She's back on the market in all her resplendent glory, yet this time Villa Carla at Balgownie is expected to sell, according to the agent in charge of the sale.
The mansion, built on more than a hectare at 65 Wellington Drive, has been listed since May 2010 with various agents, who have tried without success to sell it.
It’s now in the hands of Belle Property Wollongong principal Darren Kay, who is confident it will sell on auction day.
Mr Kay said the difference this time was that the multimillion-dollar property would receive statewide and national exposure through the Belle Property network and the vendor’s expectations were in line with the market.
Mr Kay will officially list the sale on the Belle Property website tomorrow, but his agency has already received plenty of word-of-mouth interest in the property, which was the Illawarra’s most expensive home in the 1990s.
‘‘It has long been regarded as one of the South Coast’s premier properties.’’
Mr Kay said the property would go to auction on site on Saturday, November 30, at 12.30pm.
An interior designer was hired to provide a scope of works, all of which have been implemented.
‘‘That has certainly made it more presentable and it’s going to lift the appeal of the property to the market,’’ Mr Kay said.
Built in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the property was the creation of Valerio and Carla Galli.
Named in Mrs Galli’s honour, the couple spared no expense in sourcing the best materials, including imported Italian tiles – some with 22-carat gold leaf – marble, granite, sandstone and three-metre chandeliers.
Villa Carla has been previously owned by former Beechwood Homes director John Carson and developer Frank Sebastian. It was purchased in May 2006 for $3.24million by labour hire company owner and property investor Vito Pennimpede.
Mr Kay said the property had more than 1200 square metres of indoor-outdoor living space and featured a selection of large formal and casual living areas.
There were five bedrooms, including a master suite, in addition to a cinema room, wine cellar and separate study or guest bedroom on the upper level. There is also garaging for six cars. The house, with ocean views, is surrounded by landscaped grounds, terraces for entertaining, a three-stage lagoon-style swimming pool, spa, sauna and full-sized tennis court. The Belle Property Wollongong listing describes the house as a ‘‘world-class lifestyle estate with a magical sense of privacy and seclusion’’.
In 1991, the Gallis opened up their home to the Illawarra Mercury before its auction. Mr Galli explained the house took more than two years to build, but it took more than nine years to develop the site.
Starting next Saturday, agents will be conducting tours of Villa Carla to prospective buyers.