If cricketer Steve Smith ever tires of the baggy green he should go into property flipping, judging by the Vaucluse project he recently finished and listed for sale on Friday.
The Kings Road house Smith and his partner Dani Willis bought in 2020 for $6.6 million scored approval for “alterations and additions” 18 months ago, only to be redesigned into a far more luxurious residence by McKim Design.
Raine & Horne Double Bay’s Albert Sassoon said there is not yet a price guide on the property, but he did refer to recent sales nearby of similar quality that have sold for upwards of $11 million.
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According to corporate records, Smith is still a registered resident of the Coogee penthouse he bought 11 years ago for $1.75 million, but is said to have lived at the Vaucluse house briefly before the renovation job began.
Billed as the world’s best batsman and one of Cricket Australia’s top five earners, Smith has maintained a side-hustle in renovating property for almost a decade.
In 2015, he bought a rundown house in Balmain East for $2 million that he rebuilt into what recent marketing described as “cutting-edge glamour”. It is leased for $2200 a week.
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A three-bedroom house in Balmain was also added in 2016 for $1.41 million in a company name in which Smith has a controlling interest. It was also renovated throughout and was leased a few years ago for $1600 a week.
His latest job certainly impressed Sassoon and co-agent Frank Colacicco, of Bentley Estate Agents.
Their marketing describes the four-bedroom, three-bathroom house as a “showpiece of timeless style and impressive dimensions” that is set “against a sweeping Sydney Harbour backdrop” and “brilliantly functional and luxurious”.
There is a marble kitchen with butler’s pantry, an entertaining terrace overlooking a heated swimming pool, a home theatre, wine storage room with a wet bar, marble bathrooms and high-end finishes that include heated floors, remote control functionality and external cameras.