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Beauty and the beach

Date: 31/10/1999
Words: 424
          Publication: Sun Herald
Section: News
Page: 41
A CHANCE of owning the pretty flat had attracted the likes of actor Belinda Emmett.

Located in Bondi Beach, it had a lot on offer: large and sunny, two pleasant bedrooms, a sunroom and a three-minute walk to the beach.

So it was no surprise that Emmett, former star of TV soap Home And Away, had inspected the property prior to auction.

The sale had also attracted another actor, Jenny Apostolou, who is to make an appearance on Home And Away next month.

Both young stars were impressed that the ground floor flat had its own backyard.

``The unique feature, apart from its brilliant location, is the rear deck and a big section of the garden exclusively belonging to the flat," said agent Ron Bouer of Raine & Horne Bondi Beach.

Unfortunately for Emmett, 24, the 50 or so people who attended the on-site auction yesterday were also keen to snap it up.

In the end the actor, who had a scare with breast cancer last year, didn't buy the place. In fact she didn't bother turning up for the auction.

Interest in the spacious flat in Sir Thomas Mitchell Road had been strong and the expected sale price had been pushed beyond her limit.

Instead it was purchased by young couple Curtis Smith and his fiancee Jennie Jarick, who paid $461,000, well above the reserve price.

It is understood Emmett, who has looked at several flats in Bondi, only had around $350,000 to spend.

The actor, who now hosts the television show All Time Greatest Bloopers and was this year nominated for a gold Logie, had decided to move to the suburb as she is house-sitting in the area and loves the beach.

Apostolou has also been looking for an flat in Bondi. On Thursday night she was disappointed when she missed out on a unit in nearby Bondi Road, which was sold, also by Raine & Horne, for $297,000.

Yesterday, Mr Smith, a property consultant with investment bank Warburg Dillon Read, said he was pleased with his purchase.

``It's sensational," he said. ``I won't be selling it for a long time."

Mr Smith, a first time home buyer who has rented in Bondi for eight years, said it had been hard to find something in the popular suburb.

Highlights of the flat, in a block named Sunnyhurst, included polished floorboards, a sunroom, high, ornate ceilings and an internal laundry.

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