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Take a look at the Robin Boyd masterpiece that’s about to go to auction

Boyd

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. 

Star Trek-inspired home brings the ‘Heights’ of luxury

Elanora Heights

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

‘Baronial’ country residence could be your castle in Flinders

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A “Scottish” and “rambling” granite rock and bluestone country residence, set on 50 acres and individually architect designed, is now available in Flinders. The three-bedroom property, a short drive from the Flinders township and next to Greens Bush National park, was built to resemble a castle in the Scottish highlands, as it comes with a turret and has the ambience of a medieval fortress.  The home also includes an office, mudroom, gigantic country kitchen and a natural wood fire “bakers oven”, plus kangaroos and Angus cows are known to roam nearby. View the property video here.

Make $20,000 more on the sale of your property

Agent

With a high value property, finding the right agent and negotiating the right commission can make a huge difference in the final payment you receive for the sale of your property. On a $2 million sale a 1% difference in commission rate can put $20,000 back in your pocket on settlement. A good agent can also bring in hundreds of thousands more which might blow their higher commission rate out of the water. High value properties always attack more interest from real estate agents wanting to make an impressive sale. As an owner, this means you have more negotiation power than the average real estate client. To make sure you are negotiating the best rate possible, you need to know what others are paying and … Continue reading

Home fit for the ‘Addams Family’ on market for first time since 1924

addams family home

‘Verulam’, a residence in Paddington NSW that has been affectionately dubbed the ‘Addams Family House’, is on the market for the first time since 1924. The home, opposite the landmark SCG, was built during the nineteenth century as a farmhouse, before being converted into a “gentleman’s residence” in 1873. It still includes features of the time, such as stables and a marble fireplace.  The Hade family purchased the property in 1924, and one of the residents – the daughter of one of the original purchasers – has lived there continuously for those past 90 years. The five-bedroom, Federation Queen Anne-style home also comes set on around 400sqm of land, making it one of Moore Park Road’s largest landholdings. View the property here. 

This Australian Home Of The Year will get your vote in Hunter Valley

Hunter Valley

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

Michael Jackson’s Neverland ranch could soon be for sale – would it fetch $70m?

Neverland

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

Urban Inc launches new project in Melbourne’s beachside hotspot

Leroy

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

Check out the spectacular views from this Brisbane City apartment

483 Adelaide Street

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. 

Robin Thicke & Paula Patton’s former love nest for sale in LA

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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