10.06.2023 Media Coverage

Baker’s delight: Inside the surprising $12m home of Star’s former CEO

Baker’s delight: Inside the surprising $12m home of Star’s former CEO

When economist-turned-sculptor Melinda Bekier says “there’s been a lot of change” in the three years since she and her husband, former Star casino boss Matt Bekier bought their Newtown home, she’s not kidding.

Chiefly, Melinda is referring to the large-scale renovation that took place behind the landmark facade of their converted warehouse, but what goes unsaid is that the project took place amid headlines profiling what has been a turbulent time for Matt on a professional front.


In March last year Matt stepped down as chief executive of the ASX-listed Star Entertainment in the wake of damning findings by the NSW gambling regulator into the casino’s money laundering controls, and has more recently been joined by almost a dozen of the casino’s former top brass in a public stoush with the corporate regulator.

Meanwhile, the last of the couple’s five daughters moved out leaving the Bekiers not only with a very glamorous empty nest, but with more time for travel to visit Matt’s family in Switzerland.

All while work has been underway on the century-old former baker that the couple purchased in 2020 for a then Newtown record of $5.8 million from 2UE’s former Sydney general manager Bob Miller and Gay Black.

The former bakery has returned to the market after a major renovation with a $12 million guide.

The property’s shopfront dates back to 1908 when it was built by baker William Dibble (and where television presenter James Dibble was born and raised), and the warehouse behind added in 1922 to create what is now a 500 square metre holding backing onto the Camperdown Memorial Rest Park and featuring a mural on the back by artist Tim Phibs.


The century-old former bakery last traded in 2020 for $5.8 million.

The interiors were gutted two years ago and redesigned by Melinda in collaboration with interiors architect Anna-Carin McNamara, opening up to a newly landscaped central courtyard and swimming pool by landscape architect Asher Cole. Textural finishes are the order of the day, from the structural steel island and brass benchtops to the original timber beams and 1930s pendant lights in the foyer that were originally in the David Jones ballroom.

A book-lined library has been a home office for former Star boss Matt Bekier.

Officially a five-bedroom home, there is a book-lined home office, a separate potter’s studio, and council approval for bees in the rooftop veggie garden.

The project took more than a year, and earned builder Joey Pamment a Young Builder of the Year 2022 award by the Master Builders Association.

The back wall of the converted warehouse has a recently painted mural by artist Tim Phibs.

Even the Newtown record is new, reset last month at $6.85 million when Woollahra-based barrister Jason Downing and Amanda Lintott, of Autonomy Co, bought a Victorian terrace on Hollis Park.

The Agency’s Ben Collier and Brad Gillespie will no doubt be hoping to lure another eastern suburbs buyer to Newtown, this time with a budget of $12 million.

Developer buys glamorous flip

Veteran property developer Ken Stevens and his wife Judit have purchased a Federation house in Mosman, known as The Bradley Residence, as a glamorous replacement for their former Cremorne Point home.

High-profile designer Anne McKevitt undertook a major redesign before The Braldey Residence sold.

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In August last year the Stevenses set a North Shore apartment record of $27.5 million when they sold their penthouse to Elon Musk’s billionaire boss and Tesla chair Robyn Denholm.

It remains unknown how much the Stevenses have paid for their Mosman home given no comment from Atlas’s Michael Coombs, but it was being offered with a guide of $15 million.

The 1904-built house on Mosman’s Bradleys Head Road was a lucrative investment for high-profile designer and former BBC lifestyle program host Anne McKevitt, and the family trust she fronted. It last traded in April last year for $9.3 million.

Drink retailer sans mortgage

Entrepreneur Irene Falcone and her husband Tim Fairservice have sold their Clontarf home and taken the $8.2 million proceeds to move up the Northern Beaches peninsula to a hilltop house in Bilgola Plateau.

The Bilgola Plateau house was listed with a $4.5 million guide by Belle’s Greg Griffin before it sold.

Better yet, the $4.7 million purchase settled with no need for a mortgage.

Falcone’s move follows the voluntary appointment of administrators in July to her Sans Drinks non-alcoholic beverage company, and the $1.8 million sale of the company to online retailer Just Wines.

Sans Drinks founder Irene Falcone is remaining with the company after it was sold for $1.8 million.

As part of the corporate agreement Falcone will stay on at the company, albeit short almost $1 million she lost as one of the company’s main creditors.

Still with the Northern Beaches entrepreneurial set, Bubs founder Kristy Carr and her husband Jeremy have sold the Newport property next door to their Bungan Beach home.

As the sold notice went up on the online marketing, news broke that Carr’s former job as chief of the infant formula player had been handed to Reg Weine by chair Katrina Rathie. It’s an appointment that follows a failed boardroom spill by Carr and the company’s recently deposed chair Dennis Lin.

Krisy Carr’s contemporary Newport home is set directly behind her weatherboard cottage that backs onto Bungan Beach. CREDIT: DOMAIN

The Carrs bought the weatherboard cottage for $4 million in 2020 as a twin set with the more glamorous house behind that they had purchased two years earlier for $8.25 million.

LJ Hooker’s Lachlan Elder declined to give up the sale price, but had a $4.7 million guide shortly before it sold.

Bubs Australia co-founder Kristy Carr sold the Bungan Beach house this week. CREDIT: JAMES BRICKWOOD

It is the first time the property has been owned independently of the house next door given previous owners, Amaysim co-founder Rolf Hansen and hotelier Ben May also owned both houses.

Credit: Sydney Morning Herald