Jonathan Chancellor | 11 November 2012

North Bondi wipeout at weekend auction

The top sale at weekend auctions was a North Bondi penthouse within the former site of Blue Water Grill restaurant.

It sold under the hammer for $4.02 million.

It last sold for $5.75 million in 2006 when bought by the horse breeder Dean Fleming's family. The $1.73 million loss equated to 5% decline annually during its six-year ownership. 

The three-bedroom apartment is one of six in the Ramsgate Avenue block.

The block's last ominous sale was $1,785,000 for a three bedroom 189 square metre apartment that fetched $2.15 million in 2007.

The North Bondi penthouse offering had about 110 square metres of internal space plus 164 square metres of outdoor decking.

It was listed as now with a family of five, the Flemings are moving to something bigger.

Pre-auction he suggested he was realistic when it came to price with the McGrath agents Di Baker and James Dack giving the price guide as "between $4 million and $6 million".

"That's the market. You've got to meet it," Fleming told Fairfax Media after the weekend auction.

"It's disappointing, but it's time to move on."

A buyer from Melbourne secured the property with just one bid over the telephone.

Sydney recorded a 60.3% weekend clearance rate, according to Australian Property Monitors.


In Melbourne there was a clearance rate of 60% compared with 59% last weekend and 51% for the same weekend last year, according to Enzo Raimondo at the Real Estate Institute of Vicoria.




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