Sunrise co-host Sam Armytage has listed her North Bondi home for sale, just days after the announcement of her engagement to partner Richard Lavender.
The couple broke the news on Sunday on Armytage’s Instagram account with her proudly showing of a glistening diamond ring.
With her dropping back to a four-day week on the popular Seven Network breakfast program where Armytage stars with David Koch, it’s understood she’ll be spending more time at the country property of her fiance — a successful equestrian businessman — a two-hour drive from Sydney.
But the word is she’s after a smaller city pad.
So the three-bedroom, two-bathroom freestanding double-storey beach house has hit the market with a $2.8 million price guide via Phillips Pantzer Donnelley gun Alexander Phillips.
CoreLogic records show she paid $2.15 million in 2014.
Both Lavender, 60, and Armytage, 43, have homes in the Southern Highlands — his is a 40-hectare property in Bowral. Armytage paid $2.2 million in 2017 for her sprawling five-bedroom country estate with wraparound verandas on two hectares.
That all makes her large North Bondi home redundant. Described as offering “laid back luxury” and a “tropical garden retreat with a breezy beach house feel”, the property has hit realestate.com.au as a “forthcoming auction”.
It’s set high to capture the sea breeze and is full of sun.
And there are views to the ocean from the upper level.
Along with an alfresco living area, the home also has a level landscaped garden with a sandstone wall backdrop.
A whole-floor living and entertainment space features a family-sized kitchen and a home office looks out to the gardens.
At the cul-de-sac end of the street, there’s pathway access down to the beach, internal access to a lockup garage and a huge storeroom for bikes and boards.
There are lots of reasons for Armytage to feel confident ahead of auction day, with the eastern beaches market as strong as ever for quality properties. It follows an apartment in Edward St, Bondi Beach selling for $475k over reserve on Tuesday night.
And in other encouraging news, a ground-floor two-bedroom apartment at the back of an Art Deco block at 2/236 Campbell Pde, Bondi Beach, sold for $1,035,000 through William Tsagaris of BradfieldCleary, also on Tuesday.
The result was considerably higher than the $902,000 the vendor had paid for it in September 2017. And he’d done nothing to it.
Tsagaris’s result has set a new record for the block — the previous record had been $950,000 for a two-bedder on the next floor up, which was better renovated and at the front of the block in May 2018.
Tsagaris had two buyers fighting over it. The successful purchaser, a professional from Griffith, had wanted a city pad and it had to be an Art Deco flat on Campbell Pde.
And then on Wednesday night, a three-bedroom apartment on the top floor of an Art Deco block at 3/11 Francis St, Bondi Beach, sold for $1.73 million. That’s $130,000 more than it last traded for in March, 2018.
Hamish McMaster of Ray White Unlimited had three registered bidders — all who competed — attracted by the panoramic views of the beach and northerly light. “There’s a shortage of stock, demand is still high because a lot of people still have jobs and money is cheap,” McMaster said, explaining the strong result.
Both of these Bondi Beach apartments had just the one bathroom. And neither had off-street parking.
n another sign of confidence in the eastern beaches market, the former Rubicon director, Matthew Cooper, has listed his five-bedroom Madeleine Blanchfield-designed home at 28 Kenneth St, Tamarama with a guide in excess of $15 million via Brad Pillinger of Pillinger.