Deborah Hutton buys in Bronte

Deborah Hutton buys in Bronte
Deborah Hutton buys in Bronte

Tamarama's loss is Bronte's gain as Deborah Hutton, the ever glamorous former magazine veteran turned media entreprenuer, swaps eastern suburbs coastal homes.

Her hillside Bronte purchase was snapped up ahead of next weekend's scheduled auction having been listed with $3.5 million plus hopes through McGrath agent Bethwyn Richards.

It was August when her cul-de-sac Tamarama home fetched more than $4 million pre-auction through Phillips Pantzer Donnelly agent Debbie Donnelly.

Her contemporary Wonderland Avenue home - where she will spend one more summer - had cost $3,375,000 in 2006.

Hutton wants better video production space for her burgeoning Balance business enterprise.

Her recent four bedroom acquistion has views from Ben Buckler to Maroubra from its 322 square metre block which comes with garden.

There's an ongoing tug of war between Bronte and Tamarama in securing its many celebrity buyers, with the most recent being actor Simon Baker, who after looking widely, bought a hillside Bronte property for $6.5 million. 

There have been 21 sales at Bronte over $3.5 million so far this year compared to six at Tama.

The international celebrity chef Bill Granger and his wife Natalie Elliott bought back at Tamarama paying $4.8 million after selling their hillside 1920s Bronte Californian bungalow for $3.4 million.

Granger's recent four bedroom purchase is opposite Mackenzies Beach overlooking the coastal walk sold through Pauline Goodyer at Goodyer Real Estate who marketed it as offering "the quintessential beach-side lifestyle."

It will be for family holidays back home.

Bronte's so called Wave House, the Walter Barda designed beach house completed in early 2014, stands as the year's highest sale fetching $15.65 million through D’Leanne Lewis of Laing & Simmons when bought by Heather Doig, wife of former Pacific Equity Partners managing director Rob Koczkar who've upgraded from Waverley.

James Kennard, from the Kennards Self Storage family, sold his 1890s Glebe mansion to buy in Bronte.

Hartford, a magnificent Queen Ann manor fetched $4,228,000, with Kennard making a $5,325,000 purchase on Yanko Avenue, Bronte of a contemporary beachhouse designed by Smyth and Smyth sold through Jason Pantzer of Phillips Pantzer Donnelly.

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor is one of our authors. Jonathan has been writing about property since the early 1980s and is editor-at-large of Property Observer.

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