The CEO of the solar export juggernaut has sold his terrace for a windfall, and a former EY strategist has listed a Potts Point stunner.
Sun Cable founder and chief executive David Griffin has quietly sold his Paddington terrace for just over $7 million after purchasing it with his partner David Peters for around $4 million two years ago.
The four-level Moore Park Road terrace sold off-market for more than its expected price tag of $6.5 to $7 million.
Rear courtyard of the recently sold Paddington terrace. 
It’s been a long campaign that’s paid off, with the couple first listing the terrace in March then pulling the sale before a scheduled auction, and finally returning it as an off-market offering a couple of weeks ago.
The property sold through Luke Hogan at McGrath Paddington, who declined to comment on the sale.
The interior of David Griffin and David Peters’ Moore Park Road terrace has undergone a major revamp. 
The sale falls short of the $9 million street record set last year, albeit on a much larger block, by downsizing Sydney barrister Jason Downing and wife Amanda Lintott, founder of upmarket automotive product company Autonomy. The five-bedder with pool sold through BresicWhitney’s Maclay Longhurst.
Mr Griffin and Mr Peters’ $7 million plus sale dwarfs the $4.7 million price tag Liberal Senator Andrew Bragg paid for a very similar neighbouring property in 2019.
Sun Cable CEO David Griffin. 
The 70 per cent-plus windfall is largely down to an interior overhaul by Peters who revamped the five-bedroom terrace switching tiles and orange floorboards for blonde hardwood timber, a new-look kitchen and lighting scheme, marble accents and a courtyard revamp. There’s also an electric car plug in the garage – a nod to Griffin’s green credentials.
Griffin is the brains behind one of the world’s most ambitious solar export projects, Sun Cable. The $30 billion-plus project aims to create an Asia Pacific infrastructure network, transferring energy from a solar farm and battery storage facility in the Northern Territory to gas-dependant Singapore and eventually Indonesia through the world’s longest subsea voltage cable.
Yet to break ground, the Singapore-based company recently announced software mogul Mike Cannon Brookes as the company’s new chair after the Atlassian founder joined forces with Fortescue’s Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest to back the venture by leading a $210 million capital raise earlier this year.
With this calibre of billionaire backing, a home upgrade is likely on the cards with the couple yet to make their next property play.
In other terrace renovation news, glamour couple Maurice and Jessica Violani have just listed their Potts Point home with $6 million plus price hopes through TRG’s Gavin Rubinstein.
The couple purchased the Victoria Street terrace for $3.4 million in 2019 and have transformed the 1890s dwelling with a major renovation with results worthy of a Vogue Living spread.

Marketed as the “ultimate pied-a-terre”, the Tamsin Johnson-designed tri- level terrace includes a subterranean media room, wine cellar, Gaggenau appliances and Sonos home automation.
The Violani’s Potts Point living room designed by Tamsin Johnson. 
The luxe restoration is quite the departure from the wrecking ball the now heritage-listed terrace faced in the 1970s when developers wanted to make way for a controversial high-rise apartment complex.
The now designer digs was saved by ill-fated journalist and heiress Juanita Nielson and union activist Jack Mundey’s remarkable green bans imposed to conserve what the National Trust compared to the ‘Montmartre’ of Sydney.

Jack Mundey being carried from a protest at The Rocks in the early 1970s. Robert Pearce
It’s been a busy few years for the couple, juggling an interstate move, major renovation and raising two young children along with high-flying careers – all since their 2019 Lake Como wedding, complete with Steven Khalil gown.
Maurice Violani co-founded boutique consulting firm Australian Strategy Partners which was acquired by global firm OC&C Strategy less than a year after its inception. Before that Mr Violani and co-founders Jeremy Barker and Mark Blackwell worked together in EY’s strategy division, EY-Parthenon.
Jessica, who heads up Amazon Australia’s Softlines & Media, says they’re not done with renovating or the suburb just yet.
“Potts Point has old-world appeal and is a great place to raise a family,” she said.
After snapping up a larger terrace across the road for $5.7 million late last year, the couple have recruited star architect Luigi Rosselli who will join forces with Tamsin Johnson to oversee their second Sydney project.
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