Ballerina Darcey Bussell sells as Vaucluse prestige market takes flight

Ballerina Darcey Bussell sells as Vaucluse prestige market takes flight
Ballerina Darcey Bussell sells as Vaucluse prestige market takes flight

World-renowned classical ballerina Darcey Bussell and her fund manager husband Angus Forbes have snappily sold their Vaucluse home pre-auction.

Title Tattle gleans as much as $4.9 million was accepted.

The Federation Arts and Crafts property was bought in 2005 for $4.15 million, 18 months before Darcey retired as principal ballerina with the Royal Ballet.

The five bedroom, three bathroom home was scheduled for 30 August auction with cautious $4 million-plus expectations through McGrath agent Ben Collier, who acknowledged that the views of the harbour from the house had been diminished since its purchase.

It was Guy Strapp, then BT's investment chief, and wife, Pru, who sold have sold in 2005 for $4.15 million having bought it in 2003 from internet entrepreneur Mark Cramer-Roberts for $4 million.

It now only has harbour views from upstairs.

Another Vaucluse house at 47 New South Head Road sold at $7.5 million which was $500,000 over the reserve at Cooley auction.

An overseas-based buyer secured the Tuscan-style, five-bedroom, five-bathroom home sold by James McCowan of Sotheby's International by Monique and Boris Ulis, director of Pacific Union.

However the property had been listed back in mid-2008 with $7 million hopes, suggesting it was a long time waiting the current sales spurt.

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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