Late jeweler Tony White’s Potts Point mansion back on the market with revised guide of $10m

A late jeweler’s grand Potts Point mansion — visited by the likes of Kylie Minogue and Cate Blanchett — is back on the market with a $5m price drop.

A grand end-of-row terrace evoking the likes of historic New York or London residences, the extraordinary Potts Point home of the late jeweler Tony White has just been re-listed by his architect partner Alexander Michael.

The globally acclaimed designer bought the traditional 8m wide terrace at 52 Victoria St in 1978 for just $85,000 at a time when Potts Point was a bohemian neighborhood brimming with artists and musicians.

Now on the market with Jane and Samuel Schumann of Raine & Horne Potts Point Elizabeth Bay, the Victoria St home was briefly listed in late 2021 with $15m price expectations through another agency, but the guide for the June 7 auction is $10m.

Jane Schumann has the first open home on Saturday and is expecting it to be popular with the revised guide.

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“Working with such a wonderful blank canvas is a tremendous opportunity … the grandeur of the rooms and the possibility of remodeling or reconfiguring to your personal taste in such a majestic home are both fantastic aspects of this property,” she said.

On a 215sq m corner block bordering Victoria St and Challis Ave, the imposing three-storey home was built in 1910 for naval officers working at Garden Island.

Beyond the classic front veranda there is a reception hall lined with original tessellated tiles leading through to a home office and multipurpose gallery.

Used as a private viewing room for clients, the space has welcomed local guests by the likes of Jill Wran, Gai Waterhouse, Kylie Minogue, Cate Blanchett, Ita Buttrose and Julia Gillard.

White reportedly made pieces for international names such as Pope John Paul II, Barbara Bush, Lauren Bacall and Kate Middleton.

The ground floor is also home to a bedroom, a powder room and bar adjoining the rear courtyard.

Up one level and the main living area and dining space have 3.7m high ceilings complete with a 100-year old Waterford Crystal chandelier, fireplaces and French doors opening to a full width balcony.

The Carrara marble kitchen with butler’s pantry also opens to a rear deck.

On the second floor the main suite features a dressing room and ensuite as well as a wide street-facing balcony.

Two more bedrooms share another full bathroom and there is additional storage or room for a retreat in the 36sq m converted attic with large dormer windows and skylights.

Additional features of the century-old home include marble gas fireplaces, European kitchen appliances, Kauri timber floors and a secure gated entry to parking off Challis Ave.

The four-bedroom, two-bathroom property sits opposite Embarkation Park and St Vincents College only footsteps to McElhone Stairs which connect with Woolloomooloo’s dining strip.

It is approximately 200m from local cafes, restaurants, boutiques and buses, with Kings Cross station nearby.

Originally published as Late jeweler Tony White’s Potts Point mansion back on the market with revised guide of $10m

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