Hackett hoping for $2.7m for trashed penthouse
Happier times... Candice Alley and Grant Hackett at the 2010 Melbourne Cup Photo: Paul Rovere
The luxury Southbank penthouse swimmer Grant Hackett trashed in a drunken rampage has been listed for sale for at least $2.7 million ahead of his divorce from pop-singer Candice Alley.
Police were called to the 57th floor apartment in the prestigious Freshwater Place tower in late 2011 to find the former Olympian had up-ended a piano and smashed doors, walls and the personal effects of his wife following a boozy outing at Derby Day and Crown Casino.
Initially, the couple downplayed the incident. "(We) came home and had a few private issues that we needed to deal with, and we have dealt with those," Hackett told Channel Nine.
The three-bedroom, three-bathroom apartment has a marble kitchen and dining room seating for 12.
"Candice is 100 per cent OK, our apartment is 100 per cent OK and so are our twins." But the story changed following the couple's split in May 2012 and the publication of more than a dozen photos detailing the extent of the damage.
Alley and the couple's twin daughters, Charlize and Jagger, have been living in the apartment since the separation, which has become increasingly bitter as the former power couple seek to divide a fortune based on Hackett's substantial endorsement earnings and publicity work for Channel Nine.
This includes the three-bedroom, three-bathroom apartment, which has a marble kitchen, dining room seating for 12 and access to Freshwater's pool, sauna, gym, media room and garden.
At 256 square metres, the penthouse is larger than the average Australian home.
But with an asking price of $2.7 million to $2.9 million, Hackett and Alley look set to take a loss on the property after paying $2.755 million in 2009. Stamp duty on the property was $151,000.
Listing agents RT Edgar declined to comment.