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Baz Luhrmann’s old surfside penthouse fetches $8.1m



The stunning home, that boasts an even more stunning view over Bronte Park, Bronte Beach and the Pacific Ocean beyond has been sold for $8.1m.According to property records the home was sold in February, with details surrounding the sale now just coming to light.Famed director Luhrmann, who is currently on a whirlwind global tour to promote his new $200m epic Elvis, owned the glorious 3-bedroom luxury apartment, simply named the ‘Penthouse’ from October 2002 to October 2005.Lurhman moved into the Bronte Rd home not long after the release of the highly acclaimed Moulin Rouge! which followed on from 1996’s Romeo and Juliet and cemented his status as one of Hollywood’s most colourful directors.MORE: Sydney’s most wanted homes this yearSimon Baker’s eccentric new Bondi digsThe property gives an insight into the lifestyle Luhrmann enjoyed in Bronte.It boasts three bedrooms on 348 sqm, including 64 sqm rooftop space with commanding never-to-be-built over beach views.Timber floors and an open plan kitchen make up the main living area, giving the apartment a relaxed beachy vibe.With sliding doors and a generously sized balcony, it represents the ideal entertaining space after a summer swim.The home is just 100m from the sand and sits above Bronte’s uber trendy cafe strip, opposite Bronte Park adjacent to the beach. It also has two car spots in an area notorious for its lack of parking and overzealous rangers.Luhrmann and his wife Catherin Martin sold the apartment, one of three they owned in Sydney, in 2005 before they moved into their $10 Darlinghurst home Iona.The couple sold that home in 2016.The Bronte apartment was completed in 1999.Luhrmann sold it to NRMA Expeditions chief, Rachel Wiseman for $3.6m.Wiseman sold it in February for $8.1m.According to property records, no major alternations or renovations have been made to the Bronte property, which means Wiseman has enjoyed growth of more than $250,000 per year since she has owned the property.The pad has barely changed since Luhrmann lived there, apparently.In December, Wiseman paid $9.85m for the former Bronte home of Deborah Hutton, the host of Foxtel’s Find Your Dream Home series.MORE: Real Housewives’ shock $30m upgradeNRL funny man’s reno with a differenceInside cricket legend’s $12m Vaucluse mansion

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