20 Jan 2024 | 3 mins

No house, no worries: Razed home looks to smash Mosman’s record - Sydney Morning Herald

No house, no worries: Razed home looks to smash Mosman’s record - Sydney Morning Herald

One of Mosman’s most expensive properties, the Beauty Point waterfront estate owned by developer Bryan Rose, is quietly for sale complete with boat shed, slipway and tidal beach, but no house.

Fortunately for Rose, it isn’t bricks and mortar that is expected to lure high-end buyers to the property, but the fact it commands almost 5500 square metres, making it the largest privately held waterfront parcel in Mosman.

The Beauty Point site comes with council approval for a Giles Tribe Architects-designed house.

The property was for 35 years owned by the late car dealer Laurie Sutton until he sold it in 2012 for $20 million to Ying Li, from China, who in turn sold it to Rose in 2017 for $22.45 million.

Rose, who heads up development giant Rose Property Group that was founded by his rich-lister parents Bob and Margaret Rose, lived in the house with his family until it was demolished more recently, and development approval granted for a Giles Tribe Architects-designed house set across four levels to go with a tennis court and swimming pool.


Bryan Rose heads up the family founded development company Rose Group. CREDIT: ROSE GROUP

Work has stopped on the excavated site and Rose has opted to instead sell it after he says he was approached by a few unsolicited offers and given a looming empty nest scenario.


The Rose family property is set on the largest privately held waterfront parcel in Mosman.

Forbes Global Properties’ Ken Jacobs, who has it listed off-market in preparation of an official launch early next year, is yet to set a guide, but local industry sources say given trophy home values have doubled in many parts of Sydney in the past decade buyers should expect to spend close to $40 million.

Incidentally, Mosman’s record was reset at $33 million last year thanks to Florian Struengmann, son of German healthcare billionaire Andreas Struengmann.

For those with a penchant for expensive holes in prime locations, the Tamarama home project in waiting owned by Justin Topper, of the AI Topper leather goods family, is for sale for more than $30 million.

The 575 square metre block was originally planned as a luxury home project by Built chairman Marco Rossi and his partner Stephanie Stokes after they purchased it in 2008 for a then suburb high of $11 million.

But despite demolishing the house and commissioning designer digs by US architect Wallace Cunningham they opted out of the job and instead put it to the market for someone else to do.

Listed in 2016 for $15 million it didn’t sell until mid-2021 when Topper purchased it on a nine-month settlement for $13.25 million.

Inflation gone mad

Inflationary pressures are getting pretty bad in Bellevue Hill as house shoppers compete to pay over and above all reasonable prices. The latest local home owner to cash in on the collective madness is Jennifer Hershon, widow of former Berlei Hestia boss Michael Hershon.


The seven-bedroom, seven-bathroom residence was home to Sir Edward Ritchie Knox until he died in 1973.

Just 24 hours after it was listed for sale with a $30 million guide by Ray White Double Bay’s Adam Reichman it has sold for an undisclosed price, presumably for close to that amount.

The Victoria Road house was throughout the 1960s home to CSR boss Sir Edward Ritchie Knox until he died in 1973, and last traded in 2002 for $7.15 million when sold by former Watch Gallery director Tony Koo.

Also doing well from the local boom this week is Kim Seder, wife of Squareknot founder Mike Seder.


The Bellevue Hill home of Kim and Mike Seder sold off-market for $26.5 million, making a capital gain of more than $5.5 million each year they owned it.

Two years after the Seders purchased their Bellevue Hill home for $15 million from horse racing identity Nick Vass they have sold it on the quiet for $26.5 million. That’s a capital gain of more than $5.5 million each year they owned it.

Admittedly, there were some cosmetic updates, but there’s more work to be done judging by the development application approved by council last week for $3.8 million worth of “alterations and additions” by PopovBass.

The sale is part of $60 million worth of sales for Laing+Simmons Double Bay’s D’Leanne Lewis, who when not filming real estate reality TV show Luxe Listingshas also sold the Seders their new home.

Lewis declined to be drawn on details, but the well-informed local talk reveals the Seders are staying in Bellevue Hill, having purchased a newly built house on the other side of the hill for about $23 million.

1788’s best buyers

Olympic gold medallist-turned-recruitment boss Mark Kerry and his wife, interior designer Lynda Kerry, have found new digs to replace the almost $30 million house they sold in Darling Point to Lucinda and Hamish McLennan.

The Kerrys are heading to Double Bay, where sources say McGrath’s Craig Pontey and Alison Coopes, of her eponymous agency, have sold them a penthouse in the SJD developed 1788 building for more than $15 million.

Meanwhile, McLennan has had an eventful second half of the year, the least of which is the move east and $17 million sale of the family’s Lavender Bay home. Earlier this week he was ousted as Rugby Australia chairman following Australia’s disastrous World Cup campaign.


Former Olympic swimmer Mark Kerry and his wife Lynda pictured in 1984. CREDIT: ANTONY MATHEUS LINSEN

Hopefully, the chairman of listings company REA can finish the year by selling his Berry hobby farm, Cedarvale, given its asking price has dropped from $7.2 million to $5.9 million.

Going for a Song


The 1881-built Macquarie Lighthouse Keepers Cottage is for sale with a guide of $11.5 million to $12 million.

Wealthy Chinese scion Jeremy Jianmin Song has returned the historic Macquarie Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage in Vaucluse to the market, this time with $11.5 million to $12 million hopes.

Song, chairman of Chinese-owned conglomerate Nanshan Group, which owns a 20 per cent stake in Virgin Australia, had listed it in 2019 with $8.5 million guide but without luck.

Song, whose father Song Zuowen is worth an estimated US$2.9 billion according to Forbes, has listed the 1881-built cottage with McGrath’s Robert Alfeldi.


Jeremy Jianmin Song is the chairman of Nanshan Group.CREDIT: FAIRFAX MEDIA

Holiday at home

The Watsons Bay home of Dr Philippa McCaffery, founder of Clear Skincare Clinics, and Philip Damp is for sale with a $30 million guide through Sotheby’s Michael Pallier.


The Watsons Bay home of medico entrepreneur Philippa McCaffery is for sale for $30 million.

McCaffery and Damp purchased the 468 square metre property in 2014 for $9.2 million, making them one of 10 home owners fronting Camp Cove Beach alongside the likes of Stephen Lowy, developer Vaughan Blank, developer Allen Linz and filmmaker George Miller.

The house dates back to 1890 and claimed absolute beach frontage until the public promenade was built in the 1950s. It last traded for $9.2 million in 2014, but has been redesigned since.