The Sydney secret weekender spot

The Sydney secret weekender spot

Wealthy Sydneysiders favour a remote and very private spot to buy a weekender and now the

daddy weekender of them all is for sale.

Maritana is a 1920s sandstone beauty on 2380sqm of land, no neighbours and is a five-minute boat ride to Church Point on the northern beaches.

The owners of this handmade waterfront weekender at 61-61 Douglas Estate, Elvina Bay paid $6.25 million for the five-bedroom house in 2007 and are hoping to sell for a figure higher than that.

If they do it will be almost double the highest price paid in Elvina Bay all year. The property already holds the record for the three water-access suburbs of Elvina Bay, Lovett Bay and McCarrs Creek.

Lachlan Elder, of LJ Hooker Mona Vale, said most of the buyers on Pittwater’s western foreshores are people from the Eastern suburbs wanting a private holiday home still within reach of the city.

“The absence of neighbours on both sides of the property provides unrivalled privacy so rarely seen in Pittwater and in Sydney more generally,” he said.


There are 178 properties in the two adjoining western foreshore communities of Elvina Bay and Lovett Bay and this year 11 of them have sold. Sales ranged between $650,000 and $3.2 million and a couple of them were also historic properties like Maritana.

Ventnor at 39 Sturdee Lane, on 3274sqm of land sold for $2.75 million in March.

And Langley, at 6 Sturdee Lane, sold in August for $2.87 million.

But Maritana is in a whole new league on a large deep waterfront block with boatshed, launching ramp and deepwater jetty for a yacht or cruiser.

It has a 52-metre-wide waterfront, a sandy beach, jetty and boatshed in beautiful gardens with sandstone terraces. Surrounded by national park, Maritana was built using jarrah, kauri and spotted gum by the Gibsons of retailers Foy & Gibson in the 1920s. It’has also featured in the magazine Vogue Living.

The house faces north east and has magnificent views of Pittwater.

“Maritana is an exclusive estate that only a select few will ever be privileged enough to call their own. Offerings such as these are tightly held and rarely change hands; instead they are often passed down through the generations,” Mr Elder said.

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