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Corporate high-flyer Jillian Broadbent snaps up South Coast getaway


The designer digs, with distinctive curved roof, set behind Gretel Packer’s getaway on Florida Road, last traded in 2007 for $7 million.

Lou’s property replay

Property developer and former Penrith Panthers player Lou Zivanovic has undertaken a hectic re-arrangement of his high-end property interests this year, much to his benefit thanks to booming regional values.

The Hunter Valley retreat of Lou Zivanovic has returned to the market after just 18 months of ownership.

The Hunter Valley retreat of Lou Zivanovic has returned to the market after just 18 months of ownership.Credit:

Following his rethink on the Woolwich waterfront, in which he exchanged on $11 million digs but never settled, and his recent $11 million purchase in Dural, Zivanovic has relisted his Hunter Valley weekend retreat just 18 months after he bought it.

Holly Brisley and Paul Ford have set a December 18 auction for their Balgowlah Heights home.

Holly Brisley and Paul Ford have set a December 18 auction for their Balgowlah Heights home.Credit:Belinda Rolland

The 40-hectare property with an ultra-contemporary, off-the-grid residence built three years ago by architect Helen Stronach, was bought by Zivanovic for $4.825 million in June last year.

This time it is yours for $6.5 million to $7 million, through Christie’s Darren Curtis and PRD Hunter Valley’s James Hannah.

Home away for a record high

Former actor Holly Brisley was recently contemplating a major renovation of her Balgowlah Heights home of the past nine years, but given how values have soared among her fellow Forty Baskets Beach neighbours has instead opted to cash it in on the market.

Brisley and her corporate adviser husband Paul Ford bought their four-bedroom house with a rooftop terrace in 2012 for $3.8 million amid a prestige housing slump. “We knew we were buying well at the time because it was the post-GFC [global financial crisis] market, and I don’t think you can ever go wrong in Sydney owning on the harbour.”

Two years later near neighbour, former Caltex chief Julian Segal, set a suburb high of $8.5 million in 2014, and that was topped again two doors away in 2017 at $11.8 million.

Clarke & Humel’s directors Michael Clarke and Cherie Humel hope to set a new high at the December 18 auction, given a guide of $12.5 million to $13.75 million.

Sprinter’s home run

Former Olympic sprinter Dean Capobianco and his wife Julie have traded up closer to the beach in Bronte for $6.6 million.

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The three-bedroom semi on a good-sized 440 square metres, sold on the quiet by McGrath’s Chris Volpatti, is expected to be a major renovation job for the couple, much as they did on their former Clovelly home.

Capobianco, chief of geospatial data company Geoscape Australia, recently sold his Californian bungalow on busy Clovelly Road ahead of auction for $5.425 million, well above their $4.5 million guide.

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