Gav and Waz renting after sale to Fleming family

Gav and Waz renting after sale to Fleming family
Gav and Waz renting after sale to Fleming family

The Fleming grocery family matriarch, Lois Fleming has emerged as the $2.75 million buyer of the snappily sold Rockwall Gardens, Potts Point apartment sold by the professional renovators, Warren Sonin and and Gavin Atkins.

The renovation duo known as Gav and Waz after their 2003 Block Bondi renovation debut had paid $2.25 million for the garden apartment with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a car space. There were still trademark Deece Giles interiors since the boys bought from the renown Sydney architect for $2.25 million early last year.

Now surrounded by greenery, the total floor space, inside and out, is 180 square metres. It comes with outdoor fireplace by Rolling Stone Landscapes, gold medal winners at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show.

Fleming recently sold her Darling Point apartment for $8.5 million through Raine & Horne agents Max Spartalis and Aaron Fleming, her grandson.

She was married to Jim "The Grocer" Fleming from 1955 to 1982 with the racing industry couple having three sons, Lee, Dean and Paul. 

As a model Lois Wherrett was best known for her quintessential 1954 Max Dupain photograph with Hugin sewing machine in a Sydney street.

Her Ken Woolley-designed The Point Villas apartment was bought new in 2002 for $5,375,000 from developers Bill Shipton and Mark Bouris. 

Gav and Waz were the underbidders this week when the Point Piper-bound Sotheby’s Australia chairman Geoffrey Smith and his partner Gary Singer auctioned their Ashleigh, Elizabeth Bay apartment, pictured above.

The three bedroom 118 internal sqm apartment, bought for $1.75 million in 2009, fetched $2.2 million through Harriet France at Sydney Sotheby’s.

I'd suggest their artwork - two very good Sidney Nolans, including one from the Burke and Wills series, along with the Albert Tuckers, and the Akia Makagawa and Robert Klippel sculptures - could fetch as much again were they to be sold, but they are staying and upsizing in Sydney.

This article was first published in the Saturday Daily Telegraph.

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor is one of Australia's most respected property journalists, having been at the top of the game since the early 1980s. Jonathan co-founded the property industry website Property Observer and has written for national and international publications.

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