• Jon Ruwolt

A Tale of three Mansions

Updated: Dec 20, 2020

  1. Fintry, 101 Victoria Road, Bellevue Hill, NSW

  2. Birida, 108 Brown Street, Armidale NSW

  3. St Cecilia, 2 Callary Street, Peterborough, SA

1. Fintry, 101 Victoria Road, Bellevue Hill, NSW

Fintry has become infamous for the eviction of Mia Freedman and her husband Jason Lavigne. The couple founded the news site Mamamia together in 2007 and have three children.

The Mamamia founders have lived at the century-old mansion Fintry since January 2015

  • A NSW Supreme Court fight could see media power couple lose it altogether

  • The owner of the property has torn up their $12million contract of sale and claimed their deposit of $600,000.

  • The Lavignes and home owner Somna Lala Kumar are suing each other

101 Victoria Road. Not only does it score a Victoria Road address, but its hilltop position grants the home 180 degree views spanning from Bondi Beach to Sydney Harbour.

  • The 6-bedroom, 5-bathroom Arts and Crafts home sits on a generous 1,368sqm flagpole parcel of land that previously swapped hands for a very full-priced $10.2m in Nov 2007.

  • The owners then undertook a $1.019m renovation that saw the addition of a salt water infinity-edge pool (that overlooks Lachlan Murdoch’s compound) and

  • with extensive interior and exterior refurbishments all while maintaining the original house footprint.

  • The result is impressive: extensive wood panelling, a modern kitchen, and plenty of view orientation.

At the time, the Lavignes entered into a deed with the owner with the London-based Somna Lala Kumar, and husband, Macquarie banker Joseph Jayaraj; the agreement allowed the Lavignes to rent the dress circle property from Ms Kumar but gave them the option to buy it down the track.

  • Ms Kumar had been unsuccessfully trying to sell the more than $12 million Bellevue Hill property for about three years until early 2015 when instead she entered into a deed that allowed the Lavignes to live there with the option of eventually buying it.

  • Late last year the Lavignes exercised the option to buy the property, but three months later a courier delivered a notice that the contract had been withdrawn.

  • A big point of contention between both parties was who would pay for repairs to the leaking slate roof, which the Lavignes contended was in a state of “dilapidation” that would cost $251,800 to fix.

  • Supreme Court orders resulted in them abandoning negotiations to settle on their mooted purchase of five years prior. They got to keep their deposit.

Now Mia Freedman and her husband, Jason Lavigne, have bought a Point Piper house for $12.75 million after their recent eviction from Bellevue Hill.