A Vaucluse trophy home with seven bedrooms, three kitchens, two internal lifts and a 20-car garage has quietly hit the market this morning.
Of course there are iconic views of Sydney Harbour, the Bridge and Opera House
Not only is there a home cinema and gym, it comes with two swimming pools.
And there’s even a separate function centre with its own garage.
Owned by the leading corporate lawyer John Landerer, the massive limestone compound known as ‘Ganeden’, on a 2400sqm hillside block, can be yours for more than $60 million, making it the most expensive home listed this year.
The property, at 38a Wentworth Rd, is so far only being advertised as for sale in an expressions of interest campaign on the Sydney Sotheby’s International Realty website.
Property records show that it was once the site of three homes with the first site, owned by David and Agnes Ross, purchased by Mr Landerer, and his wife, Michelle, in 1988 for $5.2 million.
They then bought the two houses behind in the mid 1990s to create a huge building site, with architect Stephen Gergely commissioned to build the massive new home.
The late interior designer Frank Grill did the interiors.
And the prominent Australian landscape architect Paul Bangay was brought in to do the gardens for the property, which has dual street frontages to Wentworth Road and Vaucluse Road.
Mr Landerer is the owner and founder of the Sydney commercial law firm Landerer and Company.
It’s understood a buyer from China offered him almost $62 million for the home, but he turned it down.
‘Ganeden’ isn’t quite as big as the house on a 3300 sqm block next door, ‘La Mer’, built by James and Erica Packer before they separated.
That sold it in 2015 for $70 million to Chinese-Australian businessman Chau Chak Wing.
Only external photos are being shown by Sotheby’s at this stage.
Unfortunately Sydneysiders can’t nick design ideas at open homes today — the managing director of Sydney Sotheby’s, Michael Pallier, is taking only qualified buyers through the property in private inspections.