A Victorian Heritage home with significant lineage has come on the market. Ravenscroft and Oldfield built it in 1862 for Austrian painter Eugene von Guerard. The general decorative scheme of the house now dates from c1950, when Lord and Lady Casey lived at Little Parndon from 1949. Lord Casey was Australia’s 16th Governor General. Iain Carmichael, Director of Jellis Craig Armadale, informs us, “A collection of Lady Casey’s sold very well at the recent Deutcher and Hackett Art Auction.” The listing says this is “without a doubt one of Melbourne’s most significant homes.” Just moments from Fitzroy Gardens, it comes with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The bedrooms come with built in robes and open fireplaces. There’s also a tower retreat or study. A rare … Continue reading
Wendy Nettle, Principal of Nettle Architects, a practice that specialises in private housing has developed a double block in the heart of Malvern, to produce a pair of modern town houses. Architects love designing their own houses, but often find themselves the toughest client to please. Downsizing from a large family home Wendy has focused on distilling the design to encompass the essentials for easy living. Large generous areas can be segregated and zoned when required but the house opens up to be a great entertainer with free movement between all indoor and outdoor living spaces. The house is streamlined in detail and planning, generous in proportion and ensures a high level of comfort with careful selection of finishes, thermal and acoustic specification. For over … Continue reading
Sir Peter Abeles’ Bellevue Hill mansion sold for $15,501,000 at auction on Wednesday night, it’s the third highest auction price for Sydney. The property, known as ‘Sundorne’, was asking for more than $11 million before Auction. The auction on Wednesday was a private, onsite invitation only auction. Bidding opened at $8 million. It was reportedly purchased by an elite boys school for Sydney’s highest auction price this year. A rare opportunity, it has 270-degree views of Sydney harbour, and it last sold 45 years ago. Sundorne comes with flood-lit tennis court, in-ground pool and spectacular views all the way to Manly. The Tudor style home comes with six bedrooms and four bathrooms, along with self-contained staff quarters. Sir Peter spearheaded transport company TNT and ran … Continue reading
Tigerlily founder and former wife of James Packer, Jodhi Meares is reportedly selling her Point Piper apartment for around $2 million. Jodhi and James Packer married in 1999, with Elton John singing at their wedding to more than 750 guests. They were married for two years. Meares now reportedly lives in Bronte with rocker Jon Stevens. The property was purchased in 2004 for $1.23 million and has since been renovated. It comes with separate living and dining, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a sunroom and garden terrace. Through D’Leanne Lewis, of Laing+Simmons Double Bay, it goes to Auction on June 12th.
Turtle Island, off the coast of Gladstone, Queensland, is back on the market and asking $6.75 million. Its current owners are reportedly a Sydney couple, property developer Steven Christofidellis and his wife Macia. According to the listing, Julia Roberts missed out on purchasing the island 8 years ago. Will Julia Roberts be back to secure an Australian hideaway? The island was developed by horse-racing’s Bob Bentley, who purchased it in 1994 for $300,000. The current owners paid around $3 million for the 23-acre island escape. Turtle Island comes with a four-bedroom house, with five bathrooms, tropical gardens, a tennis court, pool and helipad. Turtle Island is for sale through Richard Vanhoff of Coldwell Banker GC Property Group.
Featured on the cover of Houses magazine, and shortlisted for 2011’s House of the Year, this Glen Waverley home pays homage to its architectural heritage through its re-design. With Spotted Gum timber, stone, steel and glass, this home is spacious and sleek. The property, with beautiful views of the Dandenongs, is expecting a price around $1.1mil – $1.2million. It comes with three bedrooms (with built-in robes) and a fourth bedroom or study. There are two bathrooms; the master has an ensuite, dressing room and private balcony. The living and dining areas are full of natural light, with cathedral ceilings, opening to an entertainer’s deck, giving great indoor-outdoor living. The kitchen comes with Miele appliances and Walnut and Black Oak cabinetry. The lower ground floor is … Continue reading
A luxurious full floor apartment (one of two) owned by former racing car driver Alan Moffat has come on the market and is expecting to exceed $2.5 million. Canadian born, Australian racing driver, Alan Moffat was inducted into the V8 Supercar Hall of Fame in 1999. In his lifetime of racing he’s had four wins in the Australian Touring Car Championship, six wins in the Sandown 500 and four wins in the Bathurst 500/1000. The stunning near new first floor apartment features generous living and dining spaces with north facing terrace and gourmet marble and Gaggenau kitchen. There are two bedrooms with en-suites, study, home theatre room, two further bathrooms, lift and three to four car garage. According to Property Observer Alan Moffat and his … Continue reading
In a first for Canberra, a newly built, rotating, solar powered house is coming up for Auction in Crace. Called Girasole, Italian for ‘turn to the sun’ or ‘sunflower’ it’s the brainchild of builder John Andriolo. Believed to be the first in Canberra, the home is supported by 28 wheels and driven by two three-speed motors. The four bedroom, two bathroom home takes 10 minutes to fully rotate and is controlled by a touch screen panel. It was designed by architect Ross Norwood from DNA architects with interiors by Karin McNamara Design. It has 173 square metres of living space. The property has solar panels, is well insulated, and uses the roof and garage as catchment for a water tank beneath the four car garage. … Continue reading
A sprawling waterfront home, originally built by former Australian test cricketer Craig McDermott, at Clear Island Waters on the Gold Coast has been placed on the market. Located at 15 Tortuga Place, it was built by McDermott for his family in 1996 and features six king to queen sized bedrooms, three bathrooms, a three car garage, eight meter jetty, mooring for a large cruiser and dock for two jet skis. The two storey home is being sold fully furnished by current owner, Professor Charles Wu, who purchased the home for $1.69 million in 2007 and has spent more than $100,000 on renovations, including a new kitchen. The property will be auctioned on site on Saturday, May 18, at 11.30am, by Ray White Broadbeach agents Sam … Continue reading
Rupert Murdoch tweeted this week confirming he has purchased Bel Air’s Moraga Vineyards. According to Forbes magazine, Murdoch’s net worth is estimated at $11.2 billion. Murdoch (aged 82) and his (much younger) third wife Wendi Deng (aged 44) have two children together. Murdoch has a total of six children to two previous marriages. He was divorced just 17 days when he married Wendi Deng. The 16-acre estate was listed in February for $29.5 million by Northrop Grumman CEO Thomas Jones. The property comes with a main house and two bedroom guest cottage, pool, on-site wine cave and office building. Thomas Jones and his wife Ruth purchased the property in 1959 and when learning the estate had deep gravel soil, began growing some Bordeaux varieties including … Continue reading