Higgins family affair – North Bondi apartment formerly belonging to singer hits market
Missy Higgins: ‘I was a relationship addict for a long time’
Missy Higgins sells her Abbotsford warehouse for more than $2.2 million
What hope have first-home buyers when a two-bedroom apartment in North Bondi sells for $1.72 million only a week after it hit the market.
The Wairoa Avenue apartment made a gain of 170 per cent in the 12 years since it last traded when singer-songwriter Missy Higgins bought it for $636,000 from producer and director Anna Grieve.
At the time Higgins was no ordinary first-home buyer in Sydney’s property market. In 2005, she had won five separate ARIA Awards and Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the MTV Australia awards.
That success came only a year after she broke onto the Australian music scene with her 2004 album The Sound of White, followed up by On A Clear Night.
Higgins owned the art deco apartment for a decade before she sold it to her parents in early 2015, who then did another family transfer to Higgins’ sister, artist Nicola Higgins, in November of the same year.
Monique March, of Raine & Horne Double Bay, had an asking price of $1.5 million ahead of the planned May 2 auction, but the property was snapped up on Thursday.
The buyers are a local medico couple who plan to live in the apartment while they renovate their family home and then hold onto it as a long-term investment.
It’s not the only property Higgins has parted with in the last few years – she also listed and sold her Abbotsford warehouse conversion, scoring over $2.2 million for the Melbourne apartment in March 2016.
The hit Australian singer-songwriter stepped back from the music scene in 2009 and took an extended break. She returned with the album The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle in 2012, touring again in 2016 – including performing at the 2016 ARIAs – and releasing a song inspired by the Syrian refugee crisis.