Fashion designer Leona Edmiston and husband Jeremy Ducker have joined forces with their next door neighbour hoping to lure a developer to buy both Bellevue Hill homes for more than $18m.
The realestate.com.au ad for 86 and 88 Birriga Road, by Laing and Simmons principal and upcoming reality TV star D’Leanne Lewis, describes the combined 2000 sqm of prime harbourside and parkside land as a “sensational redevelopment opportunity” for medium density housing.
Property records for 88 Birriga Rd show the couple purchased their Tuscan-inspired five-bedroom home with resort-style pool in manicured gardens on its 851 sqm block for $3.3m in 2007.
Meanwhile, Mark Boyce, managing director of Boyce’s Automative Data, has owned the four-bedroom, three-bathroom home on 1,125 sqm at 86 Birriga Road since 1985 when he paid $415,000.
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The two adjacent properties, which are both north-facing with stunning harbour to ocean views, are on individual titles are being offered for sale in one line.
Ducker has been Edmiston’s business partner and husband for almost two decades, and they have two eight-year-old twin daughters, Dylan and Dusty.
The family has long split their time been their Bellevue Hill home and their farm at Sutton Forest in the Southern Highlands.
They bought the farm, which they’ve done up, in 2009, and before that they had a weekender at Burrawang.
The couple have been spending most of their time there of late, with Edmiston’s Instagram post during isolation showing her relaxing at home at Sutton Forest.
It was only in March that the Wentworth Courier’s Jo Casamento wrote of visiting the couple’s Bellevue Hill home.
“It’s like entering a giant jewellery box,” Casamento said.
“Intricate treasure troves in every corner take a moment to digest and absorb.”
The house was full of beautiful items. “It’s clear this is one woman who knows her style and allows it to emanage from every pore,” said Casamento.
Edmiston launched her eponymous label in 2001 with her husband.
She told Casamento the secret to her success was adapting her business model four years ago.
“There was an explosion of e-tail shopping, killer retail rents which were crazy and it didn’t match the declining foot traffic,” Edmiston had said.
“You could see it was a recipe for disaster.”
Back then, they had 31 retail stores. The only brick and mortar stores that remain today are in the QVB and Chatswood, the head office in Alexandria and the outlet store in Balmain.
Edmiston has been in fashion since the 1980s with her fellow design student Peter Morrissey, but they parted ways after 14 years.