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    2019 - 02.21

    Fashion designer Collette Dinnigan has bought the glamorous Watsons Bay home of James Packer’s sidekick Matthew “Ched” Csidei.
    Nanjing Night Net

    The highly stylised home with eclectic finishes was bought for between $6.5 million and $7 million. It was previously a Masonic Temple.

    Dinnigan is currently a Paddington local and owns a double-fronted, 1880s-era sandstone home on Paddington Street. That property was bought for $4.45 million in 2009 from the Paspaley family.

    Csidei and his lawyer wife Lauren Roscoe listed the Watsons Bay pad last August with Will Manning, of Ballard, and James McCowan, of Sotheby’s, following the family’s move to Europe.

    Csidei is no slouch in the stylist stakes. Known as the ‘Minister of Fun’ because of his job looking after the toys of his casino billionaire old school friend, he undertook a stunning renovation of the 1925-era property with help from his architect mate Blainey North.

    Having bought it in 2005 for $2.7 million, it was gutted to create a functional family home with the dramatic five-metre high ceilings with columns, but with an eclectic mix of finishes, including parquetry floors from an 18th century chateaux in France’s Loire Valley, arched doorways, and a 20-metre lap pool.

    Neither agent would comment on the sale price of the prized residence, nor buyer details, but a source confirmed Dinnigan and her husband Bradley Cocks had purchased the property.

    Dinnigan scaled back her fashion design business in late 2013 to spend more time with her family, but Vogue revealed in February she is set to take a step back into the industry with the launch of a new collection of lingerie designs.

    The mother of Estella, 9, and Hunter, 2, sold her Palm Beach getaway last year in an off-market deal worth $3.25 million to actor Sophie Lee and her ad agency boss husband Anthony Freedman.

    In 2011, Dinnigan sold her former Paddington home for $7.3 million, having bought it in 2002 for $4.1 million from Deke and Eve Miskin.

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