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Inside Clontarf’s Portovenere Estate

An expansive waterfront property with global designer flair.

By Terry Christodoulou
Fri, Jul 1, 2022Grey Clock 2 min

It’s bold to refer to any property in absolutes, but here Portovenere Estate represents Clontarf’s grandest waterfront statement and its most coveted residence.

Designed in the 1960s, the two-storey, 7-bedroom, 8-bathroom and 5-car parking pile is set on an impressive 3015sqm waterfront plot. Since its inception, the home has had no expense spared in its contemporary reimagining.

Within, the home sees a global interpretation of design elevated by bespoke luxurious finishes from all over the world at every turn.

It starts from before you enter the front door — here an imported Ghizzi and Benatti fixtures from Italy. Once inside, one notices the heated marble and Savadi timber flooring that sweeps through the multiple living and entertaining zones including the family room, formal and casual dining.

Here in these living zones is a combination of designer furnishings and chandeliers from Fendi, Versace and Articolo and a made-to-order Ravens 11 ping-pong table — all of which is available as an option when purchasing the home.

Elsewhere the home’s kitchen is replete with Manhattan calacatta marble and is fitted with Gaggenau appliances and Sub-Zero refrigerators. The butler’s pantry is almost equally luxurious with Miele commercial appliances found here.

Further, the home’s multiple bathrooms are, too, fitted with Ceraba mosaic tiles and Gessi luxury tapware and shower systems.

Throughout the home’s many bedrooms, each is fitted with a timber veneer bedhead design, while the master bedroom sees a Madrona Burl veneer back panel and is complete by its own expansive ensuite (with a spa) and walk-in robe.

Both levels of the home feature outdoor space built to entertain fitted with outdoor BBQ appliances, pizza oven and Janus et Cie furnishing. Further outdoor amenities include the L.A Lakers half-court basketball court, mini soccer field and elevated podium pool.

Back inside, the home is fitted with a number of mod-cons including a poker table, in-home cinema, wine cellar, gym, salon and study with home automation and security managed by a Savant smart system.

A sandstone adorned rooftop entertaining terrace tops off the heady list of amenities that this residence holds, offering stunning views across the waterside suburb and beyond. All levels are accessed via a KONE lift.

The home is also privy to completely contained staff quarters suitable for an in-house au pair.

The property is listed with Monika Tu (+61 409 898 888) of Black Diamondz Property Concierge with a price guide of $35m -$38m; blackdiamondz.com.au

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Actor Hugh Jackman has paid approx. $30.37 million for a penthouse in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood, according to public records and a person familiar with the transaction.

Records show the condo unit last traded in 2012 for US$19.4 million. The penthouse had been on and off the market since October 2021 and was initially priced at US$25 million.

The sellers are Daniel Fischel and Sylvia Neil. Mr. Fischel is president of Chicago-based global economic consulting company Compass Lexecon and a former dean of the University of Chicago Law School. Ms. Neil was an associate dean at the school. A call to Mr. Fischel’s office wasn’t immediately returned.

The roughly 435sqm, four-bedroom unit is located in a condominium designed by the architect Jean Nouvel, according to the listing with Noble Black of Douglas Elliman. The penthouse has roughly 14-foot-high floor-to-ceiling windows and about 343sqm of outdoor space, including a large roof terrace divided into dining and lounging areas. The apartment has views of the Hudson River as well as the downtown and Midtown skylines, according to the listing.

Amenities at the 57-unit building include a lap pool, fitness center and screening room.

A spokesperson for Mr. Jackman couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

The purchase comes as Mr. Jackman and his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, recently listed their apartment at a Richard Meier-designed tower on nearby Perry Street for $38.9 million. That unit is listed by Deborah Grubman, David Adler and Paul Albano of the Corcoran Group.

Mr. Jackman has starred in films such as “The Wolverine,” “X-Men” and “The Greatest Showman.” He is currently starring in “The Music Man” on Broadway.

Reprinted by permission of Mansion Global. Copyright 2021 Dow Jones & Company. Inc. All Rights Reserved Worldwide. Original date of publication:  August 9, 2022.