Luxury Sydney mansion with grisly past as 'murder house' sells for 'well over' ...

Luxury Sydney mansion with grisly past as 'murder house' sells for 'well over' ...
Luxury Sydney mansion with grisly past as 'murder house' sells for 'well over' ...

The luxury Sydney mansion which was the scene of a grisly unsolved murder of a wealthy doctor, whose sister was also brutally murdered, has sold for 'well over' $15m.

The palatial white home - 'a piece of Hollywood in Woollahra' with swimming pool, sumptuous terrace and lush, manicured gardens - was the site of Dr Michael Chye's execution-style murder more than 30 years ago.

Known as Attunga Lodge and set on 1100sq m with exquisite park-like grounds, it became a house of horrors on the night of on the night of October 16, 1989 when Dr Chye's body was found in a pool of blood and brain matter.

The doctor had steered his bronze Mercedes Benz into the house's garage where a gunman lay in wait.

The shooter fired three times at close range, striking Dr Chye in his head and chest. 

The 1868 property hidden away at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac was soon crawling with police who learnt Dr Chye was planning to sue Sydney restaurateur Mark Caleo over a failed $3.6m property deal.

Mark Caleo was the husband of Dr Chye's sister Rita, who would meet her own violent death just 10 months later when she was stabbed 23 times.

Luxury mansion Attunga Lodge (above) has sold for $15m plus, despite being the scene of a grisly murder in the garage of a wealthy doctor who was ambushed in his Mercedes

Luxury mansion Attunga Lodge (above) has sold for $15m plus, despite being the scene of a grisly murder in the garage of a wealthy doctor who was ambushed in his Mercedes

Actress Rose Byrne stayed last year while in Sydney at the property set on 1100sq m with exquisite park-like grounds, a  swimming pool and five bedrooms

Actress Rose Byrne stayed last year while in Sydney at the property set on 1100sq m with exquisite park-like grounds, a  swimming pool and five bedrooms 

Rita Caleo (left) was stabbed 23 times and bled to death a suburb away and 10 months after her brother Dr Michael Chye (right)  was shot assassination-style by a lone gunman

Rita Caleo (left) was stabbed 23 times and bled to death a suburb away and 10 months after her brother Dr Michael Chye (right)  was shot assassination-style by a lone gunman

Ms Caleo had left a mysterious handwritten note before her death, sealed in an envelope on which she wrote: 'To be opened only if my death has been deemed unnatural'.

Dr Chye's death house was originally called Dodington and had been rebuilt in 1939 by District Court judge Humfry Henchman and his wife, Nancy.

They lived there until the 1980s, with subsequent owners including Peter Weir, the legendary film director of Picnic At Hanging Rock, Dead Poet's Society, Witness and The Truman Show.

Last year, actress Rose Byrne and her US actor husband Bobby Cannavale stayed in the five bedroom, four bathroom house which has a secluded dress circle position.

The home had been 'reimagined' by one of its owners, the property developer, Bill Shipton, who transformed it into an exquisite family estate of magnificent proportions and masterful architectural design. 

Police investigating Michael Chye's murder at Attunga Lodge in 1989 learnt allegations from his friends that Mark Caleo had made violent threats against the Malaysian-born doctor.

Dr Chye had emigrated to Australia from Malaysia alone at the age of 17 to further his education. 

Sydney restaurateur Mark Caleo (above) was arrested 25 years after his wife's violent death and is currently serving a maximum 12 years jail for soliciting her murder

Sydney restaurateur Mark Caleo (above) was arrested 25 years after his wife's violent death and is currently serving a maximum 12 years jail for soliciting her murder 

Rita Caleo's handwritten note to her solicitor stipulated it be read 'in the event that my death is unnatural' and pointed the finger of blame directly at her husband, Mark Caleo

Rita Caleo's handwritten note to her solicitor stipulated it be read 'in the event that my death is unnatural' and pointed the finger of blame directly at her husband, Mark Caleo

Real estate agents are bound to dislcose any recent violent past to buyers, but the Attunga Street mansion had undergone significant renovations since Michael Chye's 1989 murder

Real estate agents are bound to dislcose any recent violent past to buyers, but the Attunga Street mansion had undergone significant renovations since Michael Chye's 1989 murder

 He and Rita Caleo were the children of a senior-ranking police officer in Malaysia. 

One of the last things Rita Caleo ever did was host a lavish dinner party for four close friends at her upmarket Double Bay townhouse.

It was August 10, 1990 and during the evening, she received several phone calls with 'no-one' at the other end

Her husband Mark was still at their restaurant in Brighton-Le-Sands, but the Caleo marriage was in trouble after Rita discovered he was having an affair with a woman she knew. 

Mark loved money and owned a Porsche, a Mercedes-Benz and a Rolls-Royce, whereas Rita loved gold jewellery and wore a gold Rolex and bought up to $50,000 worth of jewellery at a time.

After saying goodnight to her girlfriends, Rita went into her bedroom ensuite.

The Caleos' nanny and and their young girls, aged four and 16 months, were asleep in an adjoining bedroom. 

Mark Caleo, above after his 2015 arrest, loved money and especially flashy cars and conspired to murder his wife after she cut him out of her will over an affair he had with another woman

Mark Caleo, above after his 2015 arrest, loved money and especially flashy cars and conspired to murder his wife after she cut him out of her will over an affair he had with another woman

Actress Rose Byrne and her partner, US actor Bobby Cannavale (above in New York City in September) spent part of 2021 living at the mansion where the murder took place

Actress Rose Byrne and her partner, US actor Bobby Cannavale (above in New York

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