Channel 10's Studio 10 star Jonathan Coleman buys Plan Beach retreat from Qantas chief Geoff Dixon

Channel 10's Studio 10 star Jonathan Coleman buys Plan Beach retreat from Qantas chief Geoff Dixon
Channel 10's Studio 10 star Jonathan Coleman buys Plan Beach retreat from Qantas chief Geoff Dixon

Channel 10's Studio 10 personality Jonathan Coleman and wife Margot have sold their longtime Lindfield home.

They are the mooted buyers of the Palm Beach retreat of the former Qantas chief Geoff Dixon and wife Dawn.

The hilltop home with views over Pittwater, had been for sale at $3.95 million.

The couple secured $6.95 million from the sale at Lindfield.

It was 2007 when the veteran broadcaster Jonathan Coleman - who is an ambassador for Movember - spent $3.8 million on the Australian Idol house only to find the area had been rezoned in 2004 for apartments.

Coleman took the issue up with his real estate agent. "The estate agent's quote to us afterwards was 'buyer beware'," the Daily Telegraph reported back then.

He had to put. up with the apartment builds in the once suburban neighbourhood.

And he was approached many times through the years, selling only recently to a Chinese developer, Bullio Agricultural Holding 

The 2,085 sqm property on Beaconsfield Parade is approved for a 13 apartment low-rise development.

The Coleman's will no doubt have less to worry about in Palm Beach.

The Dixon's had paid $2,825,000 for the two storey, 1960s resort-style beach house on 700 sqm in 2010. They initially listed the home March last year, before re-listing earlier this year.

McGrath Avalon agents Jonathan Fletcher and James Baker quietly secured the sale after it slipped off listing websites over winter.

It featured in the Inside Out magazine after renovations by interior designer Kristy McGregor.

The article noted they'd purchased the home because its had "good bones with a great outlook over Pittwater."

"We thought it had huge potential to be a comfortable, stylish beach house,” Dawn said.

The home has four bedrooms, three bathrooms and an infinity pool overlooking the water.

It has rare level access.

The bi-fold glass doors opens onto vast timber deck and infinity pool and outdoor shower.

Coleman began broadcasting in the late 1970s when reporting for the popular children's TV magazine show Simon Townsend's Wonder World.

He moved back to the UK, where he was born, in the 1990s, and continued on the radio before moving back to Sydney in 2006. 

This article was first published in the Saturday Daily Telegraph.  

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