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Spacious, classy, elegant… and that’s just the kitchen

Harkaway Road

The pristine elegance of the kitchen in this Narre Warren North home is just a taste of the magnificence represented by the rest of the property, currently on the market and only half an hour from Melbourne’s CBD. The award-winning six-bedroom residence, said to be reminiscent of provincial France, is part of an equestrian estate set on 20 acres. The facilities come with two stables and six stalls, tack room, hay shed and training pen. Amongst the many features of the main house itself, though, are an award-winning indoor pool, lounge and separate formal dining area both with open fireplaces, pool house with kitchenette and pizza oven, 17th century antique French doors, tennis court area, climate-controllable dog house, three-car garage and more. View the property here.

Historic Tasmanian landmark home on the market

Dysart House

Having been built in 1841, historic landmark home Dysart House is currently on the market in Tasmania. Built in the Old Colonial Grecian Regency style, it features an imposing facade with Doric columns, a Greek portico and a grand entrance hall. The two-storey, seven-bedroom Kempton residence has multiple living spaces, a cellar and six bathrooms, while the kitchen is large enough to operate on a commercial scale. The interiors retain fine period details, with Cedar timber joinery and double-hung sash windows. Set on six hectares of pasture, the grounds include a wonderful flagstone courtyard, quadrangle surrounding the main house, north and south wings and a self-contained brick cottage. View the property here. Via The Real Estate Conversation

‘Grand Dame’ of Dicky Beach a surfer’s paradise

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Known as ‘Governor’s House’ by local surfers, as it commands the shores of Dicky Beach at the coast’s perfect point break, this iconic ‘Grand Dame’ home of the Sunshine Coast is now on the market with an asking price of $4.9million. The owner – who purchased the white Mediterranean-style manse in 2007 – has decided to sell as he now resides in Indonesia, but described the property as “the perfect place for entertaining and enjoying beach holidays.” The striking architecture has also been the backdrop for a number of fashion shoots and wedding photos – indeed, the front deck even hosted one of the family’s nuptial ceremony. As well as the absolute beach front position and uninterrupted panoramic beach views, the four-bedroom home an hour’s … Continue reading

Governor of Victoria’s Kew home sale tipped to top $4.5m

Winneke Kew

The Kew family home of the late Sir Henry Winneke, Governor of Victoria between 1974 and 1982, is currently taking expressions of interest, and is expected to sell for over $4.5million. Even in the prized suburb of Kew this would be a remarkable result, as the median price in the area is just below $2million. The home was, however, designed in 1890 by renowned late nineteenth / early twentieth century architect John Beswicke, the man also behind ‘Talana’ in Hawthorn East and nearby mansion ‘Rathgar’. The historic five-bedroom property has been home to the Winneke family for three generations and recently underwent a decade-long renovation process, meaning it now includes a first-floor master suite, sandstone terrace with solar-heated pool and double garage. View the property here.

Cate Blanchett Snappily Sells Heritage Hunters Hill Home

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Acadamy Award-winning actress Cate Blanchett has snappily sold her home in Hunters Hill, and it’s thought her hopes of a $20million sale were just about met. The home, built in 1877, was marketed through Christie’s International.  ‘Bulwarra’, the five-bedroom heritage residence which sits on a 3,460 square metre estate, 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 property comes with a master retreat in a private wing, pool pavilion, tennis court and more. View the property here.

This humble cottage expected to sell for $6m

mermaid beach

It may look like a humble three-bedroom cottage, but this home in the Gold Coast is on such a sought-after piece of land that it currently comes with a price tag of $5.95million. Situated on highly-prized coastline of Mermaid Beach, and only steps away from the surf, ’1 Hilda’ is thought to be on the only single block available in the area with a 20m frontage of the ocean. As well as stunning beach views and the tranquility of the local suburb, the property also comes with many practical advantages for those wanting to build a dream home in one of Australia’s most renowned holiday destinations. For instance, a huge underground seawall has already been built to save the new owner the hassle. View this property here.

Coastal paradise for sale in the Whitsundays

Heaven's Gate

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

Dulux chairman’s brush with success as Kirribilli home sells for $6.5m


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.

The $15m trophy home in Killara


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.

Impeccable historic estate on the market in Adelaide


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