If you’re in the market for a multi-million dollar mansion with colonial charm, stunning views and a glittering swimming pool, Joe Hockey has you covered. The former Federal Treasurer has put his Hunters Hill, Sydney, property on the market for a cool $8 million.
It comes as reports swirl he may be preparing to move to Washington DC for good, where he is currently serving as Australia’s ambassador to the United States.
Hockey and his wife, Melissa Babbage, purchased the lavish Lower North Shore property in 2004 for $3.5 million. Built in 1906, it features four bedrooms and three bathrooms as well as a large living area and a stunning sunroom.
The 1400 square-metre estate is called Te Roma and is a fully renovated manor. According to the listing, its “gorgeous traditional details combine with sympathetic contemporary touches to create a family residence of timeless beauty and modern appeal”.
The property has a two-storey floor plan and is in a desirable location near to Weil Park and Marist Sisters’ College and an easy walk to the ferry, Woolwich Pier Hotel and Hunters Hill village cafes. From the photos, it looks very glamorous.
The backyard features alfresco entertaining areas, a heated pool and spa and a large poolside cabana. Nine News reports it was previously listed for rent at $4000 a week.
The property also features designer fireplaces, a butler’s pantry kitchen, Kauri pine floorboards, custom joinery, an indoor movie theatre and a 3000-bottle wine cellar.
In recent years, Hockey has sold off a number of properties, including his Canberra residence for $1,515,000 in 2016. Hockey came under scrutiny in 2014 when it was revealed he was claiming a $270-a-night taxpayer-funded traveling allowance to stay in the same Canberra residence, the majority of which was owned by his wife.
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