Renovation queen Cherie Barber takes ownership of comedian Merrick Watts’ epic warehouse

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Reno guru Cherie Barber has formally taken ownership of an inner west warehouse sold by Merrick Watts.

Renovation guru Cherie Barber has finally moved into an insane converted warehouse in the inner west following an eight-month settlement period.

The Lilyfield home with a 500-bottle cellar, rooftop pool, 5m high library wall, and a suspended fireplace was owned by comedian and radio presenter Merrick Watts and his wife Georgie.

Updated property records reveal Ms Barber paid $6.2m for the warehouse after formally taking ownership on October 15.

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There is a 5m high library wall and a rotating fireplace.





The sale has annihilated the now former $4.415m Lilyfield suburb record set in 2017 by a margin of $1.785m, according to CoreLogic. It is also $4.2m more than the next highest sale on the street, and is one of the highest sales in the inner west this year.

It was a rather lengthy settlement period, with the property selling a week out from its auction at the start of February.

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Merrick Watts purchased the Oh Boy Candy Company warehouse in 2009. Picture: John Feder/The Australian.

The purchase of the former Oh Boy Candy Company warehouse, follows the sale of Ms Barber’s Birchgrove waterfront home in May 2019 for $6.3m to Julian Parisi, of the Parisi greengrocer family.

Mr Watts purchased the warehouse in 2009 for $2.1m and commissioned architect Virginia Kerridge to transform it into a sustainable five-bedroom family home.

The finished product has won multiple awards and placed 30th in The Daily Telegraph’s top 50 homes in NSW earlier this month.

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The second floor features an integrated indoor/outdoor terrace and a pool.

Cherie Barber first emerged as the buyer in February. Photo: Supplied.

Combining minimalist touches with original features, it also has a 500-bottle cellar, rooftop pool, a suspended fireplace and retractable walls and roof.

Sustainable features include solar power, an edible garden and recycled materials such as 400-year-old ship masts.

The three-storey home has the bedrooms on the ground floor and entertaining on the first floor.

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The dining room is surrounded by glass.

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Bedrooms use plywood instead of plaster.

There is also a master retreat on the second floor that has district views, a balcony and ensuite.

Ms Barber is the founder of Renovating for Profit and could add her own touches to the warehouse, much like she did for her last two properties in Birchgrove that sold for $6.3 million in 2019 and $4.05 million in 2014. She had also been a regular on Network 10’s The Living Room.

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