Bruce Pollack’s legendary “Christmas House” in Paddington recently sold, marking the end of an era in the neighborhood. For more than 17 years, Pollack’s home on Elizabeth Street has been decorated with dazzling Christmas lights that have captured everyone’s attention and drawn people from far and wide. The house became an annual holiday sight and was nicknamed “The Christmas House” by locals.
Although the exact sale price was not disclosed by Raine & Horne Unlimited, findings reveal that the property fetched an impressive $4.4 million. This is a considerable amount, especially considering that the three-story, four-bedroom residence has no off-street parking and only one bathroom. Interestingly, the house last changed hands more than 40 years ago for $140,000.
The decision to sell Christmas House comes as Pollack, now 75, begins a well-deserved retirement after an illustrious 65-year career in the arts and entertainment industry. Starting at the tender age of 10, Pollack worked in a carpentry workshop at Melbourne’s St Martin’s Theater on weekends. He eventually launched his own arts and theater promotion business in 1982, successfully supporting Australian tours of famous artists such as Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Michael Crawford and Barry Humphries.
As Pollack prepared to move into a one-level residence, the daunting task of getting rid of unnecessary items proved emotionally challenging. Among the precious memorabilia he keeps in storage are signed photos of famous superstars he has represented throughout his career. Elton John, Ozzy Osbourne, Liza Minnelli, David Hasselhoff and his personal favorite, Hugh Jackman as The Boy from Oz, once graced the walls of his beloved Christmas House.
Although the legacy of the Pollack Christmas House has ended, its impact on the neighborhood and the joy it brought to countless people will be remembered for years to come. It remains a testament to the power of community, creativity and magic during the holiday season.