Architect Camilla Block knocked back an offer of $2.55 million on her Bondi semi on Thursday night. It’s sold at auction for $400,000 more than that at auction today.
McGrath Coogee principal Mark McPherson and his colleague Emilee Tayyara were stunned at the $2.95 million sale price for the residence Ms Block redesigned eight years ago at 8 Ewell St.
“The vendor was seriously considering accepting the offer on Thursday night, but fortunately she accepted my recommendation to let it run to auction,” Mr McPherson said.
With auctioneer James Hayashi presiding, all four who registered competed.
Bidding had started at $2.3 million.
The next one was $2.5 million.
And then three parties fought it out to the end, all young families.
Although the property had four bedrooms and three bathrooms, this is big money for a home with no off-street parking.
But as you would expect from an architect’s own home, the design is pretty special — a clever combination of unique architectural features with period detail.
The living area features a slow combustion fireplace and adjacent dining area.
Glass stacker doors open to a covered timber entertainment deck and there’s a landscaped back yard that’s full of sun since it faces north.
There’s a funky gas kitchen with a Smeg oven and dishwasher.
And three of the four bathrooms have built-in wardrobes.
The master suite on the first floor has a library area between the bedroom and the ensuite.
And the self-contained studio at the rear of the property would make an excellent guest quarters.
CoreLogic indicates Ms Block bought the 266 sqm property for $655,000 in 2000 and a DA was approved for additions and alterations worth $70,000 in 2006.
Mr McPherson was tight-lipped about Ms Block’s next move, though it’s known that Mr McPherson has just sold a larger home in Cross St, Bronte, for just under $5 million and sources say Ms Block was the buyer.