The former Bellevue Hill home of financier and debt collector Big Jim Byrnes listed

The former Bellevue Hill home of financier and debt collector Big Jim Byrnes listed
The former Bellevue Hill home of financier and debt collector Big Jim Byrnes listed

FLAMBOYANT financier and debt collector Jim Byrnes’ former abode has hit the market in Bellevue Hill.

It is the address where bullets were fired into the five bedroom family home in 2012 in a dramatic midnight drive-by shooting. The home has been in the 15-year ownership of his downsizing wife Gina, who paid $4.5 ­million.

The glamorous F. Glen Gilling-designed 1928 house was bought in 2004 from the P & O director Terry Tzaneros and wife Anne.

The reports of the 2012 drive-by noted three bullets were fired into the home, with one lodging in a wardrobe, missing Byrnes’ daughter’s head by only 30cm. No one has ever been charged over the shooting, but Byrnes told a 2014 Federal Court hearing that the shooting happened four hours after he had a heated argument with business associates.

The former Bellevue Hill home of financier and debt collector Big Jim Byrnes listed

“I’ve got former SAS officers moving in and around my house,’’ Mr Byrnes said after the incident.

Byrnes has been on the record saying he had relocated from the house twice “for safety reasons.” However, he retains the property as his address on ASIC documents, along with a Double Bay address.

The hilltop Cranbrook Rd home is scheduled for March 25 auction through Michael Pallier at Sotheby’s International. He was very busy as dozens went through yesterday’s open for inspection. Buyers were ­advised of a $6.8 million price guide.

The former Bellevue Hill home of financier and debt collector Big Jim Byrnes listed

Byrnes, who has reportedly suffered from deficit hyperactivity disorder, has been very low-key in recent times, after decades when he was ­seldom far from the public eye in both the financial and social pages.

His high point was when he was known as Alan Bond’s bankruptcy adviser. He was also the best man when Bond married Diana Bliss on Easter Saturday 1995. And there was his own 10-month marriage in 1992 to singer Jackie Love. Byrnes arrived at one of his own bankruptcy proceedings in a Bentley turbo and managed to secure a personal insolvency agreement with creditors after incurring debts worth $19 million.

Even $2855 in unpaid parking fines created headlines.

The self-dubbed corporate streetfighter James W. Byrnes, known as Big Jim, faced the prospect of eviction from his millionaires’ row abode in 2008, 2010 and 2013 over payments owed to his financiers. The National Australia Bank ­remains as the first of four registered lenders.

This article was first published in the Sunday Telegraph.

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