• Jon Ruwolt

$20.5m Tudor Bonnington for sale again after just six months

Updated: Aug 12, 2019

Lucy Macken, prestige property reporter, has reported at Domain.com.au that Sydney trophy home and art collector John Schaeffer has taken property flipping to a new level listing the historic Bonnington six months after he took possession of it.

Bonnington 8 Victoria RoadBellevue Hill, NSW 2023

Sydney art collector John Schaeffer returned to Bellevue Hill as the mystery buyer of the Tudor-style Bonnington, the $20 million plus home of the late businessman Neville Christie that sold through Richardson & Wrench agent Michael Dunn.

Bonnington 8 Victoria RoadBellevue Hill, NSW 2023

October 2018 Update:

Fund manager Ari Droga and his architect wife, Lisa, successfully made the $20.4 million purchase of John Schaeffer’s trophy home, Bonnington.

New owner Schaeffer had put Bonnington up for auction earlier, only six months after he took possession of the F. Glynn Gilling-designed landmark home for $20.5 million, but fell shy of recouping his purchase price despite five registered bidders at the auction by Ray White Double Bay’s Elliott Placks and Ashley Bierman.

1 Kippara RoadDover Heights, NSW 2030
  • The 1930s six bedroom home was designed by acclaimed architect F. Glynn Gilling.

  • Bonninton was the home of the Christie family for 56 years, and sits on over 2,200 sqm.

John Schaeffer had relisted his prized 1930s Dover Heights home for February auction through Ric Serrao, of Raine & Horne with hopes of around $10 million.

The Art Deco home at 1 Kippara Road Dover Heights sold for $9,280,000 on 01 Mar 2018

  • Lucy Macken reported that "Art and trophy-home collector John Schaeffer has no sooner added his Frederic Leighton sculpture, An Athlete Wrestling with a Python, to the John Schaeffer Collection at the Art Gallery of NSW than he has listed his similarly prized Dover Heights landmark home for about $10 million."

  • "Schaeffer and his film producer partner Bettina Dalton bought the distinctive art deco residence only two years ago for $4.85 million from locksmith Jason and Haley Carr, then gutted it leaving only the original brickwork."

  • "It returned to the market with new wiring, flooring, plumbing and high-end finishes throughout, as well as a landscaped garden."

Schaeffer once called Rona at Bellevue Hill his home.

Rona, 2 Ginahgulla Road, Bellevue Hill NSW 2023