Renouf Sells Her Last Piece Of Sydney

Sydney Morning Herald

Tuesday October 21, 1997

By JONATHAN CHANCELLOR Property Editor

Lady Susan Renouf, the renowned hostess who will long be remembered for her many homes and husbands, has sold her Sydney harbourfront property.

Contracts were exchanged yesterday on her gardenia-decked Darling Point home, through Double Bay agents Ms Marcia Resch and Mrs Jane Ashton.

Lady Renouf, who will be returning to Melbourne, has paid about $2.3 million for a three-bedroom, Georgian-style apartment in Toorak. It comes with a pool and a shared tennis court.

Her Darling Point sale price and buyer are undisclosed, although the asking price was $3.5 million. The buyer is believed to be from Melbourne.

"The harbour is what I will miss the most," Lady Renouf said. "As you can imagine all I have to do is open a window or draw the curtains and there it is before me. I never feel lonely here."

Despite the sometimes harsh headlines, Lady Renouf, hostess, racehorse owner, political wife, charity worker, mother, and grand dame divorcee, had a marvellous sense of design and timing when it came to homes.

She paid about $2 million in 1994 for the then renovated Darling Point home.

Property stalwart Mr Bill Shipton built the five-level property. It lay dormant when owned by absentee investor Mr Carl Spies in the late 1980s and was then lavishly restored by stylist Mr Barry Byrne under the patronage of landlady Ms Dorothy Spry, who paid $2.4 million in 1989.

Lady Renouf's mark was making the sandy beach house and pool, located between historic Carthona and Neidpath, function as a home.

Her French-inspired home was her fifth NSW residence, the most famous being Point Piper's Paradis Sur Mer.

Paradis sur Mer, also called Toison d'Or, sold for $19.2 million, the unrivalled Australian residential record price, after Lady Renouf's estrangement from her husband, Sir Frank Renouf, in 1988.

With no more property interests in Sydney, Lady Renouf's absence will be sorely felt by the social set.

© 1997 Sydney Morning Herald

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