08 Oct 2022 | 2 mins

Tamarama headland home of ‘Young Harry’ Griffiths to reshape coastal market - SMH

Tamarama headland home of ‘Young Harry’ Griffiths to reshape coastal market - SMH

Anyone who has ever ogled real estate as they walked the Bondi to Bronte oceanfront – in other words, most of us – may be unwittingly familiar with Lang Syne: an original 1920s bungalow on oceanfront reserve that for decades has withstood the overdevelopment surrounding Tamarama Beach.

What makes the family home a real estate marvel is it is set on three blocks totalling a level 1100 square metres, making it one of the largest privately held parcels on the eastern suburbs oceanfront. And for the first time in 63 years it is for sale, quietly listed with Forbes Global Properties’ Ken Jacobs.

If you have to ask the price, you can’t afford it, goes the adage, which roughly sums up the vague response to inquiries by Title Deeds.

Judging its value is made all the harder given there is nothing else like it. The best sales locally are either across the road from the beach or on sites of less than half the land size: think James Packer’s $29 million Bondi Beach bachelor pad and Tamarama’s high of $29.2 million.

The house was built in 1924 by “boot and shoe manufacturer” George Wolf, and last traded in 1959 for £9750 when bought by the late radio funnyman Harry Griffiths.


Radio and TV personality Harry Griffiths was elected president of the Australian Society of Comedians in 1993.

At the time Griffiths was famous for his part in the comedy sketch McCackie Mansionsalongside Roy “Mo” Rene. What started as a filler at the end of radio variety show, Calling the Stars, later became so popular it went on to be the most listened-to 12 minutes in the history of Australian radio and immortalised the words “Cop this, Young Harry” for a generation of listeners.

Griffiths died in 2014, aged 87, and his widow Dimity has listed the family home with a video for prospective buyers in which architect Bruce Stafford describes it as “one of the greatest sites in Sydney” with views “from South Head all the way to North Bronte”.