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Lifestyle : Sydney Harbour in Spring
1HERSA1 0006 Brothers, Sisters, Mums and Daddies... WWW.PADDYSMARKETS.COM.AU For opening times, parking & locations HAYMARKET FLEMINGTON FRIDAY SATURDAY FRESH FOOD SUNDAY 10.00AM-4.30PM 6.00AM-2.00PM 9.00AM-4.30PM 9.00AM-5.00PM WEDNESDAY TO SUNDAY & PUBLIC HOLIDAY MONDAYS OPENING TIMES OPENING TIMES Let us together discover and experience a whole new world full of wonders. As a member of SkyTeam Alliance, we commit to be your trusted companion to more than 900 destinations around the world with a young fleet and world-class ser vices. www.vietnamairlines.com SENSATIONAL FEEL ACROSS CONTINENTS 6 Friday, September 28, 2012 smh.com.au SPECIAL REPORT Sneaky peek at the lives of the loaded Isobel King takes to the water to ogle 10 of the city's most impressive homes. You'll glimpse them as the ferry whizzes past, or spy them from a secluded beach, fortified behind high walls and towering trees that block out prying eyes. We're talking about those flashy waterfront mansions that change hands for eye-popping amounts and are home to the rich and famous. Here are 10 to look out for on your travels around the harbour. 1. JOHN SYMOND'S HOUSE, POINT PIPER You really can't miss the McMansion of Aussie Home Loans chief John Symond. Its conspicuous location and gargantuan proportions can be clearly seen from the shores of adjoining Double Bay -- especially Seven Shillings Beach -- and many other points around the harbour. Dubbed Australia's most expensive bachelor pad when it was completed in 2006, the $50 million mansion graces a block with 75 metres of absolute water frontage. It consumes half a hectare at Wingadal Place, and has six bedrooms, all with en suites, two pools, garage space for 10 cars, a gymnasium, staff quarters -- you get the picture. The ground floor alone can apparently host 400 people. 2. WOLSELEY ROAD, POINT PIPER Named one of the 10 most expensive streets in the world, Wolseley Road sports some serious real estate porn. You won't see much from the street, except steel gates and high walls, but catch the Watsons Bay ferry around Point Piper as it makes its trip from Double Bay to Rose Bay wharf and you'll cruise past them all in a sweeping arc. The five-storey Italianate Villa Veneto, nicknamed ''The Vatican'', sold in 2010 for $44 million. Completed in 2004, the six- bedroom, nine-bathroom house has a 21-person lift and an art gallery. Ron Medich's five-bedroom, seven-bathroom mansion at 112 Wolseley Road is on the market for more than $40 million. 3. NICOLE KIDMAN'S FORMER HOME, YARRANABBE ROAD, DARLING POINT Every Sydney paparazzo worth their salt knows this one -- the former Sydney abode of Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. It's not absolute waterfront, but its vantage point on hillside Yarranabbe Road, overlooking Rushcutters Bay, makes it a conspicuous landmark. The three-storey, four-bedroom 1990 villa was sold by Kidman in 2009 for $12 million. 4. BOOMERANG, BILLYARD AVENUE, ELIZABETH BAY Around the next bay is the Spanish art-deco opulence of Boomerang. It sits on 4111 square metres of waterfront land at 42 Billyard Avenue. Designed by English architect Neville Hampson for millionaire music publisher Frank Albert and completed in 1928, its lavish Hollywood-influenced architecture includes colonnades, grilles, loggias and imposing cast-iron gates. The gardens are equally impressive. It has changed hands about 10 times since then and is currently owned by trucking magnate Lindsay Fox. Boomerang is included in City of Sydney walking tours and you can get decent views of it from the foreshore area around Beare Park in Elizabeth Bay. 5. RUSSELL CROWE'S PENTHOUSE, FINGER WHARF, WOOLLOOMOOLOO Still on the eastern side of the harbour are the apartments of
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