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paradise beckons, by Andrew Hornery - 10th December
The Sydney Morning Herald)
Beach types say they are an insular lot on the peninsula,
too content with their idyllic lives among the mansions
to bother looking over neighbours' fences. That's
what they would like the rest of us to believe.
social season at "Palmie" has begun with
legions of billionaires, supermodels, Hollywood superstars,
industrialists, sports stars and their hangers-on
taking up residence in Sydney's answer to the Cote
Cleese is renting the $30,000-a-week Kalua mansion,
which Nicole Kidman had
last year, and Elle Macpherson
has made quiet inquiries about spending part of the
summer at Palm Beach. Macpherson may be renting Kalua
(owned by the Joye family) before Cleese arrives,
as she is due to be at Palm Beach for only a week.
Tuesday privacy extensions went up on the fence around
Kalua, to keep prying paparazzi
lenses at bay. It was the same method adopted last
year when Kidman was in residence.
Woman's Day has hired guards to watch over Lleyton
Hewitt and Bec Cartwright, and their baby girl - virtual
prisoners in the $4.5 million mansion they call home.
live 100 metres from the beach and they never go there,"
a local observer said. "They have become mushrooms."
all about protecting the reported $1 million deal
Woman's Day has for the exclusive story on the new
baby. The magazine's proprietors, the Packer family,
are also more security conscious, installing cameras
on their pink compound, which has a 40-metre beach
frontage. Builders are still working on the Packer
renovations, rumoured to cost $2 million. However,
the caged enclosure where Kerry
Packer once practised his polo swings on a wooden
horse still remains.
property developers Bob and Margaret Rose have finished
building their beach pad, which one local reports
as "magnificent". Their Christmas lights
are a local attraction.
at the local canteen Jonah's could take on a slightly
less cheery dimension this year, with a 36-year feud
between the restaurant and its neighbours threatening
to boil over.
some traditions never change. Last year Amanda Nankervis
threw a black and white party at her Palm Beach abode,
with ladies wearing fabulous black and white ball
gowns. This year she is toning things down a little,
but intends to host a "formal pool party".
Gretel Pinniger (aka Madam Lash),
will be dusting off the Madam Claus outfit she bought
at Sexpo two years ago as
guests arrive for her belated Christmas luncheon,
three days after the actual event.
velvet with feathers, worn over very high black patent
boots with red flames on them
We will be serving
turkey and all the traditional trimmings," she