Point Piper is a small, affluent harbourside eastern suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia, 6 kilometres (4 mi) east of the Sydney CBD, in the local government area known as the Municipality of Woollahra.
The suburb of Point Piper sits on Sydney Harbour, beside the suburbs of Rose Bay, Bellevue Hill and Double Bay. The streets in Point Piper are: Buckhurst Avenue, Longworth Avenue, New South Head Road, Redvers Street, Saint Mervyn's Avenue, Wolseley Road, Wolseley Crescent, Wingadal Place, Wentworth Place, Wentworth Street, Wunulla Road, and Wyuna Road.
Point Piper was named after Captain John Piper (1773–1851). Piper was a Scottish-born military officer of Cornish parentage, who arrived in the colony in 1792 and built a neo-Palladian mansion on the point, on 190 acres (0.77 km2) of land granted by the governor in 1816. After a review of Piper's performance as head of the Customs Department showed that he had mismanaged funds (although he was not actually accused of being corrupt), Piper attempted to drown himself in Sydney Harbour. He subsequently sold his holdings at Point Piper, Rose Bay, Neutral Bay, and Petersham for £5,000 and moved to the country.
In 1834, Piper's former residence was leased by Colonel John George Nathaniel Gibbes (1787-1873), the newly arrived Collector of Customs for New South Wales and a Crown appointee to the colony's Legislative Council. Colonel Gibbes and his family resided at Point Piper House (also known as "Henrietta Villa" or "Naval Villa") until 1844, when they moved to Wotonga, on Kirribilli Point. Wotonga now forms part of Admiralty House. Point Piper House was eventually torn down in the 1850s and the site was redeveloped.
Point Piper has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:
Beaches and reserves
- Duff Reserve, off Wolseley Road, deep water point, popular for weddings and picnics
- Lady Martin's Beach, Wunulla Road
- Seven Shillings Beach, off New South Head Road
- Redleaf Pool, off New South Head Road, on Seven Shillings Beach
- The Scots College rowing shed, off Wolseley Road
- Royal Motor Yacht Club, 21 Wunulla Road
- Royal Prince Edward Yacht Club
In the 2016 Census, there were 1,424 people in Point Piper. 56.1% of people were born in Australia and 71.3% of people only spoke English at home. The most common responses for religion were No Religion 28.3%, Catholic 20.0%, Judaism 13.6% and Anglican 13.3%.
Point Piper is home to some of the most expensive and exclusive homes in Australia. There are only eleven streets in Point Piper; the main road is Wolseley Road. The price per square metre of real estate in Point Piper is one of the most expensive in the world; property writer Cindy Martin calculated in 2002 that the total value of the properties on the 1 km waterfront section of Wolseley Road was $720 million.
John Symond's mansion on Wingadal Place, reportedly cost over A$70 million to build (excluding land), easily making it Australia's most expensive, privately owned residential home. In 2007, Altona, located in Wunulla Road and Australia's second-most expensive house, was listed for more than $50 million. It was sold in 2013 for a price thought to be more than $50 million, which was a Sydney record.
Craig-y-Mor is a non-waterfront house on Wolseley Road. Australia's second-most expensive residential property, it was sold in 2008 for $32.4 million to the Chinese buyers Zeng Wei and Jiang Mei. It was previously owned by Rene Rivkin, who sold it to businessman Ben Tilley in 2004 for $16.15 million. The house has six bedrooms and a nine-car garage. The property was demolished in 2014 after the decision by the local municipality to deny this was overturned by a state judge.
Wolseley Road is the world's ninth-most expensive residential street at up to $38,000 per square metre.
- Jimmy Bancks (?? – 1952), the creator of Ginger Meggs, lived at Deloraine until 1 July 1952, when he died from a heart attack the age of 63.
- Edgar Bainton (?? – 1956), British-born composer and conductor.
- Sir Daniel Cooper, 1st Baronet, colonial merchant and politician, started construction of Woollahra House
- Chris Corrigan, Qube Holdings chairman
- Neville Crichton, car dealer
- John George Nathaniel Gibbes, a resident of Point Piper House
- Bruce Jackson (deceased), audio engineer, who lived in the mansion Altona in his youth
- Sir Frank Lowy , former Westfield Group founder and chairman
- Sir Charles Mackellar (1844 – 1926), an Australian politician and surgeon
- Dorothea Mackellar (1885 – 1968), Australian poet best known for My Country, born at Dunara, in Point Piper
- Lady Martin, Isabella Martin, estranged wife of Sir James Martin, Premier of New South Wales lived in Woollahra House
- Sir William McMahon, Prime Minister of Australia and wife Lady McMahon
- Lachlan Murdoch, businessman and wife Sarah
- John Piper (1773 – 1851), a colonial military officer who received the first land grant in the area
- Sir Frank Renouf, New Zealand financier (deceased) and wife Susan Renouf
- Rene Rivkin, stockbroker (deceased)
- John Symond, founder of Aussie Home Loans
- Doctor Frank Tidswell and his wife Edith, lived at Deloraine, next to Duff Reserve
- Malcolm Turnbull, former Prime Minister and wife Lucy, businesswoman and former Lord Mayor of Sydney
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