Bananas in Pyjamas and Hi-5 producer lists in Church Point

Bananas in Pyjamas and Hi-5 producer lists in Church Point
Bananas in Pyjamas and Hi-5 producer lists in Church Point

Helena Harris, the award winning co-creator of the Hi-5 children's television show, has listed her resort-style Church Point home. 

She and partner Martin Perrott have renovated the bushland home since they paid $1.85 million in 2009.

Offering 600 square metres of internal space, the architect designed home sits on its 4046 square metre north-facing block with heated infinity pool and spa overlooking Pittwater. Initially known as Tumbarumba, it has been twice renovated since built in 1999.

The gourmet kitchen now comes with eight built-in Miele appliances including coffee machine, induction cooktop, dishwashers and warming drawer.

Iolanda Trovatello at Wiseberry Mona Vale has a price guide of high $2 million to low $3 million for the five bedroom home with three marble bathrooms. 

Sales at Church Point have ranged between $1.1 million and $4.6 million so far this year, with just the five homes currently on the market.

It is one of Sydney's slowest selling suburbs at around 120 days on market, compared with the 26 day Sydney average.

Harris' name is synonymous with successful children's television across the world, and not only for Hi-5.

She was also the originating producer of worldwide hit Bananas in Pyjamas in 1992 as a spin-off for the ABC's flagship children's show, Play School.

She even named two of the bananas' teddy bear friends after her own children.

Helena formed the children’s television production company Kids Like Us with the television executive Posie Graeme-Evans in the mid-1990s with Hi-5 soon pitched to Channel 9 as "The Big Gig meets Countdown on Play School".

Hi-5 enjoyed international success, being broadcasted in 118 countries around the world along with local versions produced in the United States. 

The show won multiple Logies - that sit prominantly on a mantlepiece at the McCarrs Creek Road home.

There were also Emmy nominations for Harris who said good-quality television activated children's imagination.

Harris also helped create the mascots for the Sydney 2000 Olympics - Ollie the kookaburra, Syd the platypus and Millie the echidna.

This article first appeared in The Sunday 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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