A house that has riven a family apart has been sold
It is arguably Sydney’s most famous trophy house, hosting extravagant soirees and providing lodging for celebrity guests across the decades.
Altona, a mansion in the city’s swanky Point Piper suburb, has come under Chinese ownership in recent years, a trend that is now set to continue with the recent sale of the mansion to a high-net-worth Chinese family based in Hunter Hills.
Jiaer Huang, chairman of Chinese paper manufacturing company Shantou Dongfeng Printing, and his family have been identified as the new owners of the Victorian Italianate-style mansion, Domain reported. The Huangs have acquired the house for AUD60 million (USD44.8 million).
Son of Huang Bingwen, one of Australia’s 20 richest people, Jiaer is a prominent Liberal Party supporter.
The Huang family bought the property from Wang Zhijun, who heads the luxury real estate development firm Qingdao Anteisin Group. Wang had purchased the property in 2013 from publisher Deke Miskin and his wife Eve for AUD53 million (USD39.6 million), a record in Sydney at the time.
Altona has been at the centre of a family dispute that involved Wang, who did not have permanent residency in Australia, gaining ownership of the property via a family trust fronted by Ding Xiuzhen, matriarch of a Melbourne-based Chinese family.
“It’s brought nothing but stress and greed to my family,” said her daughter Holly Chang in an interview with Domain. “We all thought it was going to be this lovely house, but it has left me estranged from my son, my brother, my mother, father and my sister.”