• $10.5 Million Finger Wharf penthouse for sale overlooking the water at Wolloomooloo.
  • Oatley home with boathouse where John O’Grady penned They’re a Weird Mob listed.
  • Idlemere in Lavender Bay, where Don Bradman rented in the 1930's, sold for $40M+.

Lucky buyers can snap up a famous property in the Sydney market right now. But only if you have a lazy five to 40 million Aussie dollars lying around to invest.

$10.5 Million Finger Wharf residence

A spectacular penthouse-style residence tucked away in quiet waterfront cove on the historic Finger Wharf at Woolloomooloo has been placed on the market priced at $10.5 million.

Built between 1910 and 1915, the 400 metre long Wolloomooloo wharf was the exit point for Australia’s wool exports. It is the last non-naval wharf in Woolloomooloo and the world’s largest timber-pile finger wharf as well as the longest jetty ever built on Sydney Harbour.

The wharf was redeveloped in the 1990’s into a 273-room three-star hotel at the southern end and 345 luxury apartments at the northern end, along with restaurants, retail stores and a 63-berth boating marina whilst large sections of the interior were left intact. The exterior facades were restored in Federation style.

The newly built residences attracted Sydney’s who’s who, including movie star Russell Crowe.

“This is the ultimate lifestyle residence offering blissful privacy in one of Sydney’s most desirable waterfront suburbs,” said Highland Property Double Bay’s Director David Malouf.

Nestled along the waterfront at 327/6E Cowper Wharf Roadway, this recently transformed residence in the vibrant wharf precinct offers the peak of luxury and comfort across a sprawling 300sqm floor plan, complemented by high-spec finishes that make it perfect as an entertainer.


The four-bedroom, two-bathroom design offers supreme luxury and space in Woolloomooloo’s cosmopolitan urban heart.

Underfloor heating is provided in the three deluxe bathrooms and guest powder room, with the master featuring a double shower, steam room, and jacuzzi.

French Oak Herringbone floors in the main living areas and European Sisal carpets in the bedrooms create warm and inviting interiors.

The large and open kitchen is fitted with top-of-the-range European appliances, a butler’s pantry, and vast storage.

Mr Malouf said, “The exclusivity of the location is complemented by the finest inclusions, from a home theatre to a private lift straight to the garage with its two-car accommodation. Nothing is left to chance with this design which is spacious enough to accommodate a family or provide the perfect private retreat for professionals.

“The location is among the most sought after in the suburb, just a short walk to the celebrated waterfront eateries, shops, and cafes of the inner east from Woolloomooloo to Potts Point.

“We are fielding more inquiries from international buyers, including expats, who know the local market well and are keen to get a foothold in a prime location” he said.

Author’s house set to break Oatley price record

Writers searching for inspiration (or bestseller luck) may look no more! The magnificent property at 68 Algernon Street in Oatley was owned by famed Australian author John O’Grady who penned his bestselling novel, They’re a Weird Mob as Nino Culotta in 1957 within the walls of the property’s waterfront boathouse, is for sale.

The property last sold in 1990 for less than $400,000, and is now expected to break the Oatley house record of $4.8 million.

This stunning waterfront property in tightly held Algernon Street Oatley, is located on 1,400 square metres of waterfront land.

According to the selling agent John Pucak, Principal of Raine & Horne Oatley, “Mr O’Grady lived in the property until he died in 1981.

“The buyer will be an upgrader with a growing family who is seeking a waterfront property in a tightly held location, but that is still close to Oatley railway station so the kids can easily get to school and university,” he said.

Apart from its literary history, the five-bedroom, the three-bathroom property is on one of Oatley’s most sought-after streets. According to Mr Pucak, the improvements since 1990 to the house give it a style associated more with an inner-city multi-level Federation terrace house.

“But this property offers so much more than a standard terrace for a potential buyer with its knockout views of the Georges River from Blakehurst to Como that is enjoyed from two large entertaining balconies. These views are the best in the St George area,” said Mr Pucak.

“The main house offers four generous-sized bedrooms, two bathrooms, a magnificent modern kitchen with modern appliances and fittings and multiple living areas.

“The main house also has a magnificent swimming pool with water features sheltered from the elements by a massive glass rotunda.”

The boathouse, where John O’Grady wrote another book in the Nino Culotta series Gone Fishin in 1962, was built in the 1880s and predated the main house.

“The boathouse offers a magnificent fireplace, as well as a self-contained bedroom, bathroom and a separate living room and kitchen and would work perfectly as a home office for an entrepreneur or senior executive,” Mr Pucak said.

Using the pen name of “Nino Culotta”, the name of the main character of the novel, Mr O’Grady in “They’re a Weird Mob” tells the fictionalised story of the struggles of an Italian migrant journalist arriving in Sydney and attempting to navigate his way through 1950s Australian society.

The famous 1966 film of the same name famously starred a who’s who of Australian movie royalty, such as Chips Rafferty, Ed Devereaux, John Meillon, Graham Kennedy, and Walter Chiari as Nino Culotta and is still available on Netflix. The book is still selling today, and Mr O’Grady had 15 novels published.

Historic Idlemere in Lavender Bay sold for $40M+

An historic house on the Lavender Bay waterfront, once rented by Don Bradman, looks to have sold, according to Domain, with talk among independent sources of a price well above $40 million.

The Idlemere sale is good news for trophy home owners north of the harbour, thanks to a potential recalibration of top-end values, and adds handsomely to the coffers of property veteran Greg Paramor, AO, and his wife Kerry, according to Domain.

Idlemere is the historic 1880s residence on the Lavender Bay waterfront that last traded in 2001 for $7.25 million. Local talk of the sale first surfaced last week, with suggestions of a price close to $44 million.

Idlemere’s status as one of the area’s best houses rests in large part on its front-row view of the Harbour Bridge, 30 metres of harbour frontage, a private beach, boat shed, jetty and self-contained boat house.

Built in about 1880 for the chairman of the Rowing Association Edwin Maximilian Dietrich, it was home to cricket great Don Bradman in the early 1930s when he rented the downstairs part of the house.

Plans to demolish the five-bedroom residence caused an uproar in the mid-1980s, prompting then local mayor, the late Ted Mack to refuse a DA to build apartments on the site, followed by environment minister Bob Carr, who stepped in with preservation orders.

That sale not only sets a high for the lower north shore, but is the highest of its kind outside the eastern suburbs, topping the almost $40 million tipped to have exchanged over summer at Palm Beach for the weekender of Uncle Toby’s founder Doug Shears to former garbo Ian Malouf, according to Domain.

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