Adman John Singleton is selling the Killcare beach house that was once his retirement plan in order to spend more time at his Central Coast stud.
The Macquarie Radio boss has been visiting the patch of land at the southern end of Killcare Beach since he was a five years old. Back then there was a sandwich shop on the site of his now luxury retreat.
“After that it was a BYO restaurant and years later there was an old fibro house there where the old lady used to rent out her back room to me and about five mates so we could go surfing there,” Singleton told Domain.
“About 20 years ago my plan for when I get old was always to quit the farm and just live at the beach house, but now I’m old I just want to be at the farm.”
To that end Singleton bought the Beach Drive property next to the Killcare Surf Life Saving Club for a suburb record of $4.25 million in late 2007. He then commissioned a high-end residence by architect Karen Burke that was two years in construction.
The four-bedroom house was designed to make the most of its north-east aspect and prime beach access with luxury finishes, separate living areas and a self-contained studio. “The plan was I could live upstairs and family could come and stay downstairs,” said Singleton.
“But when it was all done I stayed in it one night before I realised I wanted to be back at the farm.”
Singleton says he has been approached many times in recent years with offers to buy the beach house, but is only now happy to part with it to spend more time at his Mount White estate and stud, indulging his passion for horses and his vast aviary of exotic birds.
It is listed with Gittoes’ Cathy Baker and Stephen Gittoes with bidding to start at $3.5 million at its May 9 auction.
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