Liberal councillor Christine Forster, sister of former PM Tony Abbott, will get windfall at public sale forward of Mardi Gras

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Christine Forster and accomplice Virginia Flitcroft bought their Surry Hills terrace. Image: David Swift


Retiring Liberal metropolis councillor Christine Forster, the sister of former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, and spouse Virginia Flitcroft have netted a $2.705 million windfall on the sale of their residence forward of Mardi Gras.

The value paid at public sale for the Surry Hills terrace in-built 1885, reported to have been used as a brothel by earlier house owners, was $1.42 million increased than what the couple paid in mid-2010, data confirmed.

It meant they pocketed about $140,000 for annually they owned the house with out lifting a finger – no main renovation was executed.

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A visibly emotional Ms Forster instructed The Sunday Telegraph she was “unhappy” to half methods with the home after the couple made the choice to downsize to a close-by residence close to Oxford St.

The Bourke St terrace bought for $2.705m.


Christine Forster auction

Auctioneer James Hayashi dropped the hammer at $2.705m. Image: David Swift


She mentioned the terrace had served their wants nicely. “We’re good catholic lesbians with six children between us. It’s been a terrific household residence,” she mentioned.

Ms Forster added that they “liked the world” and obtained a “terrific purchase” close by. “Bourke St, it’s the most effective place on the earth, it’s a stone’s throw from the whole lot and it’s within the hub of homosexual Sydney,” she mentioned.

The sale comes as Ms Forster, a councillor for the Metropolis of Sydney, introduced final month she wouldn’t stand for preselection for the upcoming native authorities elections. She would as an alternative give attention to her full-time job as a media Adviser for a petroleum firm.

The couple’s residence went to market with a $2.3 million information. The reserve was not disclosed.

Promoting agent Jeremy Brink of Ray White-Taylor and Companions mentioned there was appreciable curiosity within the residence over the lead as much as the public sale.

Seventy teams went by means of the property on the open for inspections and 4 bidders registered for the public sale, regardless of the $2.3 million information worth.

“Having 4 robust bidders was a superb consequence,” Mr Brink mentioned. “There may be not quite a lot of inventory for individuals to select from so we’re getting good outcomes.”

Auctioneer James Hayashi acquired a gap bid of $2.34 million instantly after launching proceedings.

The bidding went up shortly in increments of principally $20,000 earlier than slowing at across the $2.6 million mark.

“There was exhausting and quick bidding which is typical of the auctions proper now,” Mr Hayashi mentioned.

The property had a worth information og $2.3 million.


There have been simply over 600 auctions scheduled for the week with greater than 85 per cent anticipated to clear based mostly on leads to earlier weeks.

In Alexandria, 22 patrons registered for the public sale of a two-level terrace on Gerrard St in Alexandria.

The property bought for the primary time in 37 years for $2.25 million — $425,000 over the reserve.

Promoting agent Brad Gillespie of The Company mentioned the higher-than-expected worth was the results of pent-up demand. “From the beginning of COVID to Christmas, lots of people took themselves out of the market and so they all landed again in after January,” Mr Gillespie mentioned.

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