Mosman’s Breen family scores quiet $19 million sale

Mosman’s trophy home market has been all but in a stupor this year, as home owners opt to renovate rather than trade in their bricks and mortar, but not for high-end home traders Katie and Daniel Adamo.

Katie, a former recruitment boss, and Daniel, a prominent dentist now at Dental Implants on Miller, have followed up the recent sale of their Clifton Gardens home for $18.5 million to buy for more than $19 million.

The 3000-square-metre home of Charlotte Breen and Dion Morrison has sold on the quiet for more than $19 million.

The 3000-square-metre home of Charlotte Breen and Dion Morrison has sold on the quiet for more than $19 million.

The exact sale price remains a closely guarded secret by Atlas’s Michael Coombs, but local sources say it was an off-market purchase of the home of Dion Morrison and Charlotte Breen, the sister of prominent art collector and benefactor Sally Breen.

The 3000-square-metre property with tennis court, swimming pool and architect Susan Rothwell-designed residence was previously owned by Nathan Tinkler’s former lieutenant Tom Todd and his wife Victoria, before they moved to Britain to take up residence in Hilfield Manor, linked to novelist Thomas Hardy.

The Morrison/Breens purchased it in 2018 for $12.2 million, despite already having bought an Arts and Crafts Federation mansion nearby in 2015 for $7.5 million.

The Adamos are best known among property watchers for their $22 million sale of their Ruby Street home in 2020, and more recently for the sale of their nearby Thompson Street home, for which they made a $4 million capital gain in just 17 months.

Settlement is expected to show the Adamo purchase as Mosman’s third-highest sale this year, topping Alan Joyce’s $19 million purchase but well shy of the all-time area record of $33 million.

There has only been a dozen high-end sales locally of more than $10 million to date this year, which is a far cry from the bonanza of last year when there were 44 in the double-digit millions.

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Bowral’s historic slow-mover

Optus chief executive Kelly Bayer Rosmarin and her husband Rodney Rosmarin made good their Southern Highlands getaway during the COVID-19 lockdowns, but they won’t be doing so in the future after they sold the historic mansion this week for $3.95 million.

Rose Manor is a 1914 mansion that was long home to Toohey’s chairman Sir Mark Sheldon.

Rose Manor is a 1914 mansion that was long home to Toohey’s chairman Sir Mark Sheldon.Credit:

The couple listed the seven-bedroom residence, now known as “Rose Manor” in April of last year for $3.95 million, sticking to the asking price throughout the on-and-off campaign with Drew Lindsay’s Samuel Lindsay.

The Rosmarins are based in Vaucluse, where last year they traded up to the $15 million Spanish mission-style residence Vue de la Cote, and sold their former digs of $7.75 million.

Optus chief Kelly Bayer Rosmarin took a year to sell the Bowral getaway.

Optus chief Kelly Bayer Rosmarin took a year to sell the Bowral getaway.Credit:Louise Kennerley

Their Bowral retreat was built in 1914 as Beraldor for merchant Alfred Dakingsmith, and from 1928 to the 1950s was regarded as the country seat of corporate Sydney thanks to its ownership by Toohey’s chairman Sir Mark Sheldon.

The Rosmarins purchased it in 2009 for $2.25 million, ending what was then a more than two-year sales campaign.

Benny in the Horizon

Rugby league great Benny Elias was already a resident of the Harry Seidler-designed Horizon building when he recently decided to make his interest in the tower official by buying a two-bedder.

Benny Elias has bought into the Horizon tower.

Benny Elias has bought into the Horizon tower.Credit:Jonathan Wood

Records show the Balmain Tigers hooker paid $3.375 million, more than doubling the $1.58 million it traded for in 2010 when bought by Goldman Sachs’ Joe Niven.

Elias joins the likes of heiress Francesca Packer Barham, interior designer Greg Natale and Tom Uren’s widow Christine Logan as fellow strata-plan owners.

Good Greeff in Curl Curl

Brothers Ken and Frank Greeff recently finalised the $180 million sale of their majority-owned real estate campaign technology platform Realbase to Domain, and guess where they ploughed a good chunk of the proceeds?

New homes, of course.

The deal by Domain (majority owned by Nine Entertainment, the owner of this newspaper) was finalised in April and included a consideration of up to $50 million dependent on financial performance targets.

The Curl Curl house has set a suburb record of $9.4 million.

The Curl Curl house has set a suburb record of $9.4 million.Credit:Domain

A month later Realbase chief executive Frank Greeff and partner Holly Rogers set a Curl Curl record of $9.4 million for a five-bedroom house with ocean views, upgrading from a rental apartment in Queenscliff.

Ken Greeff and partner Simona Paolini kept things a tad more economical, paying $4.05 million in April for a four-bedroom house in North Curl Curl.

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Lucy Macken is the prestige property reporter and Title Deeds columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald.Connect via Twitter or email.

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