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Status of Gough Whitlam home in limbo as demolition is intervened

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Plans for the birthplace of former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam are currently in limbo after the demolition of the home – coincidentally scheduled on the same day he died – was intervened at the last minute. When approached in May of this year regarding the heritage status of Ngara, the Kew residence where Whitlam was born in 1916, Victorian premier Denis Napthine and Planning Minister Matthew Guy declined to save the property. Boroondara Council had already approved demolition. However since Whitlam’s death on Tuesday the destruction of the home has been intervened by Guy, who applied for an Interim Protection Order, asking the council to reconsider. This likely means that the decision will be put on hold until after the November 29th election, where the historical merit of the home … Continue reading

Historic home Glen Alpine expected to sell for $4.5m – despite burning down

Glen Alpine

Glen Alpine, a historic 1886 homestead designed by celebrated architect John Horbury Hunt, is expected to have its sale for $4.5million go through any day now. However, between the sale agreement and its conclusion, there’s been a slight problem – it’s burnt down. The building, set on 1335 hectares near Tamworth NSW, was found ablaze by police around about midnight on Wednesday of this week. It was two days before the sale was due to settle, but currently court proceedings are looking into what insurance payment each party can receive. The buyers are still expected to conclude sales proceedings though, as they have already bought out a number of the neighbours to increase their land holding on site. The listing states that the 12-bedroom home, on an estate … Continue reading

Watch a spectacular drone-filmed property video from Cape Schanck

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Drones may be controversial both inside and out of the real estate industry, but they can certainly be an effective way to showcase a stunning property. For instance, check this spectacular video for a masterpiece home in Cape Schanck, Victoria. The Jackson Clements Burrows property is situated on approximately ten acres and is surrounded by the Cups region of the southern peninsula. Golfing fans will be interested to know that the home comes with a private golf buggy track leading down to the nearby National Golf Club. There’s also an infinity-edge pool, gourmet kitchen, double garage and more. Watch the video here.

House Rules couple Carole and Russell selling home renovated on show

Carole and Russell

It may not have been long since the current series reached its finale, but competing couple Carole & Russell from reality TV show House Rules have already put their renovated home up on the market. The Western Australian team told WA Today that they planned to keep the home if they won the first prize of the renovation contest, which was to have the mortgage on the property paid off. Becoming runners-up to Victoria’s Adam and Lisa, though, means that the sale of this home will hopefully fund their move to riverside suburb Ascot, where they intend to build a townhouse. Having bought it off Gumtree, Carole and Russell’s renovated home was riddled with structural problems. However their portrayal as ‘Aussie battlers’ was put under scrutiny when it … Continue reading

Five-star home of Unibet bookie could make your heart flutter


‘Kaylana’, a five-bedroom home in Kenthurst owned by Unibet bookmaker Mark Morrisey, is probably the sort of luxury home his punters imagine a huge win might net them. That’s because it’s a luxury three-level abode set on five acres with an enviable list of features: double-size bedrooms, two triple garages, dedicated poker room, wine cellar, gym, glass elevator between floors, underfloor heating, a three-metre in-wall tropical fish tank, pool with swim-up bar bordered by fountains and waterfalls, hand-carved sandstone amphitheatre, and many more. The home also has stunning views of the nearby Blue Mountains. The listing and property video, by Ray White Dural, can be seen here.

This uninhabitable cottage with overgrown garden sold over the weekend – for $2.68m

Balmain East cottage

This crumbling cottage with unkempt garden and bare interiors sold over the weekend – for $2.68million. That’s likely due to the fact that the home – built in 1854 – is set on 450sqm of land in Balmain East, has beautiful views of Sydney Harbour Bridge, comes with a waterfront garden and was described by the agents at Belle Property as an “unpolished gem”. The property last sold in 1973 for $33,500 to celebrated lecturer Alexander Watson, who died earlier this year. The weekend onsite auction had 18 contracts issued before it commenced, and the bidding started at $1.8million – quite impressive considering its disrepair, as the average house price in the area is around $2million. View the listing here.  

Super-sleek, super-chic home in Buderim designed by award-winners Ultraspace


A home now on the market via Century 21 Grant Smith was created by designers they admire so greatly that they also entrusted them with their office interiors. The award-winning international team at Ultraspace – who designed the stunning, sleek and ultra-modern four-bedroom home in Buderim – were also responsible for the visually arresting reception at the agency’s offices on King Street (see below). The distinct Los Angeles-inspired visual style is definitely put to the forefront at the Sawreys Road residence, which goes to auction on Saturday 11th October. An example of luxury private bushland living, the home comes with a library, gymnasium, suspended fireplace, extra-large double remote garage and more, all just four minutes from Buderim CBD. View the listing here.

Last The Block Glasshouse listing goes online ahead of weekend inspections

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The final property from the current series of The Block Glasshouse has gone online – the one renovated by Melbourne couple Darren and Dee – in preparation for the apartments being ‘open for inspection’ this weekend. Ex AFL player Darren Jolly and wife Dee are selling through The Block veterans Biggin & Scott, who have previously helped a competing couple from the 2011 series (Polly & Waz) to win the show. The inspections for every The Block Glasshouse property are taking place this weekend (Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st September, 10am-2pm) in Prahran; anybody wanting a stickybeak should head to 121-127 High Street, where all of the apartments are located. The Block Glasshouse auctions take place on 11th October, and whichever couple makes the highest profit above … Continue reading

‘Chisholm House’ an art deco delight in Dalkeith

art deco

This incredible-looking four-bedroom home in WA is on the market, having recently been restored. The four-bedroom art deco house is heritage listed, and is on over 1,000 square metres of land. The property, known as ‘Chisholm House’, is so called because it was built in 1939 by architect Oswald Chisholm. It was also his family home until 1961. The home also comes with features such as pool and formal dining room. View the property here.

This cottage goes to auction today – and is expected to sell for $2m+

richmond cottage

It may not look like it, but this cottage is on the market with hopes of over $2million dollars – which it may well get when it goes to auction today. That’s because the 135 year-old cottage in Richmond, Melbourne comes with a site that is earmarked for the development of four new luxury townhouses. Planning permission has already been granted, although one of the townhouses will have to incorporate the derelict cottage itself. The property and its 770+ square metre block were last sold in 2012, which had a reserve of $1.5million, and at the auction five competing developer syndicates took the winning bid to over $1.62million. This all bodes well for today’s auction, to be held by Biggin & Scott. View the listing … Continue reading