Mosman’s trophy-home owners are set to welcome Qantas boss Alan Joyce and his husband Shane Lloyd to the well-heeled neighbourhood after the couple bought a federation mansion on Mosman Bay for $19 million.
The 15-room residence is an impressive step up the property ladder from their eyrie in the Harry Seidler-designed Cove Apartments building at The Rocks, which the couple bought in 2008 for $4. 575 million.
Their new home is a 1908-built residence redesigned in 2015 by US architect Paul Moon into a three-level home with six bedrooms, formal and informal living areas, home cinema, wine cellar and a parterre garden that descends to a netted harbour pool, jetty and private berth.
As property watchers would know, the house was being shopped around late last year, but with no sale to show for it was relaunched more recently with a $19 million asking price with Ray White Lower North Shore’s David Gillan and Geoff Smith.
Settlement in recent days shows Joyce and Lloyd met the market, ending almost 30 years’ ownership by former foreign exchange dealer Alison Ethell and her sister Jane, who bought it in 1993 for $1. 25 million.
Like so many Mosmanites, Joyce and Lloyd already have their Palm Beach getaway, having purchased their summer holiday home in 2015 for $5. 25 million.
Mr Sydney FC’s exit from exile
Mr Sydney FC Scott Barlow and his wife Alina have, by their own account, been looking to buy a new trophy home since selling their former Point Piper designer digs last year for .
But according to widespread talk in the eastern suburbs, they are no longer looking, having bought a few doors away for about $44 million.
The couple have done nothing to quell the rumours. Alina says she won’t comment on anything to do with anything and the Sky Blues chairman is yet to respond to enquiries.
Such a purchase would rescue the couple from exile, also known as Mosman, where corporate records indicate they have been based for the past year in one of the suburb’s best homes, owned by Alina and her father, Russian banker David Traktovenko.
The house being pinned on the Barlows is the waterfront residence Akuna with the landmark Chinese-style pagoda boathouse that languished on the market for five years, until sold recently by big band performer Warren Daly and his writer wife Karen.
The Dalys have owned it since 1997, when it was sold for $7. 75 million by grocery tycoon John David.
Fashionista’s grand downsize
Fashion industry doyenne Sandra Moss has downsized from her recently sold $17 million Rose Bay home, paying $8. 7 million for a four-bedroom spread in Point Piper.
Moss is the former owner of Pretty Girl Fashion Group, which James Packer’s investment company Consolidated Press Holdings bought into 20 years ago, until the group was sold to Noni B in 2016.
The four-bedroom spread last traded new in 1987 for $2. 75 million when bought by Japan’s Inoue family.