Walking into the extraordinary Bellevue Hill home of lawyer Gil Baron and wife Jackie on a sunny Saturday recently it struck me as an incredibly happy house.
It might be inspired by Palm Springs, but it also offers the very best of Sydney — glorious northerly harbour views from the minute you wake up in the master bedroom; to your morning shower in the marble ensuite; the kitchen sink and breakfast through to dinner in the upper-level dining room.
As Ray White TRG principal Gavin Rubinstein says: “You just don’t get a house with a 25-metre pool, six-car garage and harbour view in blue-chip Bellevue Hill very often.”
Rubinstein has a $10m-$11m guide for the four-bedroom, five-bathroom home with the huge garage at 21 Carrington Avenue and has not surprisingly already received offers in the expressions of interest campaign.
It’s worth every bit of that, if not more. Designed by multi-award winning outfit MCK architects, the home offers internal access from the garage and a lift to all three levels.
There are soaring ceilings, polished heated concrete floors and first-class finishes.
The vast layout features a series of living and entertainment zones.
The Poliform chef’s kitchen has top-of-the-range Miele appliances.
And I can imagine spending many happy hours in the 25-metre swimming pool, a separate self-contained cabana, and the various alfresco entertainment zones that include an integrated barbecue. A separate children’s wing incorporates three bedrooms, one with an ensuite.
Baron, director of commercial law firm Baron + Associates, is also a highly successful property developer, who, along with Allen Linz and Eduard Litver, is behind the The Bondi and Pacific Bondi Beach apartment developments.
The trio bought the Bates Milk Bar — Bondi’s most prominent retail site — for $19.2m in 2017.
Next, they’re building three new homes on 2549 sqm that includes the historic 1920s Sundorne trophy home at 23 Victoria Road.
I remember Litver, Linz and Baron purchasing it from the Cranbrook school for more than $18m in 2017.
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