Mad Max actor cashes in on $1.3 million Botany sale

If Joy Smithers ever wants to quit her official job as an actor or as a ceramicist she should take up property flipping, judging from the windfall on the sale of her Botany home.
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The three-bedroom house she renovated with her partner, former INXS manager Gary Grant, sold on the weekend for more than $1.3 million, well above the $1 million guide set ahead of this weekend’s planned auction.

The bullish purchase price returned a 72 per cent capital gain to Smithers from the $752,000 she paid for it in late 2013, although she has undertaken a renovation since then.

George Faris, of The Sydney Property Agency, was unable to disclose the exact sale price but said it sold to a young couple from Vaucluse who are hoping to live in the home.

The house, on 304 square metres, includes a rear studio with rear lane access where Smithers’ Batch ceramics were created.

Smithers, who is best known for her roles in Home and Away, All Saints and most recently in Mad Max:Fury Road as part of the The Vuvalini, has increasingly put her efforts in recent years into her ceramics.

But it is her love of renovating that is also getting plenty of creative expression of late. Records show the Smithers and Grant have bought another house in Botany marketed with “redevelopment potential” for $1.54 million.

And like the family home they just sold, the three-bedroom house on 447 square metres also comes with a separate rear studio space, although she says she plans to move her ceramics studio out of the family home.

“The thing I love about Botany is it hasn’t been gentrified yet,” she told Domain when she listed the family home last month. “There are so many gems.” Related: Joy Smithers goes from Mad Max to renovation warriorRelated: Steven Lowy expands beachfront holding by $14.2 millionRelated: Andrew Potter trades one Point Piper waterfront for another

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