The Oaks owner sells landmark Mosman home in pre-auction deal

The Oaks owner sells landmark Mosman home in pre-auction deal

The owner of iconic north shore pub The Oaks has sold his historic Neutral Bay home just days out from its date with the auctioneer.Third generation hotelier Andrew Thomas has owned the landmark, heritage listed home, known as Cossington, for 19 years.MORE: Landmark tipped to smash recordAuthor ready for a new chapter The move follows his purchase of Cassandra Thorburn’s waterfront mansion in Wonga Rd, Cremorne, in August for about $9 million.He has bought the ultra-contemporary home with his partner Catherine Slogrove, owner of award-winning company Papaya PR.Di Jones Residential sales partner Piers van Hamburg, who sold them Ms Thorburn’s house, is confirmed he had sold Cossington, at 70 Shellcove Rd, three days before its scheduled auction.He did not reveal the sale price or the identity of the buyer. The price guide for the property during its pre-auction campaign was $8 million. It is believed he had a lot of interest in the property.Mr van Hamburg said the property was one of the best houses to come to market in Neutral Bay in “many many years”.“The architecture is very unique and the use of sandstone throughout the house is amazing,” he said.According to its heritage listing on the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, Cossington is a “particularly fine example of a Queen Anne style Federation house”.The home was built in 1891 by architect Howard Joseland for lawyer Ernest Smith and is the birthplace of Australia’s first female modernist painter Grace Cossington Smith.Mr Thomas, who bought the home in 2000 from Sydney Rum Distillery chairman David Ward and his late wife Dr Michele Ward, said he had not been planning to leave his much-loved home until he saw Ms Thorburn’s house for sale.“I’ve loved it living there (at Cossington), but I’ve always wanted to live on the water,” he said.He said he had one inspection of Ms Thorburn’s home before going on holidays, leaving his sister in charge of finalising the deal. He wasn’t expecting the sale to attract the attention it did.“I try to keep under the radar but you can’t when it’s Cass Thorburn’s house,” he said.“It’s an amazing place and I can’t wait to get in there.”SIGN UP HERE FOR THE NSW REAL ESTATE NEWSLETTER


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