This huge, double fronted Spofforth St home sits on almost 700sqm.


This landmark local residence, once owned by a scandalous Sydney socialite, is set to make jaws drop at its first open this weekend.

A double fronted Federation, 56-58 Spofforth St is a five-bedroom, four-bathroom home, set on almost 700sqm.

The five-bedroom home, once famous for scandalous parties, goes to auction on April 9.

“The property was originally two semi-detached houses converted into one gigantic residence,” listing agent David Murphy told Mosman Collective this week.

“As soon as you walk through the front door you can feel its great vibe.”

Originally owned by George Hayim, also known as the “Duchess of Cremorne”, 56-58 Spofforth St was a notorious party house before his death in 2011.

“As soon as you walk through the door you can feel the great vibe,” David Murphy says.

“George was a flamboyant and outrageous local identity who loved nothing more than roaming the streets in his pyjamas or underpants,” Mr Murphy said.

“He also entertained some of the world’s biggest stars at his home.

“Neighbours can tell you stories about the time Brigitte Bardot, or David Niven, or Naomi Watts popped around for a crazy party.”


The current owners, Mr Murphy said, have spent the past decade “toning things down” to make the residence a single level, entertaining dream.

“As far as location goes, you won’t find a better position on the lower north shore,” he said.

“You can walk up the street to the Orpheum on Military Rd, or down the street to the ferry.

Zoned R3, Mr Murphy said there is also potential to develop the large block into luxury townhouses.

“It’s a peerless residence with unlimited potential.”

The current owners have spent a decade “toning the property down”, says Mr Murphy.

Features include:

  • Substantial five-bedroom home, multiple living zones.
  • King size master with palatial en-suite and study nook.
  • Incredible open plan living area with island gas kitchen flooded with year-round sunshine.
  • Spacious self-contained loft suite with modern en-suite bathroom.
  • Low maintenance rear garden with inground swimming pool.
  • Double off street parking accessed from rear.
  • Large double fronted block zoned R3.
  • Walk to shops, cafes and Cremorne Point Ferry.

Auction Saturday 9 April at 10:30am.

56-58 Spofforth St is open this Saturday 26 March at 10am.

For more information contact David Murphy or Bindi Codrington.