Late bookie’s tro­phy home hits mar­ket

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - REALESTATE -

THE Strath­field tro­phy home of the late leviathan book­maker Harry Bar­rett has been listed for sale by his widow Pa­tri­cia.

The noted book­maker and used­car sales­man and his wife bought it from An­drew Kelly, the then boss of Strath­field Car Ra­dios in 1996.

Set pri­vately be­hind gates and a walled en­try, the vast home spans 725sqm and in­cludes five bed­rooms, four bath­rooms, a bil­liard room, home the­atre and study.

Its 2365sqm grounds come with a pool, a ca­bana with sauna and an all­weather ten­nis court.

Ge­orge El­lis and Co Strath­field list­ing team Sam and Joseph Ge­orges are mar­ket­ing the es­tate as “rem­i­nis­cent of an op­u­lent Hol­ly­wood man­sion”. They have it sched­uled for a Novem­ber 3 auc­tion.

The Bar­retts paid $1.9 mil­lion for the Red­myre Rd home in 1996 through Sam Ge­orges.

Bar­rett, fa­mous for his bet­ting bat­tles with the late me­dia ty­coon Kerry Packer, died in 2011, be­ing ab­sent from his Rand­wick race­track stand for only the last few weeks of his life.

He had be­gun on the flat at Rand­wick in 1972 and, by the early 1990s, Bar­rett had an an­nual turnover of about $100 mil­lion, bol­stered by the com­bat­ive Kerry Packer’s pas­sion for the punt.

“One day dur­ing the Easter carni- val in that big year I held $9.6 mil­lion,” he once let slip to Richard Zachariah, the then Sun­day Tele­graph colum­nist.

Bar­rett also briefly hit the front page head­lines af­ter he bought Syd­ney’s most con­spic­u­ous Point Piper wa­ter­front man­sion, Al­tona, in 1991 through Bill Bridges at WJ Bridges Real Es­tate for $6.1 mil­lion.

He thought he’d got a good buy, al­though Pa­tri­cia jest­ingly thought he was off his trol­ley.

Within a year the Bar­retts de­cided to stay at their then Strath­field house they’d bought 17 years be­fore for $112,000, with Al­tona on­sold for $5.25 mil­lion to Matt and Fiona Hand­bury, pub­lish­ers of Bet­ter Homes and Gar­dens. Al­tona had 10 bed­rooms and 10 bath­rooms, but Bar­rett never oc­cu­pied Al­tona. In­stead, he and his fam­ily — while still liv­ing at Strath­field — stayed in the boat­shed at week­ends.

“I’m a very ba­sic guy — it was just too big,” Bar­rett told me on sell­ing Al­tona.

Ri­val book­maker Mark Read once ac­cused Bar­rett of wear­ing the same tie for 20 years, with Bar­rett coun­ter­ing: “I’ve only got one neck.”

The Strath­field res­i­den­tial price record stands at $8.8 mil­lion for a Chalmers Rd prop­erty sold by San­ity boss Ray Itaoui and his wife Rachel through Ge­orge El­lis & Co in May last year.

Late book­maker Harry Bar­rett in his hey­day at Royal Rand­wick, and (in­sets) the Strath­field home that’s go­ing to auc­tion.

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