End of an era as Coles’ clas­sic is set for auc­tion

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - REAL ESTATE -

THE Cole broth­ers have listed their par­ents’ Wool­lahra home fol­low­ing the re­cent death of Ann Cole, widow of Gra­ham Cole, the 1983 founder of the Cole Clas­sic.

There is an im­age of the big race com­peti­tors in the kitchen at the Mon­cur St home that goes to June 23 auc­tion. Agent Alexan­der Phillips ex­pects $3.7 mil­lion.

There’s just the one bed­room in­side the home which has a neo-Ge­or­gian fa­cade. There’s a walled gar­den and self-con­tained stu­dio with rear garag­ing.

The Wool­lahra home was bought in 1996 for $780,000 af­ter the cou­ple sold their Vau­cluse home of 36 year years that was de­signed by the noted ar­chi­tect Pro­fes­sor Les­lie Wilkin­son.

Ann passed away in Jan­uary this year aged 84. They had three boys, Wal­ter, Christo­pher, the ar­chi­tect who de­signed the mod­erni­sa­tion of the home, and Ni­cholas. It was Christo­pher’s first project out of univer­sity, which de­sign critic Ba­bette Hayes de­scribed as “un­clut­tered rather min­i­mal”.

Aged 71, Gra­ham Cole died in De­cem­ber 1999 soon af­ter his morn­ing dip at Bondi, prompt­ing Sun­day Tele­graph columnist Piers Ak­er­man to then note the Clas­sic was “not so much a race but a per­sonal chal­lenge, an op­por­tu­nity for in­di­vid­u­als to qui­etly en­joy a sense of per­sonal achieve- ment at be­ing part of a great event”. When Cole was work­ing to es­tab­lish the first Cole Clas­sic in 1983, he ex­plained it was be a trig­ger for “per­sons to in­volve them­selves in the self-dis­ci­pline re­quired to get fit”.

Wool­lahra’s four-bed­room me­dian price sits at $3.7 mil­lion.

The Coles with their sons in the 1990s, and the Wool­lahra house.

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