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Gold mining businessman “John” Changjin Li has been an enigmatic figure in Sydney’s trophy home market since he first made headlines in 2020 by buying Point Piper trophy home Edgewater for $95 million.
Agents who sell for the formerly Shanghai-based businessman are guarded about media coverage, and none of the significant property deals linked to him are held in his name and are instead held in the names of family or corporate interests.
An artist’s impression of the $10-million mansion on the drawing board for the Hopetoun Avenue site.
But that hasn’t stopped the director of Kingland Gold and Kingland Mining from making some handsome capital gains on his local real estate, like the Vaucluse investment bought in 2020 for $10.9 million and sold earlier this year for $26 million or the Bayview mansion bought for $11.5 million and sold a year later for $15 million.
Li is hoping to do just as well again on his home in Vaucluse, which is being offered to buyers for $40 million-plus through Christie’s Shane Clinton.
The Hopetoun Avenue property includes two 1920s-built bungalows on a consolidated block of three titles totalling almost 2500 square metres, all of which was purchased by Li family member Changren Cheng for $6 million in 2010.
The off-market sales campaign follows a Woollahra Council decision to knock back a DA to demolish the houses to build a $10.2 million mega-mansion on the site, although Li is expected to pursue the DA through the Land and Environment Court even as the property is being offered to buyers.
A DA to demolish the 1920s bungalow was knocked back by Woollahra Council.
Li’s grand home plans have also suffered a setback on Edgewater in Point Piper after council knocked back his DA for $4.4 million worth of “alterations and additions”.
Li’s delayed exchange on Edgewater means the property does not settle to his interests until next year, but it is the registered address of his corporate entity Point Piper One Pty Ltd, and the DA designs, dubbed the “Li Residence” by MHN Design Union, are on behalf of client John Li.
All of which may surprise Sotheby’s Michael Pallier, who at the time of the $95 million sale denied Li was the buyer.
The Vaucluse home of Real Housewives of Sydney’s Nicole O’Neil is back up for grabs.Credit:
A year after Real Housewives of Sydney’s Nicole O’Neil and her husband Adam quietly withdrew their Vaucluse home from the market with no sign of a sold sticker, the five-bedroom residence has returned to the market.
The $16 million guide of 2021 has been upgraded to $17.5 million this time around, and Raine & Horne’s Alex Lyons and Ray White Double Bay’s Elliott Placks are sharing the listing.
There are home up-grade plans afoot for Nicole O’Neil.
The former Miss Australia purchased it in 2017 for $7 million when it was known as the Art House thanks to previous owners, art consultant Bambi Blumberg and her former Westpac banker husband Derek.
Melbourne’s diesel industry businessman Devesh Mishra and his wife Anshika have made an impressive arrival in Sydney as the $19.76 million buyers of Balmain East’s Rothesay.
The Rothesay mansion in Balmain East has set a $19.76 million record for the peninsula.Credit:
The 1868-built gothic revival mansion set a record for the peninsula when it sold earlier this year, coming in well above the $15 million guide set by Highland Property Double Bay’s David Malouf.
The result was a nod to a large-scale restoration and extension of the property by mortgage brokers Matthew Day and Haitham Rifai, reportedly at a cost of $10 million.
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