Hackett looks set to make a loss on the sprawling 57th floor apartment in Melbourne’s Southbank. Candice Alley and Grant Hackett at the 2010 Melbourne Cup
A buyer is believed to have paid about $2.7 million for former Olympian Grant Hackett’s luxury Melbourne penthouse, the scene of an alcohol-fuelled incident that preceded his separation from pop singer Candice Alley.
The price is lower than what the one-time golden couple paid for the sprawling 57th floor Southbank nest four years ago.
Barring an announcement from Hackett, Alley or the new owner, the price can’t be confirmed until the sale is registered with the land titles office, which is likely to take several months.
Neither listing agents RT Edgar nor Hackett’s management would comment.
Hackett and Alley bought the three-bedroom Freshwater Place property for $2.755 million in 2009, paying an additional $151,000 in stamp duty. At 256 square metres, the penthouse is larger than the average Australian home.
It includes three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a marble kitchen, a 12-seat dining room and access to Freshwater’s pool, sauna, gym, media room and garden.
In late 2011, police were called to the 57th floor apartment to find the former Olympian had up-ended a piano and smashed doors, walls and the personal effects of his wife after a boozy outing at Derby Day races and Crown Casino.
The couple separated in May 2012 and are in the process of divorcing. Ms Alley and the couple’s two daughters are still in residence.
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