It’s Bondi’s last cas­tle

Man­sion saved from units

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

IN a shock­ing de­vel­op­ment — or, more ac­cu­rately, no de­vel­op­ment — an 1880s colo­nial es­tate that be­came an is­land in a sea of Bondi apart­ment tow­ers will stay as a fam­ily home.

Un­til this week owner Bill Shires was sure the her­itage­listed, eight-bedroom Bar­roda at 1 Ocean St would meet the same fate as ev­ery other sur­round­ing house.

“Any­thing’s pos­si­ble with the right plans — it’s zoned for eight storeys high, with views of the beach and har­bour and it’s close to ev­ery­thing,” he said.

In­stead it sold to the Day fam­ily, who paid $4.2 mil­lion via McGrath agent Si­mon Exle­ton to make it a multi­gen­er­a­tional home ahead of Thurs­day’s sched­uled auc­tion.

Ar­chi­tect Michael Day, with sons Ana­tole and celebrity agent Ti­tus, came out on top of a three-way bat­tle for the man­sion.

“It’s per­fect,” Mr Day said. “Two of my y sons had been talk­ing ng about leav­ing Syd­ney y be­cause of the high prop­erty op­erty prices and cost of liv­ing. ng. But I’m go­ing to sell my two prop­er­ties — and they can sell theirs — and we’ll pool our re­sources to­gether and cre­ate one big fam­ily home.”

Mr Day plans to con­vert the garage into a sep­a­rate cot­tage, leav­ing the main house for Ti­tus, wife Court­ney and their three chil­dren.

Ana­tole is still plan­ning to move out of Syd­ney but will com­mute for work and spend two or three nights a week in the new home. “His wife and

daugh­ter can come down — it’s a way of keep­ing the fam­ily to­gether,” Mr Day said.

Ti­tus, whose clients in­clude So­phie Monk and Grant Denyer, agreed: “It’s very ex­cit­ing. We’ve talked about it for a long time be­cause we’re a pretty close fam­ily. A lot of Euro­pean com­mu­ni­ties do it, look­ing af­ter each other as they grow old.” Mr Day thinks devel­op­ers put the prop­erty in the too-hard bas­ket. “They would have had a bit of a fight with the lo­cal her­itage of­fi­cer to knock it down,” he said. The Days will be the home’s third own­ers.

2 Ocean St, Bondi, sur­rounded by unit blocks.

Picture: Richard Dob­son.

Ti­tus Day and fa­ther Michael with Ti­tus’ wife Court­ney and their kids Siya, Ajax and At­ti­cus.

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