‘Bondi pumping’: Techstars exec William Robinson; Sam Reid of Willie Smith Ciders selling up


3/34 Curlewis St, Bondi Beach, has a guide of $2.9 million ahead of the March 7 auction.

The Bondi Beach market is one of the hottest markets in Sydney this year and everyone from tech company execs through to the co-founder of a popular apple cider firm are cashing in.

“Bondi is pumping,” says Angus Gorrie of McGrath, whose listing of the Bondi Beach townhouse of Techstars vice president for Asia Pacific, William Robinson will be an interesting test.

Robinson, who is moving to Singapore with the tech company, bought the three-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment with double garage at 3/3 Curlewis St, Bondi Beach when it was brand new for $3.03 million in 2018.

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The outdoor entertainment area at 3/34 Curlewis St, Bondi Beach, will be popular.

The apartment was purchased brand new in 2018.

Gorrie, who shares the listing with Peter Leipnik of BadgerFox, is quoting a guide of $2.9 million ahead of a March 7 auction.

“It’s a stunning … a beautiful property,” Gorrie says.

“It’s a three-level house-like townhouse that’s very low maintenance.

“There’s double parking, that Bondi Beach address that everyone wants and it’s a level walk to the beach.”

Robinson’s father, Andrew Robinson, was appointed to the McGrath Board in February 2018 and is Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. And Leipnik went to school with his son.

The dining area opens to the terrace.

And the terrace is a tropical oasis.

Gorrie’s sale of a tiny apartment in Bondi Beach’s Sandridge Street for $1.28 million — $400,000 over reserve — on the Australia Day weekend set the trend for the year.

He had 22 registered bidders line up for the 56 sqm fourth-floor 1960s-era unit at 21/24 Sandridge St, with 10 competing.

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Meanwhile, Sam Reid, the co-founder of Willie Smith Ciders, and wife Anna Reid, the former chief marketing officer of the Sydney Opera House and now Go to Market leader at EY, have listed with Raine and Horne’s Panebianco and principal Ric Serrao.

42 Dudley St, Bondi features blackbutt floors.

The deck and Vergola is another highlight.

The Reids spent more than $1.4 million doing a complete renovation of the four-bedroom, three-bathroom home with off-street parking at 42 Dudley St, Bondi a few years ago.

“They’ve done an amazing job on it,” Panebianco said.

It features open-plan living and dining areas with blackbutt floors a sunny entertainment deck with electronic Vergola.

The master has a stylish ensuite and opens to a balcony with ocean views.

He’s quoting a guide of $4 million to $4.4 million ahead of the March 21 auction.

The Reids spent more than $1.4 million on the renovation …

And the quality is very apparent.

The Reids, who now want a bigger home on the eastern beaches due to their growing young family, had bought the home, in its unrenovated state, on the 215 sqm block for $1.4 million in 2009.

“The market is a lot stronger than anyone expected,” Panebianco said.

Highlighting that strength was the $2,601,000 sale of an unrenovated three-bedroom semi on a 221 sqm block on busy Blair St, North Bondi, on Monday night.

Jason Taylor of Richardson and Wrench had been quoting $2 million. The semi didn’t even have off-street parking.

Film director Kate Woods’s apartment at 3/32 Lamrock Ave, Bondi Beach, has recently been transformed.

The Lamrock Ave apartment comes with a highly prized garage.

Panebianco, too, has had a string of decent sales in the neighbourhood, including one in Tasman St Bondi for $2.2 million; one in O’Donnell St North Bondi for $2.5 million and another Chambers Ave, Bondi Beach for more than $3 million.

And the Bondi Beach apartment owned by film director Kate Woods, famous for Looking for Alibrandi and more recently the Netflix original Messiah, Bones, House and Suits, goes to auction this Saturday.

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The two-bedroom apartment in an Art Deco block of six at 3/32 Lamrock Ave, which has a prized garage and is 150m from the beach, has recently been transformed in a no-expense-spared renovation.

Panebianco of Raine and Horne Double Bay has a $1.45 million to $1.55 million price guide.



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