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An interior view of Julia Roberts’ Manhattan penthouse. Photo: domain杭州夜网m.au Steven Spielberg has just sold his Malibu compound in a deal worth $US26 million. Photo: domain杭州夜网m.au
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The view over Manhattan from Julia Roberts’ NYC penthouse. Photo: domain杭州夜网m.au

Actor Kym Wilson has taken her Pittwater retreat off the market to consider her options after a protracted sales campaign failed to find a buyer.

Records show the Elvina Bay property was first listed at the start of this year with initial hopes of $1.35 million-plus, and were raised in March to $1.85 million given stronger market feedback.

Now based in LA with her husband, Canadian screenwriter Sean O’Byrne, Wilson bought the waterfront cottage when she was only 19 with her parents Harry and Robyn, paying $435,000 in 1993. At the time its privacy made it the ideal retreat for the budding starlet and her Wheeler Heights-based family.

Weekenders on Pittwater’s western foreshore are well known for taking months, if not years to sell. McGrath’s Jillian McGrath said the water-only access to the property made it an ideal weekend getaway but the practicalities also turned off a lot of buyers. Art deco apartment home to radio legend

When radio announcer John Harper died in 1958 then premier John Cahill lamented the passing of “one of the most popular figures in Australia’s radio history”.

Indeed, the legend of Sydney’s 1920s and 1930s airwaves was also one of the best paid at the time.

Already retired in 1952 he and his wife Jean bought a three-bedroom apartment in the tightly held art deco Mayfair building.

Sixty three years later that apartment is more of a time capsule, having been beautifully maintained in pristine condition by a recently deceased family member who later inherited it.

Still featuring the apartment’s original paint scheme and timber panelled ceilings, the three-bedroom apartment on a restricted company title goes to auction on August 3 for more than $1.3 million through Ray White Elizabeth Bay’s Ian Campbell. Moving on from Malibu

Steven Spielberg and wife Kate Capshaw have sold their Malibu beachfront compound in an off-market deal worth $US26 million, according to the LA Times.latimes杭州夜网m/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-steven-spielberg-malibu-20150713-story.html

The two-time Oscar award winner for best director (think Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan) bought the first of the two titles on the beachfront in 1989 shortly after his divorce from first wife Amy Irving.

The adjoining block was added in 2000 totalling $US6,575,000 purchase price for the 4000-square-metre property.

Built in 1992, the seven-bedroom mansion comes with the requisite home theatre, library, pool and spa, and separate two-bedroom guest house.

The Malibu property was already a decent money spinner for Spielberg. In recent years it has been rented over the summer for $US125,000 a month before it sold recently to Beverly Hills real estate tycoon Steve Gozini. Roberts lists NY penthouse 

The original pretty woman Julia Roberts has put her redundant New York pied-a-terre up for grabs for $US4.5 million.

Roberts and husband, camera operator Danny Moder, began scaling back their property portfolio this year, listing their oceanfront Hawaiian estate, the Faye Estate, for almost $US30 million.

According to Variety, the couple have owned this Manhattan penthouse since 2010 when they bought it in an off-market deal worth $US3,845,000, shortly after she had finished filming her hit Eat Pray Love. http://variety杭州夜网m/gallery/julia-roberts-lists-new-york-city-penthouse/

Set on the 11th floor of a post-war building in Greenwich Village, the three-bedroom spread comes with a spacious living area and adjoining dining room with a fireplace and glass doors that open to a terrace and city views.