A highly significant masterwork by a hugely influential Australian architect is due to go to auction at the end of the month. The Boyd Baker House, designed by Robin Boyd, has previously only had two owners, the first being the person who commissioned it (namely mathematician Dr Michael Baker). Baker had asked Boyd to build an “Australian homestead” surrounded by bush, which Boyd duly succeeded in doing. Made up of three distinct buildings – the main house, an apartment built for Baker’s mother-in-law, and a library – the property sits on over 30 acres of bushland in Victoria’s Long Forest. Baker then sold the property in 2006, where it was turned into an events space. View the property here.
A stunning, state-of-the-art home built for a devoted Star Trek fan is back on the market in Elanora Heights, North of Sydney – which is why it has the sleek and sophisticated look of the Starship Enterprise. Surrounded by Garigal National Park on a secure 5 acre estate, the six-bedroom residence was created to be as much a piece of art as it is a place to live. But living in it would certainly be luxurious: it includes six bathrooms, a professional home office, a separate self-contained guest suite, five-car underground garage and a home cinema with fifteen velvet-clad seats. While not looking at the screen – perhaps you’d want to have a viewing of Next Gen episodes? – you could admire the photos taken by … Continue reading →
A home awarded Australian Home Of The Year on its completion is now on the market in the Hunter Valley region, and is being sold by supermarket stalwarts Richard & Mary Owens. The Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired prairie-style home, set on a 150-acre estate at the foothills of the Wollemi National Park, is just two hours’ drive from Sydney and features a working vineyard and cattle-grazing land. The seven-bedroom home itself, meanwhile, features four private guest suites, an underground cinema, custom library, fitness centre, extensive underground wine cellar, business centre, loggia, tennis court, basketball court, spectacularly landscaped lagoon pool and games wing. The Owens grew a collection of local stores into the Bi-Lo supermarket chain, and Richard was awarded a medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2000. … Continue reading →
A spokesperson for the company controlling the Neverland estate, a private home and fairground built for the late pop superstar Michael Jackson, has stated that the property is being considered for sale – and that plans had been underway before the singer’s demise. Owen Blicksilver, spokesman for Colony Capital LLC, said that his company were still in talks as to whether the Californian ranch would be put on the market. Jackson handed over the title on Neverland to Colony Capital in 2008, but then died in June 2009 after an anaesthetic overdose. Before his death, the company had been discussing a renovation on the estate in preparation for putting it up for sale, with hopes of $70million or more. As well as rumours of celebrity purchases – Justin … Continue reading →
St Kilda, the vibrant seaside playground just eight minutes’ drive from Melbourne’s CBD, is well known for its gorgeous beach sunsets, laid back attitude, ﬁne dining and cosmopolitan lifestyle. It is here in which Leroy Apartments are now taking enquiries. Choosing to buy into Leroy is more than just buying an apartment. It’s buying into a lifestyle, and an extremely vibrant one at that. Situated in the heart of a culture and community that is always current, its progressive architecture, contemporary urban design and luxury ﬁnishes sit perfectly amongst the exciting surroundings and colourful contrasts this high-demand suburb has to offer. Perfectly positioned on Pakington Street St Kilda, in a pocket between Carlisle and Inkerman Streets and just off Chapel Street, you’ll feel an instant connection to the pulsating energy … Continue reading →
Situated 37 levels above Brisbane City, you’re bound to get some great views from this apartment by Macrossan Residences. But there’s also plenty to look at inside – including a marble foyer! The apartment, which takes in panoramic views that include the CBD, Spring Hill, Brisbane River and The Valley, comes with ensuite master bedroom and travertine-tiled bathroom. The property also comes with access to the the building’s private wine cellar, pool and sauna facilities. View the property video here.
It’s been a bad time recently for international supercreep Robin Thicke, seeing as his album created to ‘win back’ ex-wife Paula Patton sold around 50 copies in its first week of release in Australia. Well, here’s another sign that his disturbing attempts to rekindle his marriage may not be working: the home he and Patton shared above Sunset Strip in LA has now gone on the market, with an asking price just below $3million. The home was bought in 1990 for $910,000 by the ‘Blurred Lines’ singer’s sitcom-star dad Alan Thicke, having divorced from Thicke Junior’s soap-star mum Gloria Loring a few years previously. He later deeded over the property to Robin in 2005, around the time he and Paula got married. The three-bedroom, two-storey home … Continue reading →
Housing Japan will be hosting a Real Estate Showcase and Tokyo Real Estate Seminar in Hong Kong at the Mandarin Oriental today (Friday July 25th) and tomorrow (Saturday July 26th), with one of the star attractions being the Imprest Tower Shibaura Air Residence Urban Lodge. Designed for the ‘creative’ people of Tokyo, Imprest Tower Shibaura Air Residence’s ‘Urban Lodge’ was created to give the impression of literally being an “urban lodge”, a place to feel as warm and inviting as a country retreat but also like it’s at the heart of Tokyo. This has partly been done by choice of furniture and ‘earthy’ colour themes that exude a tranquility to offset the bustling metropolis outside. What’s more, the apartments themselves can be customised using a ‘Roomism select menu’, where … Continue reading →
A Victorian golden nugget farm, the site of the ‘Poseidon gold nugget’ discovery, is now for sale in the Newbridge area of central Victoria. The 914-hectare rural property Lagoona Park is set to go to auction on August 14th through Elders Real Estate Bendigo, although the 30-lot park may well be sold in four separate offerings up to 312 hectares. Loddon River runs through the site, which is less than two hours from Melbourne and suitable as a stud farm or meat/wool production site. The ‘Poseidon’, a 26 kilo gold nugget which now has a replica on display in Museum Victoria, was found in 1906 and named after the horse that won the Melbourne Cup the very same day. View the property video here.
Australia Post boss and the country’s highest-paid public servant, Ahmed Fahour, has recently sold his six-bedroom mansion in one of Kew’s most prestigious addresses, Sackville Street. The Lebanese managing director and CEO of AusPost listed the property last August, and records show that it settled for over $7million. Having been built in 2006, the three-storey home sits on a double block with a court and pool included. It also features a self-contained cottage, spa, steam room, outdoor kitchen and championship tennis court. The property, sold through RT Edgar Toorak, is only the fifth to sell above $5million in the Kew area. The highest sale on record was for historic home La Verna for $12million. Meanwhile, it is reported that Ahmed Fahour and wife Dionnie have moved … Continue reading →