Pearl Beach a private enclave for celebrities and CEO’s

Pearl Beach on the Central Coast is a private enclave for celebrities and CEO’s. Picture: Chosen Photography.

They say it is the ‘Palm Beach of the Central Coast’, attracting high profile Sydneysiders looking for an idyllic place to unwind in privacy.

Pearl Beach recently found itself in the spotlight when former Arts Minister Don Harwin was caught commuting between his Sydney apartment and his Central Coast weekender during an elevated stage of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Don Harwin pictured at Pearl Beach during the scandal. Picture: Sue Graham.

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Harwin’s Pearl Beach holiday house. Picture: Christian Gilles.

View from 3 Gem Rd, Pearl Beach, a top selling beachfront home sold by Dale Bassett in 2018.

But the little hidden enclave has been an escape destination for corporates and celebrities for many years before the Harwin scandal.

It has been home to household names such as TV presenter Mike Willesee, entertainer Jeannie Little, comedian Andrew Denton and playwright David Williamson.

The little beach ‘burb, which has a population of just 536, is also a private holiday haven for corporate types.

Andrew Denton

Andrew Denton was once a Pearl Beach resident. Picture: Justin Lloyd.

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As was well-known TV personality Jeannie Little.

According to CoreLogic, the most expensive home in the suburb is currently owned by Australia Post CEO Christine Holgate, who snapped up the property in 2015 for $5.2 million.

Records show that other notable residents include Bridgeclimb founder Paul Cave, Rebel Sports co-founder Robert Gavshon, IVF specialist Prof Michael Chapman and renowned architect Brian Mazlin.


Australia Post chief executive Christine Holgate. Picture: Mark Cranitch.

Long-term Pearl Beach agent Dale Bassett from McGrath Ettalong said that he was not surprised that these types of people liked buying property in Pearl Beach.

“You can leave your suit in Sydney, put on some boardies and a baseball cap and enjoy the anonymity,” he said.

“There’s no hierarchy, no apartments, no clubs. There’s one road in and one road out. I would say that it’s definitely the Palm Beach of the coast, but even quieter and more unassuming. I don’t think there is anywhere in Australia quite like it.”

No. 3 Gem Rd was sold by Mr Bassett for $4.5 million.

Mr Bassett said that he currently had two wealthy Sydney buyers eyeing off beachfront properties in the suburb. He said that both buyers are willing to pay in excess of $6 million.

“The Pearl Beach market is unbreakable – records are set here when there are downturns everywhere else,” he said.


Don Harwin purchased his Pearl Beach weekender from Mr Bassett for $1.287 million last year, CoreLogic records show.

The former Arts Minister listed his official high-rise home base in Elizabeth Bay just a fortnight after he resigned from his position. Mr Bassett said that as far as he was aware, Harwin would remain in Pearl Beach.

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