Landmark Mona Farm up for grabs
Braidwood's Mona Farm, which dates back to the 1830s and was built for surgeon and explorer Thomas Braidwood-Wilson, is up for grabs given Rose Deo's plans to move to the Southern Highlands.
The 50-hectare property features a landmark Palladian-style bridge over a lake (with a resident platypus) and landscaped gardens that won a Belle Magazine award in 2003, and a 1903 coach house and stables that have been converted to luxury accommodation.
There's been a major restoration of the main residence and grounds since Deo bought it in 2014 for $3 million, including the addition of an Olympic-sized equestrian arena.
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It returns to the market with a $5 million guide through Knight Frank's Deborah Cullen following Deo's purchase of Rosehill Farm in Kangaloon for $4.8 million last year from fund manager Will Liley and his wife Janice.
Time for some last-minute shopping?
If you're thinking of selling and haven't listed this week, you're waiting until 2018 given there's only four weeks until Santa arrives.
Making a last-minute bolt before the festive circuit-breaker is ex-HSBC chief executive John Dickinson with his waterfront residence in Northbridge for about $15 million.
The three-level home - built after Dickinson bought the 2064 square metre property in 1993 for $1 million - includes prestige must-haves such as a billiards room, lift, two kitchens, workshop, cellar, sauna, tennis court, pool and private mooring.
Torrens sets sail for $5m-plus
The same team from Christie's is also rolling out the Bayview home of Georgie Torrens, of Grant Torrens International Marine fame, with a price guide of $5.3 million to $5.55 million.
Torrens, who founded SME Agency, bought the contemporary Araluen Place residence with a pool and teppanyaki barbecue new in 2013 for $3.75 million.
Modernist appeal in Bellevue Hill
Brian White isn't just the chairman of the family-owned real estate giant that bears his name - he and wife Rosemary are also fans of modernist architecture, judging by their recent buy in Bellevue Hill.
The couple's purchase for more than $7.3 million is none other than the home of car-dealership heir Scott Sutton, and is expected to be an investment for White, who calls the Point Piper waterfront Redvers home.
And the agent who sold it to him? That would be Raine & Horne Double Bay's Denise Cameron, who was asking $7.5 million when it was listed in August.
Sutton, who bought the 1960-built house in 2015 for $5.3 million and then renovated it, has joined White on Point Piper's Wolseley Road, bunking down at his $4.2 million apartment bought in 2010.
Entrepreneur trades up
It was only a matter of time before David Vitek scored a spot in Title Deeds.
The entrepreneur co-founder and chief of online tradie marketplace hipages has grown the start-up into an almost $200 million business, and followed suit by upgrading from the Clovelly house he and his wife Angela David bought a decade ago for $1.6 million.
And what a glamorous trade up it is. Records show the couple paid $5.43 million this month for the architect David Smyth-designed residence on Clovelly's Keith Street that was recently sold by Alexander Phillips, of Phillips Pantzer Donnelley.
Don't expect to see the Vitek's former home hit the market soon. It's been leased out for $2000 a week.
Abbotsford record for mansion sale
The leaders of the Celebrate Freedom ministry paid $3.4 million for it in 2003 and completed the four-level residence in 2010.
Palm Beach's Northview lists
The two-storey residence was built in 1928 by the Wiltshire family, known locally for donating the strip of reserve that runs alongside Gretel Packer's Palm Beach weekender for public use.
The 1300 square metre site was originally chosen because of its views to Pittwater and the Pacific.