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Recipetin Eats founder to sell North Sydney mansion after just 3 months

Australia's favourite food blogger is selling up.
North Sydney home in Hunters Hill with inset portrait of Nagi Maehashi, founder of food blog Recipetin Eats.Real Estate | @recipe_tin via Instagram

Since home cook and author Nagi Maehashi founded her food blog RecipeTin Eats in 2011, it has become one of Australia’s most trusted destinations for reliable, tasty meals that can be whipped up using simple, everyday ingredients. Her first book, RecipeTin Eats: Dinner, published in 2022, was an instant hit, breaking records and making the New York Times best sellers list. 

It’s unquestionable, she’s a homegrown success story. And it seems like that success translates not just to delicious meals on the plate or even to millions of devoted followers online, but to the property market, too. Back in March, Nagi reportedly snapped up a Victorian-era home in Sydney’s Hunters Hill for $7 million. The property was sold off-market by BresicWhitney. But now she’s backflipped on the sale, relisting it with McGrath’s Tracey Dixon. Nagi has remained tight-lipped on why she’s selling the home again so soon, but Tracey told SMH that it’s because Nagi’s simply too busy with exciting new career opportunities and projects on the horizon.

Front facade of RecipeTin Eats founder home in Hunters Hill, Sydney.
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The news comes just as Nagi announced the release of her second cookbook, Tonight: Dinners for every night of the week which is currently available to pre-order at Booktopia and Big W.

About the property

‘Daybreak’, as the property is known, was built in c1883 and last sold in 2019 for $4.75 million.

Real estate listings show that the four-bedroom, three-bathroom home is set on a 1550sqm block with a wrap-around sandstone verandah, a large swimming pool and an expansive, park-like garden.

Rear house, lawn and pool view of RecipeTin Eats founder in Hunters Hill, Sydney.
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Backyard, lawn, studio and play area at the home of Recipetin Eats founder.
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Gazing upon the home’s romantic symmetrical facade, it’s clear that it was built according to the Victorian Gothic style, which favours ornate lace detailing, steeply pitched roofs, dormer windows and ornamental finials.

According to The Heritage of Hunters Hills Green Book, Daybreak was originally built for the Lenehan family, who called the property home until 1920. 

White chef's kitchen at the home of RecipeTin Eats founder in Hunters Hill Sydney.
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Open living and dining area at the home of RecipeTin Eats founder in Hunters Hill Sydney.
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Prior to starting RecipeTin Eats, Nagi worked in corporate finance, a career she enjoyed but wasn’t particularly passionate about. It wasn’t long before the self-taught cook gave up her day job and put her life savings into pursuing something she really loved: cooking. In her website’s bio, she says her biggest inspiration was her upbringing. 

Rear backyard view of RecipeTin Eats founder's home in Hunters Hill, Sydney.
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Front door and wrap around verandah at the home of RecipeTin Eats founder in Sydney's Hunters Hill.
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“Growing up, budget was tight and even though my mother worked full time, we dined like royalty because she was so creative in the kitchen. And this is why I know it’s possible to make great, fresh food even if you’re short on time and on a budget.” Nagi’s humble beginnings and love of food saw her found not-for-profit RecipeTin Meals in 2021, which produces up to 100,000 meals annually for Sydneysiders in need.

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