The North Bondi home of former Channel 7 game show host Andrew O’Keefe has sold in six days for more than $1.5m above the original price guide to a New York-based buyer.
Raine and Horne Double Bay/Bondi Beach principal Ric Serrao and Mark Yeats had a $4.5 price guide when the four-bedroom home at 61 Murriverie Road hit the market last Thursday.
But on Saturday the agents had an offer of $5.5m, and they kept on coming.
The one-time host of Deal or No Deal and his ex-wife Eleanor Campbell had little hesitation in pouncing on a deal “in excess of $6m” on Tuesday evening.
The purchaser is understood to be a New York man in his late 30s who had his Sydney-based parents acting for him.
He’ll eventually be returning home to Sydney to live in the two-level, two-bathroom residence with double garage designed by the award-winning architect Sam Marshall.
Serrao said the property had been an instant hit.
“We launched it on Thursday, had three hours of appointments on Saturday, two-and-a-half hour appointments on Sunday and we exchanged on Tuesday,” he said.
“We had five people showing interest in the property and ended up negotiating with everyone and selling prior to a planned auction.”
Apart from the purchaser, the others had all been local clients looking to trade up from smaller semis.
Explaining the speed of the sale, Serrao said: “There’s not a lot on the market, this had a lot of character and 470sqm of land which is not that common — most blocks are 350sqm to 360sqm.
“A lot of people like the staircase, the deign, the garden and the library and the bookcase — it had a lot of charm about it.”
He said the North Bondi market continued to be strong. “We haven’t seen a slowdown during the lockdown.”
The gardens at the O’Keefe property were maintained by water tanks and a self-watering system and were designed by the landscape firm Spriit Level.
Best known for hosting Deal or No Deal and The Chase Australia, O’Keefe, 49, was also the co-host of Weekend Sunrise from 2005 to 2017.
He was charged with assaulting his girlfriend, Orly Lavee, in January, but the charges were dismissed on mental health grounds last month.
Waverley Local Court heard he suffered from bipolar disorder.
Property records show O’Keefe and Eleanor, who have three children, had bought the North Bondi home, then just a single-level home, on a 468 sqm block for $1.89m in 2007.
They later commissioned the Sam Crawford renovation.
In 2017 the couple separated and in 2019 they divorced.
The house offers multiple living areas extending to front and rear gardens.
The post Former Channel 7 game show host Andrew O’Keefe sells North Bondi home in six days appeared first on realestate.com.au.