Ben Palmer and Josh Penn snap up Double Bay home for street record price of $6.7m
Modern family Ben Palmer, his partner Josh Penn and toddler son Brooklyn are celebrating Mardi Gras in fine style by snapping up a French-style home in Double Bay this week.
The Wentworth Courier spotted Penn’s dad, dentist David Penn, doing the bidding for the impressive freestanding home at 7 Carlotta Rd, up for auction through Ray White TRG’s Gavin Rubinstein and Cae Thomas at Damien Cooley’s Double Bay auction rooms on Tuesday night.
After the auction stalled, passing in on Penn’s bid of $6,525,000, and he and Rubinstein headed into a room to negotiate, it’s understood the TRG principal got the price up to $6.7 million — smashing the Carlotta Rd record price by $1.2 million. It was the third street record for the Ray White TRG team this month.
And the Ray White TRG team has achieved an impressive $70 million worth of sales since the office opened its doors last September.
It has been listed with other agents over the past few years but the best offer had been $6.2 million.
When asked to confirm the identity of the Carlotta Rd purchasers, Rubinstein refused to do so.
However, independent sources confirmed the pair, who own Double Bay’s interior design store Palmer and Penn, are set to move in with their young son and dog, Benji.
The Wentworth Courier remembers Penn from way back in 2010, when he paid $53 million — then the Sydney price record — for the waterfront mansion Villa Veneto in Wolseley Rd.
The four-bedroom, three-bathroom home with pool and double garage, owned by jeweller Annie Campbell, is a significant upgrade for the family.
They currently live in a top-floor apartment in a 1930s block in Wolseley Road, Point Piper.
The other street records were yesterday’s sale of the five-bedroom, four-bathroom home at 55 Hardy St, Dover Heights, designed by architect Michael Folk and owned by project manager Andrew Travers and his JuJu & Co sales manager wife, Steph.
Rubinstein and colleague Oliver Lavers refused to disclose the result, leaving it to other sources to indicate it was between $6 million and $6.5 million.
And the other street record was for the four-bedroom home owned by the former CBRE eastern China managing director, Leonard NG, at 64 Boronia Rd, Bellevue Hill, which sold on February 12 for more than $7 million. Rubinstein did that deal with his colleague, Cae Thomas.