Potts Point house ‘with the best renovation I’ve ever seen’ hits the market with $12m price guide

House Renovation
Stephen Nicholls

News Corp Australia Network

The Gaudi-esque staircase at 14 St Neot Avenue, Potts Point, which is built over four levels.

Anyone who’s been to Barcelona and admired the work of Antoni Gaudi will appreciate the staircase in this award-winning Potts Point house, for sale with a $12m price guide.

Richardson and Wrench Elizabeth Bay/Potts Point’s Jason Boon, who has the listing with Geoff Cox, describes it as a “masterpiece – the best renovation I’ve ever seen in Potts Point”.


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“The staircase defines the house,” says owner Mark Tough of the Gaudi-esque work of art. “The back of the house is very modern and the front is more traditional and then the staircase runs through the centre.”

The staircase leads to a rooftop terrace.

Tough and his wife Janelle bought the original early 1900s home – one of just a dozen freestanding houses in Potts Point and the only house in St Neot Ave – for $2.75m in 2012.

Tough says they spent a “tick over $4m” on the transformation in a two-year project finished 18 months ago.

The facade of the house retains its original early 1900s Federation appearance.

The house looks very different from the rear lane.

Tough, who worked in Singapore for seven years in the energy sector manufacturing batteries and renewable energy systems before retiring and returning to Australia in 2016, collaborated with architects Fox Johnston and Bennett Murada, builder Arte Constructions, interior designers Flack Studio and Hollandscapes for the landscaping on the project. It’s been featured in magazines and recognized in the Belle Coco Republic Interior Design Awards.

The formal lounge and dining room are in the front section of the house.

The modern north-facing informal lounge and kitchen lead to another north-facing terrace.

“The interior designer David Flack is very talented and just seems to get it right marrying the new with the old,” says Tough.

The staircase, with its handcrafted balustrade, leads to three bedrooms – two with marble ensuites, a laundry and a rooftop terrace with kitchenette.

There are cityscape views and even a glimpse of the Harbor Bridge.

The huge wine cellar and indoor pool are among the surprise features.

There’s so much to love about this four-storey home: the grand formal lounge and dining space with office at the front; the north-facing kitchen with Gaggenau, Sub Zero and Liebherr appliances; the beautiful finishes including marble, brass and timber; the seamless transition between inside and out; the city views; the indoor pool; the wine cellar and the double garage.