Bill Granger hoping to cook up $3.3million for his four bedroom beachside home… as he opens a new cafe down the road

  • The celebrity chef bought the house in Sydney suburb Bronte for $2.88 million in April 2008
  • He currently lives in London with his wife Natalie Elliott and three daughters
  • They plan to move back to Sydney but reportedly want a bigger home in the eastern suburbs
  • Granger opened a new Bills restaurant near the house, in Bondi, in September

Celebrity chef Bill Granger is selling his spacious Californian-style bungalow for an estimated $3.3 million because its time to upsize, less than a month after he opened a brand new beachside restaurant nearby.

The self-taught cook and his wife Natalie Elliott bought the house, situated in walking distance from Bronte beach in Sydney, in April 2008 for $2.88 million.

His new restaurant, Bills Bondi, opened down the road in September - twenty one years after he opened his first restaurant in Darlinghurst at the age of 22 .

An advert for the house boasts that it is 'privately positioned amid established gardens' and has ocean views.

Celebrity chef Bill Granger's house in Bronte, east Sydney, is up for sale less than a month after he opened a brand new beachside restaurant nearby

Celebrity chef Bill Granger's house in Bronte, east Sydney, is up for sale less than a month after he opened a brand new beachside restaurant nearby

The beach side home is expected to reach $3.3 million when it goes to auction on November 1

The beach side home is expected to reach $3.3 million when it goes to auction on November 1

The four-bedroom home goes up for auction on November 1 with Goodyear Real Estate.

Granger met his wife Natalie through one of his employees while she was working as a film producer. She now helps manage his business and they have three daughters together, named Edie, Ines and Bunny.

The family are currently based in London but plan to move back to Sydney permanently to a bigger house in the eastern suburbs, Property Observer reports.

Granger (left) bought the house in 2008. It is situated amid established gardens on a  approx 590sqm block
Granger (left) bought the house in 2008. It is situated amid established gardens on a  approx 590sqm block

Granger (left) bought the house in 2008. It is situated amid established gardens on a 590sqm block

The two level Californian bungalow is set on one of Bronte's most prized family streets and the kitchen has no doubt seen Granger cook up some tasty meals

The two level Californian bungalow is set on one of Bronte's most prized family streets and the kitchen has no doubt seen Granger cook up some tasty meals

The dining area is casual and relaxed with plenty of natural light. The self-taught cook opened his first restaurant at the age of 22 in Sydney's Darlinghurst 

The dining area is casual and relaxed with plenty of natural light. The self-taught cook opened his first restaurant at the age of 22 in Sydney's Darlinghurst 

Granger, his wife, and three daughters are currently based in London but plan to move back to Sydney permanently

Granger, his wife, and three daughters are currently based in London but plan to move back to Sydney permanently

Inside of their Bronte house, the modern white interiors are complimented by a wealth of original period features, including ornate ceilings.

The casual kitchen, where Granger has no doubt cooked up many delicious meals, looks out on to the garden.

After Bills restaurant opened in Bondi, on the website for his restaurant chain, the 45-year-old said: ‘It’s hard to believe that we’re only just opening in Bondi in 2014.

‘Bondi beach and Bills go together like surfers and boardshorts, limes and mojitos, and … hotcakes and honeycomb butter? We can’t wait to welcome you into our newest urban beach house, at the very sunny heart of the fabulous city where it all began.’

The house has well-maintained gardens and is a 'short walk to the sand, surf & buzzing beachfront cafés'

The house has well-maintained gardens and is a 'short walk to the sand, surf & buzzing beachfront cafés'

Granger boasts an international portfolio of businesses now. He has four restaurants in Japan, a couple in London, one in Hawaii and another planned for Seoul

Granger boasts an international portfolio of businesses now. He has four restaurants in Japan, a couple in London, one in Hawaii and another planned for Seoul

In an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald in September, Granger explained that Bondi was where he wanted to open his first Bills but he was 'too young'. 

'Bondi felt really right. When the lease was up on Woollahra, the opportunity to do Bondi came up and I thought, "ohhhh that sounds quite exciting".'

'Bondi has a great new energy about it. It's a lovely mixed-up crowd too which I really enjoy,' he said.

Granger moved from Melbourne to Sydney in the late 1980s and worked at the now closed La Passion De Fruit in Surry Hills as a waiter while he studied art.

Granger has been proudly posting pictures from his new Bondi restaurant (centre, right) and swims at Bondi Icebergs swimming club (left) since being back in Sydney
Granger has been proudly posting pictures from his new Bondi restaurant (centre, right) and swims at Bondi Icebergs swimming club (left) since being back in Sydney
Granger has been proudly posting pictures from his new Bondi restaurant (centre, right) and swims at Bondi Icebergs swimming club (left) since being back in Sydney

Granger has been proudly posting pictures from his new Bondi restaurant (centre, right) and swims at Bondi Icebergs swimming club (left) since being back in Sydney

His passion for food grew and in 1993, he opened a restaurant his first ‘Bills’ restaurant in Sydney’s Darlinghurst.

Next came Bills Surry Hills, then Bills Woollahra and in 2008, he opened the first Bills restaurant outside Australia in Japan.

He now has four restaurants in Japan, a couple in London, one in Hawaii and another planned for Seoul.

His huge international business expansion came at the same time he was making a name for himself on TV with BBC cooking shows that were screened around the world. 

 

 

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