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  • Writer's pictureJon Ruwolt

Arts & Crafts 'Glen Mahr' Hunters Hill

Updated: Jun 30, 2020

Sale records show that little-known Chinese businessman Chan Hoi Li has emerged as one of the largest landholders in Woolwich after he settled on the historic 1890s Glen Mahr estate next door to the Woolwich Marina for $6.6 million.

The sale of Glen Mahr at Clarke’s Point Reserve also reinstates the estate, once owned by pharmaceutical billionaires Bill and Imelda Roche, before they sold the marina for $4.6 million in 2001 and the historic residence for $2.9 million the same year.

Last traded for $2.9 million in 2001, Glen Mahr has five bedrooms, grand formal living and dining rooms and expansive wrap around verandahs with views of the water to the Bridge.

Mr Chan first bought into the dress-circle neighbourhood at the eastern end of the Hunters Hill peninsula in late 2015 when he paid more than $10 million for the Woolwich Marina and an adjoining manager’s house from Greg and Liz Newton.

Apart from city and harbour bridge views, the beautiful waterfront site has a magnificent garden -

Hint: Click < OR > arrows to view

The interior has had a renovation in the past, and glimpses remain of the decorative period furniture and fittings which were formerly very appealing, check out the kitchen:

Mr Chan's 29-year-old daughter Idy Chan is no stranger to Sydney’s wealthy Chinese expat community given her role as brand ambassador of the Australia Chinese Jockey Club, as a finalist in the 2017 Miss Australia Chinese Pageant and managing director of events management company Sydney Fashion Culture.

Heritage Information: GLEN MAHR, 2B Margaret Street Hunters Hill

This house was built by Christopher McClure, contractor, in the Federation Period of 1898-9, and Sands Directory first listed him living here in 1902. At one stage the house had a view room and a widow’s walk.


2018 marked 50 years since the Hunters Hill Trust was formed. In honour of this anniversary we have published a new edition of our key publication, Heritage of Hunters Hill (the Green Book). The Trust is grateful to the Office of Environment & Heritage for their support in this project with a Community Heritage grant.

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