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Tim Minchin has his eye on $10m mansion

The comedian Tim Minchin was spotted at the open home of a ‘beachside manor’ in Coogee with a price guide of $9m-$10m on the weekend.

The grand three-level 1900s building with seven bedrooms at 197-199 Beach St is in fact two residences on one title with DA approval to convert it back into one home.

Owned by interior designer Annie Benjamin, who bought the unique property for $2.95m in 2007, it’s recently been updated and is set to go under the hammer on September 5 via James Ball and Clint Ballard of Ballard Property.

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It’s unclear if Minchin and wife Sarah, who are already Coogee locals, are planning an upgrade from the Stephen Varady-redesigned P&O style home they bought for $5,875,000 in 2016 ahead of their return to Australia from Hollywood in 2017, or if they were simply window-shopping.

Bought from the car dealer Steve Nasteski and his wife, actor-turned-singer Alisa Gray, the Minchin’s current home has ample room their two children, Violet, 13, and Caspar, 11, and dog, Sonny, with five bedrooms and five bathrooms, formal and informal living areas, a library, pool and garage for two cars.

It also has an ocean view.

But the Beach St property has an even better view — the rooftop deck has awesome views over the beach, Wedding Cake Island and the coastline.

It’s described as being perfect for a large or multi-generational family or as a “home plus investment in one of Coogee’s most inspiring settings”.

The current two residences — one with four bedrooms and the other with three to four bedrooms — come with designer kitchens and bathrooms and are on a 453 sqm block.

There’s triple parking and landscaped gardens with a heated pool.

The property featured on the cover of House & Garden magazine last December.

The British-born Minchin, 44, raised in Perth, is estimated to have a net worth of $6m, and is famous for his adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Matilda, which wowed audiences in New York, London and Sydney and won a Tony Award and Olivier Award.

In 2013 starred inthe TV series Californication and a year later he wrote the book, Storm.

He’s also won awards at the US Comedy Arts Festival, the Helpmann Awards for best comedy performer and appeared in multiple comedy shows along with being a talented musician, producing multiple CDs and DVDs.

Minchin was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2020 Australia Day honours.

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