Hospitality guru John Anastasiou is passionate about presentation whether it be a feast for guests or the floorplan of his architect-designed Clontarf home – which is for sale and expected to smash the $11.5m suburb record.
He installed a massive marble island bench in his kitchen so he could lay out a whole lamb or pig for diners to gather around and help themselves.
“It’s like a 6m long buffet and I like nothing more than having a full house feeding everyone,” he said.
And he insisted on cutting-edge home automation throughout the home.
John was involved in the successful China Lane restaurant chain and his brother Steve still owns China Doll but John has sold out of the business and is now content to run cafes.
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He is also looking to sell out of the northern beaches to downsize and be closer to his grown children. His solid concrete slab home with water views from every floor is being billed as “one of the finest residences on the coast.”
Even though the house is only 14 years old John and his wife Helen have refurbished it throughout taking a full year to renovate.
The four-car garage for instance has a floor you could almost eat off, an epoxy fleck floor with two coats of paint and double layers of resin.
“Presentation is a passion,” he explained.
Number 20 Peronne Ave is a four-level home on more than 1450 sqm of land a short walk to Clontarf Beach. John walks to the beach each morning, has a swim then returns home for a shower – watching all of Middle Harbour from his ensuite.
The five-bedroom home has a whole floor dedicated to living and entertaining and another level given over to a parents retreat with large bedroom, walk-in wardrobe, ensuite, 10m wide balcony and a bath with the loveliest water view.
There is also a gym, a sauna, two more balconies and a 650-bottle wine cellar.
Outside is a heated wet-edge pool and spa, a carport as well as the garage and council approval for a two-bedroom house at the rear of the deep block.
The main bathroom could also boast Sydney’s best view from the bath.
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Michael Clarke, of Clarke & Humel, said the prestige property was beautiful, functional and totally private.
He wouldn’t reveal the asking price but confirmed it was expected to break the suburb record which is for a house on the beach in Monash Cres which sold in 2018 and Cherie Humel, of Clarke & Humel, was the agent who sold it.