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As Hillsong’s Brian and Bobbie Houston returned to the pulpit this week on a tour of the United States delivering sermons to churches across the Midwest their gated estate in Sydney’s Hills District was put up for sale for $4.5 million.
The upcoming sale of the couple’s Glenhaven home follows Brian’s resignation as Global Senior Pastor earlier this year after an internal investigation found he had breached its moral code in his behaviour to two women.
The luxury gated estate was purchased by the Houstons in 1993 for $165,000.Credit:Domain
A few weeks later Bobbie was made redundant from the church that they had co-founded almost 40 years earlier and which had grown exponentially since then to boast churches across 30 countries.
Brian, whose sermons to churches in Missouri and Minnesota were being regaled on his Instagram page on Friday, told Title Deeds they had taken the uneasy decision to sell their long-held home to reduce their debt and simplify their lives.
“We have made no decisions for the future yet,” he said. “We will be home soon to defend the criminal charge against me which is being heard in December.”
Last year Brian was charged by police for failing to report alleged child sex offences committed by his late father Frank, who died in 2004. Brian has denied the charge, and the matter returns to the Sydney Downing Centre Local Court.
Brian and Bobbie Houston are hoping for about $4.5 million for their Glenhaven home.Credit:Hillsong
The Houstons bought their Glenhaven home in 1994 for $165,000, trading up at the time from their former home in Kings Langley in Sydney’s west.
The 3647-square-metre estate was billed in the marketing by Louis Carr’s Paul Woolford as offering a “spectacular entertainer’s lifestyle” given a four-bedroom house set at the end of a private driveway and a swimming pool, spa and a fire pit in bushy, garden surrounds.
In recent years the Houstons have also sold two long-held Bondi Beach apartments, one for $1.32 million in 2020 and another for $1.92 million last year.
The Houston’s Glenhaven home includes a vast 26-square-metre dressing room.Credit:Domain
This week’s start of the spring selling season has seen a slew of North Shore identities hit the market with plans to downsize from the family “empty nest”, led by former NSW health minister Jillian Skinner and her husband Chris from their Cremorne home.
The Federation house in Cremorne owned by Jillian and Chris Skinner goes to auction on September 24.
A September 24 auction and a guide of $5.5 million has been set by Croll’s Andrew Croll for the Skinner’s Federation home of the past 46 years.
It was previously owned by the late property industry veteran Ian Hayson, who sold it to the Skinners in 1976 for $64,150.
Jillian Skinner in 1983, when she won preselection for the North Shore, outside the family home with her husband Chris, and their children Simon, Robbie and Amy.Credit:Gerrit Alan Fokkema
In 1994 Skinner was elected the Liberal member for North Shore, and remained until 2017 when she resigned from politics ahead of a cabinet reshuffle by then premier Gladys Berejiklian.
Meanwhile, the historic Cremorne property Dalkeith that is home to receiver Vaughan Strawbridge and his partner Kylie Maddern has hit the market with a $9.5 million guide through DiJones’ Piers van Hamburg.
Strawbridge, regarded as Australia’s highest-profile corporate administrator in 2020 following his lead in the administration of Virgin Airlines, was poached from Deloitte two years ago by rival FTI Consulting.
The historic Cremorne property Dalkeith last traded in 2014 when sold by the Molyneux family for $4.88 million.Credit: Domain
Built for prominent Freemason Frank Whiddon in 1908, it was renovated by architect Paul O’Keefe in recent years following Maddern’s purchase in 2014 for $4.88 million.
Also downsizing is NSW Treasury Corporation chief executive David Deverall and his wife Fiona Nyman from their architect Howard Tanner-redesigned Federation home in Mosman.
Ray White Mosman’s Geoff Smith and Richard Harding have a guide of $14.5 million for the Clifton Gardens residence, ending almost 20 years ownership since they bought for $3.7 million.
Publican John Azar and his medico wife Farah Azar have already bought a downsizer, paying almost $12 million for a pad in the newly built boutique triplex development of Fred Nasa in Woollahra.
The contemporary Northbridge residence of John and Farah Azar was designed by Sandberg Schoffel Architects.Credit:Domain
No sooner did the Azars purchase through The Agency’s Steven Chen and Highland Double Bay’s Bill Malouf than they have promptly listed their striking Northbridge home for more than $9.5 million with the same agents.
John Azar, of The Good Beer Company that owns landmark drinking holes like the Commodore Hotel at McMahons Point and the Union Hotel at North Sydney, purchased the family home in 2015 for $5.08 million and rebuilt it a few years later to a design by Sandberg Schoffel Architects into a contemporary four-level residence.
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