Hunters Hill landmark of radio’s Sturge Harty on offer

In Hunters Hill, the 1874-built mansion of the late 2GB radio presenter Frank Sturge Harty and his wife Delphine, Wybalena House, is for sale for the first time in 35 years.
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The historic property was built for Hunters Hill mayor and steamboat proprietor Charles Jeanneret for his wife Julia Ann and their 11 children, and was one of more than a dozen such villas built by him on the peninsula.

The Hartys bought it from Sydney University in 1982 for $650,000, and it has returned to the market following the death of Delphine Harty two years ago, aged 105.

Darren Curtis and Martin Ross, of Christie’s International, have a price guide of $7 million to $7.5 million.

The listing replaces Wahroonga’s heritage home Red Hall on the high-end shelf after it was sold after three weeks on the market.

Rumour has it a buyer from China snapped up the home of the late transport and logistics industry boss John Strang, AO, and his widow Allison, for close to the $8 million high hopes.

Settlement will confirm the result given the tight lips of Christie’s Darren Curtis and Martin Ross. Related: Scott Sutton sells trophy home for $7.3m+Related: Watsons Bay semi sells for $14mRelated: Comedian Andy Lee sells in inner westGarden guru buys in Bowral

Jeanne Villani, one of the owners of the City Extra restaurants at Circular Quay, is joining the Southern Highlands set, paying $2,375,000 for the Victorian Gothic house Highdown in Bowral.

Records show the Hansel & Gretel-style residence in Notts Hill, next door to arts aficionado Justin Miller, was sold by lawyer Anna Lungershausen through Drew Lindsay, of his eponymous agency. The Hansel and Gretel-style residence known as Highdown in Bowral. Photo: Supplied

Villani is widely acclaimed among Sydney green thumbs for the extraordinary garden at her Bayview home, Waterfall Cottage, which is likely to hit the market soon.

Meanwhile, veteran media boss George Buschman and his wife Belinda have returned to the Southern Highlands, buying the Windemere property in Avoca through Drew Lindsay for $3 million.

It is a return home for the couple who have owned notable rural residences Patchdale and Highfield Park.

The tree-change comes as the couple pocket $5.9 million for their Vaucluse home through Belle’s James Nixon, less than two years after they bought it for $4.7 million. The Southern Highlands property of lawyer Anna Lungershausen sold for $2,375,000. Photo: SuppliedGlanworth reno plans lodged

Media tycoon Kerry Stokes is planning a makeover for his Darling Point waterfront trophy home Glanworth.

Plans lodged with Woollahra Council outline a Heather Buttrose Associates-renovation that includes a new study, lift, terrace and a pergola, all to the tune of $544,000. Media tycoon Kerry Stokes is planning to renovate his Darling Point property. Photo: Trevor Collens

The billionaire chairman of Seven West Media has owned the American antebellum-style home at the northern most tip of Darling Point since 1998, when it was sold by Singapore businessman Ho Whye Chung for $9.5 million.

Odds are Stokes is planning to spend more time at his Darling Point base now that son Ryan and his new wife Claire are set to move into their Federation house Rilworth, which they bought earlier this year for $16 million in time for Christmas. Halvorsen family selling up

The Wahoonga residence Skaugum, built by the boat-building mogul Harold Halvorsen in 1950, is for sale, ending 67 years of family ownership.

Named after the official residence of the Crown Prince of Norway – and having played host to Norway’s now King Harald in 1974 – the property features timber floors, architraves, skirting and staircase bannisters that were built in the Halvorsen boatsheds. Skaugum in Wahroonga goes to auction on December 7. Photo: Supplied

Following Harold Halvorsen’s death in 2000, at the age of 90, the property was inherited by son Harvey Halvorsen and his wife Nancy.

“Now we are moving to the United States, where we spend a lot of the year already,” Nancy Halvorsen says. “We feel it is time for another family to enjoy the estate and make new memories.”

Ray White Turramurra’sDavid Walker is asking $4.5 million ahead of the December 7 auction. The sale will mark the end of 67 years of family ownership. Photo: SuppliedEight figures for empty block

Accountant Anthony Calabro has sold his 1300 square metre patch of dirt in Vaucluse for $10.15 million.

The double block by Nielsen Park was bought by budding property developers and brothers-in-law Ben Krimotat and Elon Zizer amid talk they could build their own family compound on the site. Or something. Anthony Calabro has sold his Vaucluse block for $10.15 million. Photo: Supplied

Warren Ginsberg, of Ray White Double Bay, declined to reveal the exact price but records show the property last traded for $7 million in 2011 and late that year, just days before the family was scheduled to move in, the six-bedroom house burnt down. M&C Saatchi boss on the moveTom Dery is selling his Paddington terrace. Photo: Supplied

No sooner had M&C Saatchi’s Tom Dery stepped down from his role as worldwide chairman, remaining Australian chairman of the advertising giant, than he also listed his Paddington terrace.

The Victorian-era house, with separate guest cottage and a lap pool, last traded in 2009 for $3.8 million.

It returns to the market for $5 million with Jason Boon, of Richardson & Wrench Elizabeth Bay-Potts Point. Dery hopes to snag $5 million for the residence. Photo: Supplied

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