The Vaucluse home of businessman Alex Ma that sold this week was snapped up sight unseen for $31m by an Aussie expat based in Chicago.
Sources have told the Wentworth Courier exclusively that the woman is planning to soon return home with her American husband to the luxury seven-bedroom, eight-bathroom Hermitage Estate home at 20A Vaucluse Road.
And what a home to come back to — designed by the renowned architect, Bruce Stafford, the residence maximises its world-class Sydney Harbour views and has a cinema, heated pool, lift, gym and sauna plus parking for 12 cars.
The property, which Ma bought for $26.5 million in 2017 — was first listed last February after Ma, 30, had snapped up two waterfront homes on Carrara Rd for $56 million in late 2018.
Agents Peter Leipnik and Alex George of BadgerFox had declared the house sold last March, but the Australian-based buyer couldn’t complete and that deal fell over.
Leipnik and George had maintained that the original exchange was for more than $30m. Other sources said it had been $28m.
The agents relisted it in July this year with the same $30m guide with a planned August auction that never eventuated, but an Instagram post on Monday indicated they’d found a buyer above that guide.
Leipnik and George have refused to reveal the identity of the buyer.
But sources have told the Wentworth Courier a buyer’s agent had been scouting the eastern suburbs for an appropriate home for the couple.