TV exec Anita Jacoby’s never-ending waterfront story

Anita Jacoby and her husband are not moving far from their long-held Avalon Beach home. Photo: Supplied Anita Jacoby’s Avalon Beach home.

Anita Jacoby’s Avalon Beach home.

Anita Jacoby. Photo: Tony Barson / Getty Images老域名出售

Theo Onisforou.

Dennis Rabinowitz’s property in Darling Point. Photo: Gorta Yuuki

Automotive boss Matt Duncan and his wife Julia have sold their Edgecliff Road home. Photo: Craig L Bryant

John Lamble’s weekender at Palm Beach. Photo: Supplied

Costa Anastasiadis’ Drummoyne house goes to auction on Saturday. Photo: Supplied

Dave Hoddle’s Rose Bay house. Photo: Supplied

Media executive Anita Jacoby only recently surprised industry insiders when she resigned as managing director at ITV Studios and now she’s upset the home-work-life balance again by listing her long-held beachfront home in Avalon Beach.

After 31 years on the waterfront at Pittwater, you might think that’s enough of the good life, but no. A caveat on the title of the Watkins family’s modernist residence down the road reveals the $5.7 million buyers were Jacoby and her husband, accountant John Cary.

Purchase done, the former TV producer, who oversaw production of shows I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here and The Chase, has enlisted David Watson, of LJ Hooker Avalon, to sell their long-held home. Expect to pay between $3.85 million and $4.23 million at the March 16 auction.

Jacoby purchased the beachfront property in 1985 for $206,000 and commissioned architect Peter Tout to design the four-bedroom home a decade later, and more recently added a charming refurbishment to the boathouse. Penthouse roulette

Prominent businessman and cattle farmer Theo Onisforou and his family are selling their whole-floor penthouse atop Angus House in East Sydney for $5 million. The 1930s build was one of the redevelopments undertaken circa 1999 by casino mogul James Packer and Onisforou’s development company Dorigad.

The four-bedroom spread with formal and informal living areas and a rooftop terrace made a brief market appearance in 2009 when Onisforou completed renovations on the Elizabeth Bay waterfront he bought for $23.5 million in 2007, but is now up for more serious consideration by the Onisforou clan at a March 21 auction through Shannan Whitney, of BresicWhitney. By design

Architect Dennis Rabinowitz and his wife Joan were quoted in Stephen Crafti’s book, Architects’ Houses, last year saying they were drawn to the harbour views of their Darling Point home when they bought it in 2010, but not the architecture.

At the time that the 1890s-era residence was sold by leather merchant Carl Segal it was configured as a fairly austere block of five one-bedders. A complete redesign by Rabinowitz followed to create a stunning example of the busy architect’s work. Given that, it’s perhaps not surprising that it only took a week for word to get out that it has sold.

A little less than $11 million was handed over in the secret-squirrel deal, with Ray White Double Bay’s Elliott Placks and Ashley Bierman dobbed in for handling the negotiations. Meanwhile, expect to see the Rabinowitz couple pop again soon on the Rose Bay waterfront. Mansion moves on

Still on off-market sales, McGrath’s Ben Collier secured $9.5 million in an off-market deal for the Woollahra mansion of former Trivett chief executive Matt Duncan and his wife Julia, now based at Circular Quay’s Bennelong building.

Records show that Duncan has owned the grand Edgecliff Road property since 2010 when he bought it for $8.3 million, which was a discount on the $10.25 million it had traded for six months earlier when sold by Simon Tilley. The proud new home owners are Kaos Holdings’ executive director Tim Hordern and his wife Victoria, who sold their Bellevue Hill mansion a year ago for $7 million.

Meanwhile, Collier also sold the Darling Point property, Claremont, of investment banker Rowan Ross, AM, and his wife, film producer Annie Bleakley-Ross.

About $8.6 million is the estimated sale result, according to one well-placed wag, although Collier declined to confirm or deny that figure. By the way, Collier relisted the Rose Bay mansion of horse breeder Frank Tagg this week, although this time it is being sold mortgagee-in-possession by Westlawn Finance. Having last traded for $8 million in 2007 when sold by property developer Piers Dawson-Damer, it now has a guide of $7.5 million to $8 million. Green acres

Rose Property Group chairman Don Green and his wife Vanessa scored about $9.7 million for their Mosman home amid rumours they landed one of the few Chinese New Year sales. Records show the couple held firm to their asking price of about $10 million when it was listed about a year ago, as renovations neared completion on another property in Clifton Gardens that they bought in 2012 for $4.05 million.

Neither Geoff Smith, of LJ Hooker Mosman, nor Lulu Pallier, of Sotheby’s International, would disclose the sale price. The Stanley Avenue property was the long-time home of award-winning author Betty Harrower, until she sold it in 1999 for $1,775,000 to Sally McLennan, wife of investment banker Bruce McLennan. The McLennans were not there long, selling to the Greens a year later for $2 million. Want a weekender?

The Palm Beach weekender of former NRMA chief and insurance industry veteran John Lamble is up for grabs for $2.9 million. Lamble is only the second owner of the north-facing property, having bought it 36 years ago for $87,725 from medicos Douglas McKenzie, William Hock and the late Brian Hanley, fittingly set on what was once known as Pill Hill.

Now based at his $3 million pad he bought in the Bennelong building four years ago, Lamble has listed the 1970s-era house with LJ Hooker Palm Beach’s David Edwards. Upper crust

The Drummoyne home of Crust Pizza founder Costa Anastasiadis​ and his wife Lauren goes to auction on Saturday, given their plan to trade-up to the waterfront at Henley.

Anastasiadis, who grew Crust Pizza from one store in 2001 to about 120 stores 11 years later, sold the business in 2012 for $41 million. The following year he spent $3.7 million on a waterfront mansion across the Parramatta River, and has done renovations on the property since then.

Ray White Drummoyne’s Chris Wilkins and McGrath’s Aladdin Hassen are asking $2.5 million at what is expected to be a big turnout for the auction. The property last traded as a far less glamorous Californian bungalow in 2008 for $1.02 million and underwent a substantial renovation in 2010. Trading places

Bond options trader Dave Hoddle has moved to Chicago where he’s joined Ronin Capital, prompting he and his wife Kim to list their Rose Bay home with a guide of $6.5 million.

The couple have only owned the level 1000-square-metre Cecil Road property since 2014, when they bought it from Douglas Scientific director Denise Douglas for $5.7 million. That same year they traded over from their ultra-contemporary hilltop home in Dover Heights, which they sold for $6.5 million.  D’Leanne Lewis, of Laing+Simmons Double Bay, is taking it to auction on March 14.

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