The Point Piper apartment of San Francisco-based vintage car collector and philanthropist Charles Goodman and his wife, Barbara, has a $7m price guide via R&W’s Michael Dunn and Andrew Birbeck.
It’s understood that Goodman has one of the biggest — if not the biggest — vintage car collections in the whole of the United States.
Property records show the Goodmans bought the three-bedroom, three-bathroom harbourfront penthouse on Lady Martin’s Beach at 3/10 Longworth Avenue for $3.5m in 2001.
Sitting atop Martinique, an exclusive waterfront triplex with manicured gardens, it has spectacular northerly harbour views across Shark Island to Manly.
It’s the size of a house, with 302 sqm of living space.
And the story goes that it was actually a house that the wealthy Americans had tried to buy during a visit to Sydney 19 years ago.
They’d fallen in love with the city and its harbourside homes and they’d had their eye on one the city’s most significant residences — it’s not known which.
But as is the case now, foreign ownership laws prevented them from buying it.
They were, however, permitted to buy a new apartment — so they snapped up the newly completed Martinquie apartment and have returned several times a year for visits.
Coronavirus has put a stop to all of that.
Goodman began collecting cars at the age of 20 after purchasing a 1926 Model T Ford, which he still owns. He also has a range of Duesenbergs, which famously appeared in Al Capone movies.
Goodman spent more than three decades in the building industry and later served three terms as mayor to the town of Ross in northern California.
Dunn says he already has good interest at the $7m level in the apartment.
“The prestige apartment market is very strong at the moment,” he said.
“A lot of young people are upgrading and we are getting good numbers going through all of our properties … the real issue is the shortage of stock.”
He’s just sold the three-bedroom, three-bathroom Darling Point apartment of avid yachtie Greg Maughan and his wife Donna at 1/47 New Beach Road overlooking Yarranbbe Park for about $8.5m.
It had been for sale with other agents earlier in the year, but he had it sold within three weeks.
“It’s a very buzzy location and one of the best positions in the whole of Sydney … just like Lady Martin’s beach is wonderful.”
Brains behind Qantas ad selling
The stunning Double Bay home of advertising creative director, Chris Mitchell, and his wife Lucina Thaw has hit the market with a $5m price guide.
With their children finishing their HSC, Mitchell, who is the brains behind the Qantas ad campaign ‘It feels like home to me’, and Thaw, an Arrowsmith teacher in the field of neuroplasticity, are planning a lifestyle change.
Richardson & Wrench Double Bay’s James Dunn and Robynne Arnouts say the just-launched four-bedroom, three-bathroom home with off-street parking at 19 Epping Road is already popular.
“The house demonstrates their creative flair and style … the layout is so appealing for family living, low maintenance and well considered,” says Arnouts.
The home was renovated last year, with new bathrooms and cosmetic improvements.
Property records show the couple purchased the home on a 278sqm block for $2.31m in 2004.