Mamamia's Mia Freedman and Jason Lavigne buy Fintry, Bellevue Hill

Mamamia's Mia Freedman and Jason Lavigne buy Fintry, Bellevue Hill
Mamamia's Mia Freedman and Jason Lavigne buy Fintry, Bellevue Hill

There was only one thing missing in today's thorough 3500-word Good Weekend profile of Mia Freedman.

Her new family home.

Title Tattle gleans the inspirational founder of the mamamia, Mia Freedman and her husband, Jason Lavigne may have bought the six bedroom, Fintry in Bellevue Hill.

Fintry, the starkly white exterior home with Blainey North interiors sits on a 1,368 square metre block.

No official sale price has yet emerged, but Title Tattle gleans buyers were being told around $12.5 million was required to secure the trophy home.

It came up for sale in 2012 with $15 million hopes.

The couple have apparently even moved in recently, under licence, after signing what Title Tattle gleans was a put and call purchasing option.

It last traded at $10.2 million in late 2007 - pre-global financial crisis through estate agent Brad Pillinger - in a sale which was described as fully-priced.

There was apparently subsequently a $1 million renovation that saw the addition of a salt water infinity-edge pool that overlooks Lachlan Murdoch’s compound, along with extensive interior and exterior refurbishments while maintaining the original house footprint.

It was briefly available at $6750 a week last year by vendor, Somna Kumar who had bought the Victoria Road property (pictured below before renovation) from the McWilliam family.

Somna Kumar and her partner, Macquarie banker Joseph Jayaraj are now London-based.

101 Victoria Road, Bellevue Hill NSW 2023

Title Tattle has been around long enough to recall the McWilliam family had bought it from the Heinze family in 1995 for $2.06 million through Raine & Horne Double Bay agent Bill Hall.

It had been longtime home of the late conductor Sir Bernard Heinze, complete with miniature 12-seat theatre fitted out by his son Adrian with Capitol Theatre furnishings.

It had been bought in 1957 for 22,000 pounds by Sir Bernard and his wife, Lady (Valerie) Heinze following his move from Melbourne to succeed Sir Eugene Goossens at the NSW Conservatorium.

Sir Bernard Heinze, who died in 1982, was one of the great figures of Australian music, and his wife, Valerie, was the daughter of Sir David Hennessey, Lord Mayor of Melbourne, and Lady Hennessey.

Set among Sydney´s most prestigious hillside dress-circle residences, the 1930s Fintry comes with panoramic north-easterly harbour, district and ocean views.

It was marketed through Sotheby's International as having glamorous decor fusing the splendour of times gone by with the modern convenience.

It comes with grand entrance foyer, high ornate ceilings, parquetry floors, original fireplaces and wood-panelled walls.

Mia Freedman seemingly fell in love with the house at least six months ago given she posted pictures on pinterest well before word of the legalities started emerging. 

The entrepreneurial independent digital media couple have lived elsewhere in Bellevue Hill since paying $3,175,000 in 2004. It was briefly listed in 2008 with $4.4 million hopes before being withdrawn from sale. 

More than 650,000 people a month visit Mamamia, the Good Weekend's Jane Cadzow advised.

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