Stefanovic’s ‘divorce mansion’ for sale
THE luxury waterfront "dream family home" turned "divorce house" bought by Cassandra Thorburn and then Today Show host Karl Stefanovic just before her bitter split is up for sale.
Bought for $8m in June 2016 by the highest paid man in television on his $3m a year pay check, it was planned as a trade-up from the family home in which the then media power couple had brought up their three children.
The house is on one of the elite North Shore Sydney suburb of Cremorne's most desirable streets with private boatsheds, jetties and pontoons for the many yachts which bob on Willoughby Bay.
But Stefanovic would never move in.
Just months after putting an $800,000 deposit on the 650 sqm property with a knockdown old home, the TV star left Thorburn in an acrimonious separation after 21 years of marriage.
The estranged couple had to commit to the Cremorne purchase or lose their deposit.
By November that year, Thorburn and Stefanovic had sold their traditional, five bedroom Federation house in Lindfield for $3.875m.
In December, he met younger shoe designer Jasmine Yarbrough, now Stefanovic's second wife, and their relationship blossomed in early 2017.
By late 2017, Thorburn and her two sons and daughter, aged in their early to late teens, had moved into a newly built and lavishly renovated five-bedroom, two-kitchen, four-bathroom house.
The three-storey concrete pile is now returning to the market as part of her and Stefanovic's divorce settlement.
Domain reported the house will hit the real estate market in spring, with only "qualified buyers" being taken through to see what finishes Thorburn chose for the interior.
On the market for $9m, the house has an indoor swimming pool, steam room, wine cellar and planning approval for a jetty.
Karl Stefanovic, who was sacked from Nine's Today last December, has recently been the subject of a campaign to get him his old job back as the show's ratings have slumped.
Still on Nine's payroll, Stefanovic is due to appear on screen with a new series of his ratings hit, This Time Next Year.
The younger Stefanovic, who was overheard complaining in a March 2018 Uber ride to Karl about his Nine colleagues, is co-anchoring First Edition with journalist and presenter, Laura Jayes.
Originally published as Stefanovic's 'divorce mansion' for sale