Levi Strauss MD the latest fashion executive to deal a stylish home this year

Paul Sweet has sold his Brighton house for $2.58m

Levi Strauss Australia and New Zealand managing director, Paul Sweet, has banked $2.58 million from the sale of his Edwardian family home in Melbourne’s exclusive bayside suburb of Brighton.

The renovated and extended dwelling near the Martin Street shops sold against price expectations of about $2.2 million.

Configured in a terrace-style, the Brickwood Street home offers three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and two courtyards. The block – spreading 517 square metres – also accommodates off-street parking for two and a backyard with a shed.

The basement garage of Mark McInnes’ Toorak mansion

Marshall White’s Jason Collie and Barb Gregory managed the successful marketing campaign.

Their deal follows a string of designer and clothing label heads to have bought and sold this year. Here are some of the others:

Mark McInnes buys in Toorak

The head of Solomon Lew’s Premier Investments paid a price believed to be more than $12 million in about June for a triple-storey Toorak mansion with a swimming pool, tennis court, and 10+ car basement garage, following a campaign by Kay & Burton’s Gowan Stubbings and Nicole Gleeson.

The front lounge room of the St Kilda West terrace recently offloaded by Alannah Hill

McInnes and his wife, Lisa Kelly, bought this property after flipping another historic Toorak home, Sark, for $10.95 million in January. The pair paid $9.25 million for Sark in April 2016.

Alannah Hill sells in St Kilda West

Meanwhile, Alannah Hill, a professional colleague of Mark McInnes, sold her St Kilda West terrace in June, just after it passed in at auction, with one $2.325 million bid.

It is understood the property at 16 Mary Street

After seven years, Aaron Kanat finally sold his dramatic Curlewis beach house

sold for about $2.5 million following a campaign by Marshall White’s Adrian Wood.

The designer listed the home for sale twice in two weeks – an earlier campaign managed by another agency was shelved after four days in May.

Hill sold her fashion label some years ago.

Collette Dinnigan buys in Paddington, twice

Collette Dinnigan has bought two terrace homes in Sydney’s inner-city Paddington this year.

Last month the designer paid $2.2 million for a Brown Street terrace which was immediately put on the market for rent (asking $1200 per week). Earlier this year, Dinnigan and her partner, tourism entrepreneur Bradley Cocks, reportedly paid $1.925 million for an 1850s Paddington home, which had been listed by her brother.

Aaron Kanat sells in Curlewis

After 189 days on the market this time around, Aaron Kanat, the former managing director of Hugo Boss whose business interests also included Ted Baker and Flair, sold his architecturally designed Curlewis home for $5.6 million.

The deal, struck on June 30, came after a campaign relaunch in February when some half million dollars was shaved off the guide price. In 2010, the home was on the market seeking $8 million.

Kanat built the four-bedroom home on a two-hectare parcel he bought for $1.75 million in 2006.

The opulent waterfront estate at 52-60 Avila Road, which captures 180-degree views from Geelong to Melbourne, was sold this time around by RT Edgar directors Felix Hakins and Jeremy Fox.

Joseph Saba buys in Prahran East

In February it was reported veteran designer Joseph Saba had paid more than $2 million for an off-the-plan apartment in Prahran East. Saba retired after suffering a near-fatal heart attack in 2002, aged 61, selling the business he opened in Melbourne’s Flinders Lane in 1965 to Daniel and Danielle Besen (who later onsold it).

In 2014, Saba sold an Edgard Pirrotta designed beach house in Lorne for nearly $1.1 million.


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Marc Pallisco

A freelance property writer and experienced analyst, Marc is the co-founder of realestatesource.com.au