|Justin Hemmes' Vaucluse home for sale|
Source: The Daily Telegraph
The high-profile Hemmes hotelier clan has added another property to its portfolio with a $12.6 million purchase.
Either Bettina Hemmes, the low-profile interior designer daughter of the family, bought Kianga, a five-bedroom Federation house in Vaucluse at auction yesterday (20/11/2010); or entrepreneur Justin Hemmes finally bagged his own home yesterday, paying $12.6 million for the historic Vaucluse home in Sydney's eastern suburbs.
Typical bay window with arch and elaborate stained glass, all with matching design
Vaulted timber work is typical of the Federation style - possible made of red cedar, now the rarest of our timbers.
Note the elaborate architraves, original patterned ceiling, and the beautiful stained glass windows with matching decoration
Note the sewing or writing nook in the corner, another Federation feature.
Bullnose stained glass windows are uniquely typical of Federation design
The verandah is supported by sandstone columns, adding a 'bungalow' look to the house. Notice the exposed rafters which once would have been visible externally, before the roller shades were installed.
Hemmes, accompanied by his father John, made the winning bid for Kianga at 20B New South Head Rd yesterday.
It was sold by Rebel Sports and Barbecues Galore founder Sam Linz and his wife Barbara, who paid $6.2 million for the ornate property in 1989.
The Ivy hotel owner, wearing a T-shirt and jeans, was relaxed as he bid against only one other potential buyer, although there was speculation that he was buying on behalf of his sister, Bettina Hemmes. The auction stalled as the selling agents, who had listed the property at $15 million, pleaded unsuccessfully with Hemmes to up his bid.
The house, with ornate period details, has wrap-around balconies and sweeping harbour views. It was the 21-room Ormond Hall private hotel during the 1950s.
The purchase could trigger a shuffle within the Hemmes household. Justin Hemmes may soon take up residency in his parents John and Merivale's gothic-style Vaucluse beachfront estate The Hermitage. Pioneering fashion retailers John and Merivale may downsize to Bettina's now redundant Rose Bay beachfront house.
Kianga, which last sold in 1989 for $6.2 million, was listed for sale by the Bondi Beach-bound couple Sam and Barbara Linz, who bought it from the freight tycoon-turned-art collector Pat Corrigan. Since entrepreneur Sam Linz migrated to Australia from South Africa in 1981 he has backed successful businesses including Rebel Sport, Barbeques Galore and the Norgen-Vaaz ice-cream chain.
There were two bidders at the auction. The successful bidding was done by Justin, who was accompanied by his father.
Bettina and partner Dominic Angelucci turned up after the auction with their children and her mother, after whom the family empire is named.
The home was sold through Elliott Placks at Ray White, in conjunction with Bart Doff at Laing and Simmons.
The house, with ornate period details, has wraparound balconies and sweeping harbour views. It was the 21-room Ormond Hall private hotel during the 1950s.
It was the dearest of the 600-plus listings put to auction yesterday, according to Australian Property Monitors.