders of the Mamamia website, exit from their current home in Bellevue Hill.
The couple, who have three children, lost a legal dispute with the owners of the home that they’d been renting and had hoped to purchase. There’d been a dispute over a leaking roof.
Despite not being a waterfront, there’s a lot to love about the couple’s new home.
It’s certainly got good bones and extraordinary views.
The Kohans had brought in the renovators seven years ago, too, at the time of their purchase, just as the Lavignes are doing
One of the first things they did was build the cabana beside the wet-edge pool.
It was a smart move. Stepping onto the cabana’s rooftop terrace — accessed via a bridge from the main house, with Gail Kohan and Rich, I was blown away by the northerly harbour view over the marina.
“We’ve had quite a few parties out here — especially on New Year’s Eve,” Gail said during my tour.
There’s even a sauna. Professor Kohan apparently loves a sauna followed by a swim — even in winter.
They’d called on the help of architect Philip Perrie for this addition, and also a major refurbishment of the lower part of the 1910-era house.