A huge 48-room guest house in the Hunter Valley, billed as a “Pokolbin legend“, is now taking expressions of interest. Considered one of the finest establishments to stay in when visiting the region, the iconic property is being offered with the current and successful management team still in place. The listing also notes that Peppers Guest House comes with the Chez Pok restaurant, conferencing facilities to accommodate 120 guests, and grounds that cover 40 acres. View the property video here.
No expense has been spared in construction of this incredible Cottesloe home. Entering through impressive, black, iron gates, the home’s beautiful stone walls and 200-year-old entry doors from Cairo create a striking impression. With American White Oak parquet flooring, large Romanesque-style windows, an American White Oak and iron balustrade, bi-fold Jarrah doors, marble fireplaces, and a wrought iron chandelier – the quality of this house is beyond compare. The kitchen is first-class, and there is a laundry with butler’s sink. The house has ample storage, a four-car garage, a gym/guest/extra living area, air conditioning, block-out curtains, copper downpipes, and a spa and plunge pool. The north-facing courtyard, which is off the main living area, features a mosaic adaptation of Henri Rousseau’s ‘Jungles in Paris’. The home … Continue reading
The property billed as ‘the world’s largest house’, a castello in Tuscany, has recently been put on the market for a whopping $32million. Considering its size, however, that’s a relative steal. As reported this week by Forbes, the 12th-century towered fort – all 150,000-plus square feet of it, along with an incredible 110 bedrooms – has been listed by Sotheby’s, who are hesitant to reveal the exact location of the home. In fact, the listing is remarkably sparse on historical detail for a property of such calibre (and inconspicuousness). Forbes have filled in some of the details, pointing out that the castle, named Fortezza di Modanella, was built in the 12th century, before it was taken over by the dukes of Piccolini in the 1400s. The … Continue reading
Set amid 6.8 acres of tropical gardens and manicured lawns, this magnificent property enjoys sweeping views from Broken Head to Lennox Head. You literally feel ‘on top of the world’. The road into the property is lined with native trees, winds past stables and a riding arena, and arrives at the attractive homestead. The estate comprises a main residence and two luxury villas, which could be used for extended family, staff, or as a source of income. The living and dining areas are finished with marble and timber floors, and have large balconies, from which to sit back and take in the incredible views. A beautiful pool and spa is enclosed by a walled garden. Only 5 minutes from the beach, and 20 minutes from … Continue reading
Joe Hockey has been under fire this week for replying to questions about housing affordability by suggesting first home buyers should simply “get a good job that pays good money”. However, the Federal Treasurer has recently found another useful way of making money: putting his farm up for sale. And he’s hoping he’ll get more than twice what he paid for it. Hockey and his wife, former investment banker Melissa Babbage, bought the 90-hectare Malanda QLD farm back in 2003 for $625,000. They put the property up in April this year with an asking price of $1.55million, possibly hoping nobody would notice – Elders Real Estate stated in the listing that the “owners are looking for a quick sale.” This is not the first property Hockey has sold in the same area. … Continue reading
This vineyard estate has been the home of Claire Vickery OAM, founder of The Butterfly Foundation and daughter of Mount Mary winemaker Dr John Middleton. Set on 9.3 acres under vine with Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris grapes, the modern home with a rustic flavour has sweeping views across Port Phillip Bay. The heart of the home is an open-plan living area, which has a large undercover balcony flowing from it. The kitchen is immaculately equipped with Miele stainless steel appliances, and there is a large drawing room. A large master suite and guest wing are also on the home’s main floor. In what was originally a downstairs cellar door is now a family room with kitchenette, dining room, living area and library, adjoining a large … Continue reading
The former residence of pop megastar Michael Jackson – the infamous six-bedroom private home and fairground named Neverland – has been put up for sale with an asking price of $100million, according to the Wall Street Journal. The property, which sits on 2,700 acres in the Californian Santa Ynez Valley, comes with a host of fairground rides, a train station, swimming pools and the set-up for a private zoo. These were all commissioned by Jackson himself, who bought the house and land in 1988 for $19.5million. It was originally built in 1981 with the original title of Sycamore Ranch Valley. Neverland has been in limbo since Jacko’s death in 2009, but has been maintained in the meantime by real estate company Colony Capital LLC. Last year Owen Blicksilver, spokesman for … Continue reading
A splendid eight-bedroom property, comprising of four luxurious pavilions and the loftily-titled “best shed in Australia”, is currently taking expressions of interest in Urunga, NSW. Built with bush surroundings in a style that combines Australian and Japanese influences, the property’s main pavilion includes two master-size bedrooms, two bathrooms, a chef-style kitchen, and verandah. There’s also a guest pavilion, games pavilion and the shed pavilion, a space incorporating what the listing describes as the “best shed in Australia” – it even has a mezzanine. There’s also a champion-size tennis court with court-side pavilion, horizon-style swimming pool, and 3.5 acres of private land. View this marvellous property here.
Two homes currently being offered by the same real estate company could net a total of nearly $6million if their price hopes are met. Aqua Real Estate have on their books ‘Yamminga‘ – a four-bedroom residence renovated in a French style that comes with bespoke library and solar heated saltwater pool – at Watts Parade in Mount Eliza. It has hopes of $2.6million plus. Meanwhile, across the road, the home known as ‘New Hampshire‘ – also four bedroom, with in-ground pool, tennis court, private guest suite and huge outdoor deck with terrace – has hopes of $3.2million. View 48 Watts Parade here and 49 Watts Parade here.
A mansion in Double Bay, owned by the Fairfax family for over a century, was set to completely obliterate previous property records when it went on the market in 2013. It was reported this week, however, that it could now be turned into four homes instead. The 1870s property known as ‘Elaine’, which was purchased in 1911 by Geoffrey Fairfax for 2100 pounds sterling, has been in the Fairfax family for four generations. It was expected to net a staggering sum when it went on sale – indeed, some predicted it would reach a nine-figure price tag. Reports this week, however, suggest a different future for the trophy home. Vendor John Fairfax has submitted plans to the council that involve adding on additional residences, turning Elaine into a … Continue reading