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Two years after buying one of Whale Beach’s coveted oceanfront houses, Sydney jewellery designer Sybella Morris is selling up and including almost all the furniture, but not the artworks, in the sale.
Ms Morris bought Alex Popov’s Hutt House in 2020 for $10.5m – which included furniture then too.
Now the award-winning house at the sheltered southern end of the beach has a $14m expressions of interest guide.
The family has been dealing in a bit of real estate this year, with Ms Morris and her brother, Hamish Douglass, selling the Double Bay home they grew up in for an estimated $30m in June.
Mr Douglass has been in the news for returning to the investment company he co-founded, Magellan Financial Group, in a consultancy role, recently.
Number 207 Whale Beach Rd took five years to plan and build, was completed in 2006 and won national and state design awards.
B.J Edwards, of LJ Hooker Palm Beach, said the Morris family has enjoyed the four-level house in the two years they have owned it and they bought right on the cusp of the Covid boom.
“It’s a classic lock-up-and-leave holiday house and would suit overseas buyers,” he said.
There is already interest in the property with its expansive interiors, indoor and outdoor spaces and mosaic heated pool.
The house is on 641sqm of land and has direct beach access through the reserve.
There is lift access to all levels and the top floor is dedicated to a master retreat overlooking the beach.
There is also a self-contained lower level and the middle level is given over to the kitchen, dining and living areas and a full-width deep balcony.
One of the features is a dramatic cantilevered floating staircase crafted in Canadian rock maple.
There is also a double garage with turntable plus off-street parking for four cars.
This is only the second Whale Beach listing this year — the only other sale was in Malo Rd when a five-bedroom house changed hands for $14,125,000.
Mr Edwards said typically 13 houses would trade each year in Whale Beach and there was a flurry of sales during Covid with 16 properties selling in 2021 and 19 selling in 2020.
But after the surge, very little has come to market and that is likely to be the case for the rest of the year.