Palmer’s Kew Home Most Expensive Sale: RP Data

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Author: Nicola Trotman, Property Observer.

Date: 30 July 2013.

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Former Hunters and Collectors guitarist, Barry Palmer and his interior designer wife, Jodie Cousins’ Kew home was this week’s most expensive sale, according to RP Data.

Located at 108 Sackville Street, the six-bedroom home (pictured above) sold at its July 27 auction for $3.362 million.

Barry Palmer (pictured below) joined the iconic Australian rock group Hunters and Collectors in 1988 and played guitar on hits ‘When the River Runs Dry’ and ‘Holy Grail’ among many others. He and and his wife are planning to relocate to Los Angeles later this year.


Situated on 921-square-metres, the five split-level home was built in 1974 by architect Ken Edelstein.

Palmer and his wife bought the property 13 years ago and have since given it a few cosmetic touches.

The home features vaulted ceilings, exposed beams and polished concrete floors.

The ground level includes a Euro stainless steel hostess kitchen and a gymnasium and the lower level features a basement games room and theatre.

Located on an L-shaped block, the home includes a built in BBQ, pool and spa, in ground trampoline and a skate ramp.

Over 120 people attended the auction and it was a bid-out between three bidders, according to Mal James of James Buyers Advocates.

“This is a true entertainer’s home,” says James.

James says it’s in a great position, near a lot of quality schools and public transport, however does not have a brilliant front to back flow.

“The secondary bedrooms don’t really connect up or down easily or directly to the bathrooms, and at the end of the day the materials are basic,” says James.

The property was sold through Stuart Evans and Duana Wolowiec of Marshall White Real Estate Hawthorn.

The median house price in Kew is $1,380,000, according to RP Data.

Top 10 most expensive sales:

108 Sackville Street, Kew, VIC, 3101, six-bedroom house, sold at auction on July 27 by Marshall White Real Estate Hawthorn for $3.362 million

84 Canterbury Road, Middle Park, VIC, 3206, four-bedroom house, sold at auction on July 27 by Cayzer Real Estate for $3.055 million

14 Firth Avenue, Strathfield, NSW, 2135, eight-bedroom house, sold at auction on July 27 by Strathfield Partners Strathfield for $2.8 million

12 Botanic Road, Mosman, NSW, 2088, three-bedroom house, sold on July 23 by Richardson & Wrench Mosman/Neutral Bay for $2.75 million

36 Feez Street, Yeronga, QLD, 4104, six-bedroom house, sold at auction on July 25 by Ray White South Brisbane for $2.62 million

65 Glassop Street, Balmain, NSW, 2041, four-bedroom house, sold at auction on July 27 by McGrath Estate Agents for $2.5 million

24/93 Elizabeth Bay Road, Elizabeth Bay, NSW, 2011, three-bedroom unit, sold on July 23 by Richardson & Wrench Elizabeth Bay/Potts Point for $2.3 million

1/9 Carrington Avenue, Bellevue Hill, NSW, 2023, three-bedroom unit, sold on July 23 by BHR Estate Agents for $2.125 million

22a Gregory Street, South Coogee, NSW, 2034, three-bedroom house, sold on July 24 by Eastside Realty for $2.1 million

38 Broome Street, Cottesloe, WA, 6011, three-bedroom house, sold on July 25 by Acton Cottesloe/Peppermint Grove for $2.055 million

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