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