Is this Australia’s best beach house? Ian and Sissy Bishop certainly think so, the couple that watched the six-bedroom property being built in one of Queensland’s most idyllic spots ten years ago, as they soon bought it for $4million. The 75 acre property in the Whitsundays, known as ‘Heaven’s Gate’, will soon go to auction. It includes the main two-storey residence and a separate two-level caretaker’s residence, plus the private beachfront. There’s also a wet-edge pool, two heated spas, cinema, tennis court, gym and, if required, a helipad too. And, according to the Bishops, it is positioned to be one of the only places on Australia’s east coast where you can see the sun setting over the ocean. View the property here. Via The Real Estate Conversation
For the chairman of paint company Dulux, it’s perhaps surprising that Peter Kirby seemingly decided to make all the walls in his Kirribilli home white. But that didn’t impede the sale of the harbourfront residence at auction recently, where it went for $6.5million – about $1million above what Kirby and his wife Erica were expecting. The 180 square metre, three-bedroom apartment in the prestigious ‘Kirribilli Grande’ complex was bought by the couple for $3.2million in 2001. Perhaps its most envious feature is the view of Sydney Harbour, which can be enjoyed from a private terrace, and was billed by agent David Gillan as “ringside seats for New Year’s Eve fireworks”. Check out the property – and its views – here.
Ballernoo, the 1906 trophy home owned by the Demlakian family in Killara, is now for sale – and reportedly taking offers over $15million. The nine-bedroom mansion, which also has seven bathrooms and over 1,000 square metres of combined living space, comes with a heated pool, golf driving range, a one-bedroom guesthouse and championship-sized floodlit tennis court. View this spectacular property here.
Situated on Mount Lofty Summit Road, historic estate Eurilla is one of Adelaide’s most beautiful and grand homes – and it’s now for sale. Originally built as a summer residence for one of South Australia’s prominent gentry, Sir William Milne, the five-bedroom stone mansion has been lovingly maintained and retains its historic charm. The home’s impressive entrance gives way inside to a spectacular, hand-built mahogany staircase, while the elegant drawing room, dining room and spacious family room all include fireplaces. The home also comes with a conservatory that looks over the stone courtyard and a guest wing that contains its own cellar, bedroom, bathroom and library. The five-acre grounds include the original self-contained stone cottage, stables, and a tennis court. View the property video here. Via The Real Estate Conversation
‘Alcooringa‘, a 1930s Moorish-style trophy home in Bellevue Hill designed by F. Glen Gilling, is now on the market – and it’s reckoned it might fetch over $25million. The home, which has harbour views that can be savoured from the generous terrace, comes with many sumptuous features such as a ballroom, private chapel with vaulted ceiling, Italian chandeliers, marble floors, and a detached three-bedroom guest cottage. View the property here.
A mansion currently available in Springfield, built by hotel tycoon Peter Hurley, is tipped to become South Australia’s most expensive home. 9 Hillside Road, built by Hurley in 1998, is billed by Adcorp Property Group as “unquestionably one of South Australia’s most spectacular estates”. It last traded hands in 2008 for $4.2million. The home, set on a 2,200 square metre block, boasts 1,000 square metres of living space including five bedrooms, four bathrooms, a tennis court, gym, billiard room, indoor pool, home cinema and parking for 22 cars (including 10 in an underground garage). The master suite comes with his and hers walk-in robes and a marble ensuite. While the agents are not currently quoting a price range, it is thought the sale will top the previous SA sales … Continue reading
Gruyere Farm is for sale for only the second time in 30 years. The beautiful 97-acre property currently combines Yarra River frontage, productive pasture, natural woodlands, and a premium vineyard. A three-bedroom cottage, hay shed and machinery shed are other valuable additions. The timeless stone and brick homestead has been designed to capture views of the Yarra Valley, built by craftsmen to be both luxurious and practical. The stunning entry hall of the home leads to casual and formal living areas, featuring stone floors, exposed wooden beams and open fireplaces. All four bedrooms have ensuites, while the landscaped gardens contain a tennis court and a pool with spa and sauna. View the property here. Via The Real Estate Conversation
Australian treasure and Acadamy Award-winning actress Cate Blanchett has listed her home in Hunters Hill, and is hoping to sell for $20million. ‘Bulwarra’, the five-bedroom heritage residence built in 1877, was purchased by Blanchett and her director husband Andrew Upton in 2004 for $10.2million. The sale is said to be due to the couple’s plans to move to the USA. The sandstone riverside home sits on a 3,460 square metre estate, was reinvented by Lesiuk Architects, and comes with a master retreat in a private wing, pool pavilion, tennis court and more. View the property here.
Occupying 2.5 acres on aptly-named Retreat Street, this extraordinary home provides a luxurious, secluded sanctuary in Bridgeman Downs. Designed by architect Richard Foley, the home is a combination of Queensland Colonial and Hamptons styles, with two expansive levels and multiple living and dining spaces both inside and out. The central gourmet kitchen is the heart of the home, with adjacent open-plan living and dining areas. The home is a showroom of outstanding craftsmanship using materials such as Blackbutt timber and Western Australian Jarrah. The four-bedroom property comes with a home theatre, office, library and games room, while the vast grounds contain a pool, tennis court and separate guest house. View the property video here. Via The Real Estate Conversation
James Packer - Crown Limited chairperson and inheritor of the Consolidated Press Holdings company from father Kerry Packer - has sold his Sydney mansion ‘La Mer’ for the highest price ever paid for an Australian property. While the exact total hasn’t been disclosed, it is believed to be over $60million, possibly even $70million – and the buyer has recently been revealed too. It was reported earlier this week that billionaire businessman Dr Chau Chak Wing was the purchaser of the mega-mansion in Vaucluse, as sold by Christie’s International in association with Sotheby’s International. Dr Chau is perhaps best known in this country as the name behind the Dr Chau Chak Wing building at the University of Technology in Sydney, which he is thought to have donated $20million towards. He is also said to … Continue reading