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Bookie Tom Waterhouse confirmed as buyer of $13m Balmoral beauty

Balmoral Tom Waterhouse

Bookmaker Tom Waterhouse has a new house by the water, confirming rumours that started brewing in mid-November that he would be purchasing a Balmoral beachfront residence. The head of William Hill’s Australian operations reportedly bought the 1930s Mosman property with rare direct beach frontage, designed by acclaimed architect Ian Reeler, for $13million. From a family that started in the bookmaking business back in the 19th century, Tom Waterhouse and wife Hoda also own a duplex on the beach that cost them $3.5million back in 2008. Settlement papers were lodged earlier this year for the home that was last sold for $550,000 back in 1983. View the property here.  

‘Most desirable’ vineyard property in Hunter Valley listed with $10m expectations

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A trophy Hunter Valley vineyard estate called Loggerheads, last sold in 2008, has been listed with hopes of $10million. The 200-acre estate – with seven-bedroom, six-bathroom homestead, plus three adjoining pavilions – includes a Paul Bangay garden and orchard, along with the 35-year-old four-hectare vineyard. Two hours north of Sydney and in the one of the country’s most popular wine regions, the spectacular Loggerheads was previously owned by Australian Wine Foundation president Len Evans. View the property video here.

Luxury and seclusion in the centre of Cairns

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This courtyard may look like it’s in a secluded villa amongst Mediterranean foothills – but it’s really in the centre of Cairns. This four-bedroom luxury home – with potential for ten bedrooms! – is currently for sale in Cairns City, situated just a stone’s throw from the Coral Sea coastline. As well as the pictured courtyard and pool area, there’s also a private patio off the master suite. For further information view the property here.

Toni Collette sells Bronte home for $5.75m

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Toni Collette, star of Australian classic Muriel’s Wedding and TV series United States of Tara, has sold her home in Bronte, NSW for a reported $5.75million. Collette, who is based in LA with musician husband David Galafassi, sold the property shortly before Christmas. They bought the private hillside estate in 2011 for $5.5million, meaning this sale will not have covered their initial $325,000 stamp duty purchase outlay. The 5-bedroom residence is on a 1,100 square metre hillside block, “one of Bronte’s largest” – view the listing here.

Contestants for The Block sought as ‘octagonal’ site details confirmed

The Block South Yarra

The Block is currently looking for long-term couples to take part in a forthcoming series of the renovation reality contest, while plans for a future site have been revealed (despite not receiving permission from the council yet). Rumours that the eight-storey Hotel Saville in South Yarra was purchased for a future Block series, as reported in June last year, were later confirmed as true by Watercress Productions. It’s now also been revealed that the series will involve a $4.2million refurbishment incorporating seven three-bedroom whole-floor apartments. However it is not yet known how many contestants will be involved in this undertaking. It is currently believed the site is due to be renovated for the series after The Block Triple Threat, which is advertised as commencing broadcast next month. The octagonal building … Continue reading

Secluded and enchanting ‘Aveley’ now available in Dural

Aveley

Aveley, a residence hidden from sight in a blue ribbon estate, is now available in Dural. “The sound of cascading water from the fountain on the lake calms the senses”, exclaim Ray White Dural, “and the outside world disappears”. And if you’d rather find relaxation on the inside of the house, there’s a sandstone fireplace in the family room, and a conservatory room overlooking the paved courtyard and pool. The seven-bedroom home also comes with such features as a tennis court, piano room, three full-brick stables and two paddocks. View this amazing property here.

Biltmore, the Albert Park penthouse, sells for $4.5m+

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A truly historic building in Victoria’s Albert Park has had its penthouse sell for $4.55million – and you can now rent it for $3,000 a week. The apartment, known as the ‘Biltmore’, was put on the market by owners Sandra Powell and Andrew King. The couple are renowned for being avid collectors of world-famous street art and are huge supporters of the local scene, becoming patrons to many a Melburnian artist. The penthouse of the 1888 Biltmore building was bought in 2005 for around the $2.85million mark, having been converted from a hotel premises. Before then, 1888 Biltmore has had quite a dynamic history, having been built in the 19th century and designed by architect Walter S Law. It was created to be the Albert Park Coffee Palace, one of … Continue reading

Will this apartment in East Melbourne sell for $24m?

150 Clarendon Street

This apartment in East Melbourne’s 150 Clarendon Street building could possibly smash previous records if its sale for around $24million goes through. Anton Wongtrakun of Dingle Partners, an agent regularly seen on The Block, is handling the sale of the seven-bedroom property, which is the result of combining three neighbouring apartments. It includes eight bedrooms, a full-height library, alfresco terraces and a dedicated cinema room. The price tag would comfortably outdo the previous record, a sale last month in Sydney of a five-bedroom Bondi penthouse. The Pacific Bondi Beach property is said to have sold for a price “in excess of $21million.” View the property here. 

The $12.5m+ mansion up for sale in the UK – with 365 rooms

Wentworth Woodhouse

A mansion twice the size of Buckingham Palace situated in South Yorkshire, UK, is currently on the market – and boasts 365 rooms. An asking price for Wentworth Woodhouse of around £7million (over $12.5million at the current exchange rate) may seem cheap for the country’s largest mansion – especially as the new owner could, after all, potentially sleep in a different room for every night of the year. It is warned, however, that the property will need some attention; estimates are that necessary renovations could cost around £42million (over $78million). The Grade I listed manor is situated on over 100 hectares, has the longest country house facade in Europe (over 600 feet) and includes more than eight kilometres of corridor. In its recent history, Wentworth Woodhouse was home to … Continue reading

Site where the rainforest meets the sea available in Palm Cove

Rainforest meets the Sea

A tropical paradise that overlooks the tranquil village of Palm Cove, and is only 25 minutes’ drive north of Cairns city, is now on the market. Situated at the southern boundary of Buchan’s Point, the site is described as “where the Rainforest meets the Sea”. With the front entry opposite the Palm Cove jetty (which transports tourists to Double Island, Port Douglas, the Barrier Reef and more) and an additional entrance via the scenic Coral Coast Drive, the site is one of the last remaining absolute beachfront headland development lands along the east coast of Tropical North Queensland. This property is available through Ray White Commercial and expressions of interest close 12th December – find out more here.