One of many authentic residents of the long-lasting Darlinghurst tower Horizon, singer songwriter Don Spencer OAM, is lastly promoting up after 21 years and he says: “I by no means get sick of the view.”
Spencer, who can also be well-known for being the presenter on Play Faculty in each Australia and England between 1968 and 1999, purchased the level-10 two-bedroom, two-bathroom north-facing condo at 1003/184 Forbes Street within the Harry Seidler-designed 43-storey constructing for $670,000 in 1999.
But it surely’s now hit the market with Raine and Horne Double Bay principal Martin Maskin and Jean Michele Rudsdale with a $2.25m information forward of a forthcoming public sale.
Spencer is shifting to Rose Bay to be nearer to his daughter, the actor, singer and songwriter Danielle Spencer, beforehand married to Russell Crowe, and his grandchildren, Charlie and Tennyson.
Don Spencer says it was “positively the view” that impressed him to buy the condo all these years in the past.
“A very long time in the past once I was doing cabaret and my excellent mate used to play piano on the Prime of the City, when it was a nightspot somewhat than residences … it had this night-time view of town which was magnificent,” he mentioned.
“Then I went abroad for a very long time and got here again to that exact same place for dinner with my household and I mentioned ‘Isn’t this probably the most magnificent view on the planet’.
“And I noticed this constructing, which turned out to be Horizon, that I’d by no means even heard about.
“The very subsequent morning I went for a drive across the space and the constructing nonetheless had scaffolding and a number of the streets had been blocked … and I discovered a entrance door and a little bit signal saying ‘non-public sale’ and the variety of the condo.
“I pressed the doorbell and walked in and noticed the view and mentioned ‘this’ll do me’, so I purchased it.”
Spencer solely realised later that Horizon was constructed on the premises of the previous ABC Radio studios the place he’d labored for a few years and recorded albums, and throughout the highway from a church the place he used to rehearse Play Faculty.
Other than the view, which additionally contains the Opera Home and Harbour Bridge together with town skyline, the condo is the one format within the advanced the place the 2 bedrooms, kitchen and dwelling space all face north which lets within the most quantity of pure mild.
“It’s the proper location [in the building] — not too excessive, not too low and also you get that stunning view,” he mentioned.
“It’s a unbelievable iconic Harry Seidler constructing and also you’ve acquired all of the services — the pool, gymnasium and concierge — and you may stroll to town in 10 minutes.”
He says he’s going to overlook it. “It’s been a long-time coming, however I’m not leaving as a result of I don’t prefer it — I like it!
“However I’m shifting across the nook from my daughter and grandchildren.”
When requested about specific recollections, he mentioned: “I’ve had 20 New Years Eves in a row right here and everybody’s your greatest good friend on New Yr’s Eve … it’s simply acquired the proper view.”