She affectionately refers to her $9million waterfront mansion in Cremorne, Sydney as a ‘labour of love’.
And on Thursday, Cassandra Thorburn spoke about her involvement in the redesign process of the Wonga Road property, ahead of its sale as part of her final settlement with ex-husband Karl Stefanovic.
The mother-of-three, 48, told Mosman Daily that she never intended for the unfinished home to be a long-term living arrangement when she purchased it with Karl in 2016, just months before they separated.
Labour of love! Cassandra Thorburn (pictured) has spoken about her involvement in redesigning her $9million waterfront mansion in Cremorne, Sydney, ahead of its sale as part of her final settlement with ex-husband Karl Stefanovic
But after their split, Cassandra was given free reign of the floor plan design and interiors, which she said took another 12 months to complete, before she and her children moved in.
Looking back on the process, which she called a ‘labour of love’, Cassandra said she was really proud of the end result, which combines contemporary design with classic beach house features.
‘I loved having the honour of designing a home from scratch that will outlive me,’ she said.
Creative license: Cassandra never intended for the unfinished home to be a long-term living arrangement when she purchased it with Karl in 2016, just months before they separated
New look: The former couple renovated the knockdown rebuild into a five-bedroom ‘masterpiece’, complete with a huge kitchen and three bathrooms
Cassandra added that she was well aware the mansion wouldn’t be her long-term home when undertaking the redesigning process, so she specifically chose features to suit a wide range of families.
While she won’t be living at Wonga Road, Cassandra intends to remaining in the area and won’t be moving far when she eventually does relocate.
‘I have lived on the north side for 14 years and love it. A couple of my children are still school-age and being within close proximity to their school is a priority for me,’ she said.
Spacious: The mansion has two large terraces which are perfect for entertaining and offers endless views of Middle Harbour and Willoughby Bay
Lavish: The prestige home has a luxurious indoor pool (pictured) as well as a steam room, large media room and wine cellar
She said the property’s north-facing position is one of her favourite features, adding that it provides a sense of ‘seclusion’ while also being close to the busy hub of Neutral Bay and Cremorne.
Piers van Hamburg of Di Jones Real Estate, which is marketing the property ahead its official spring launch, praised Cassandra for her input during the redesign process.
‘Cass has done a great job – she has made a lot of changes to the original floor plan which are geared towards family,’ Mr Van Hamburg said.
It was revealed earlier this week that only qualified buyers will be able to inspect the prestige home ahead of its official sales campaign later in the year.
Purchase: Karl and Cassandra paid an $800,000 deposit on the 650sqm block in June 2016, just months before they separated and were forced to either follow through with the purchase or lose their deposit
Moving on! Karl Stefanovic and ex-wife Cassandra Thorburn are gearing up to sell their $9 million ‘dream home’ in Sydney’s Lower North Shore. Pictured here in 2012
Cassandra and Karl paid a $800,000 deposit on the 650sqm block in June 2016, and were forced to either follow through with the purchase or lose their entire six-figure deposit, according to Domain.
The lavish property boasts floor-to-ceiling glass doors which offer sweeping waterfront views of Middle Harbour and Willoughby Bay.
The home is perfect for entertaining as it offers a luxurious indoor pool, steam room, media room and wine cellar.
Modern luxury: The home boasts floor-to-ceiling glass doors which offer sweeping waterfront views and lift access to all floors
The mansion, which has two large terraces, also features lift access to all floors, a private boathouse and a soon-to-be-built jetty.
Karl and Cassandra purchased the property after selling their marital home in Lindfield for $3.85million in 2016.
They had first purchased the five-bedroom, three-bathroom Lindfield home for $2.3 million in 2010.
In mid 2016, Karl and Cassandra separated after 21 years of marriage. They finalised their divorce earlier this year.
The former Today host married his second wife, shoe designer Jasmine Yarbrough, in Mexico on December 8.
Close by: Karl, 44, is living in Mosman with his new wife Jasmine Yarbrough, 34. The pair were married in a lavish ceremony in Mexico last year. Pictured in 2017