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Site where the rainforest meets the sea available in Palm Cove

Rainforest meets the Sea

A tropical paradise that overlooks the tranquil village of Palm Cove, and is only 25 minutes’ drive north of Cairns city, is now on the market. Situated at the southern boundary of Buchan’s Point, the site is described as “where the Rainforest meets the Sea”. With the front entry opposite the Palm Cove jetty (which transports tourists to Double Island, Port Douglas, the Barrier Reef and more) and an additional entrance via the scenic Coral Coast Drive, the site is one of the last remaining absolute beachfront headland development lands along the east coast of Tropical North Queensland. This property is available through Ray White Commercial and expressions of interest close 12th December – find out more here.

Familiar faces return in 2015 for The Block: Triple Threat

The Block Triple Threat

Blockheads may be surprised to hear that, despite their dismal result at the end of the most recent series, Dee and Darren Jolly are two of the familiar faces set to return for the next incarnation of renovation reality competition The Block. The Jollies made headlines after the finale of The Block Glasshouse earlier this year when their renovation efforts only made them $10,000 profit at auction. Despite their public consternation at the result, they are returning to the franchise in 2015 for The Block Triple Threat, alongside former contestants Matt & Kim and Bec & George from The Block Sky High. Those teams came second and third respectively in that series. Nine has reportedly revealed that the teams will compete in the first round of challenges … Continue reading

Well-kept secret could be yours in Wakefield


A two-storey, five-bedroom home in “a coveted court location” that is one of Templestowe’s “best kept secrets” is now on the market. With the agent highlighting the property’s suitability for large family living and luxury entertaining potential, the Wakefield home is also noted for features such as a picturesque backyard, first-class kitchen, generous master bedroom and LED backlit mirrors. The property is situated a short distance from Templestowe Village. View the property here.

Kim and Kanye may soon own a private island in Queensland

turtle island

Turtle Island, a private island off the coast of Gladstone in Queensland that has been on the market for a number of years, is rumoured to have many new potential buyers sniffing around – including Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. Turtle Island last sold in 1999 for $3million, and was initially placed on the market this time around for $6.75million. It’s been suggested that it could soon be ‘Isle Kardashian’, Kimye’s retreat in Australia, possibly for around a $5million price tag. It’s a lot more than the $300,000 it sold for in 1994, before it was converted to a luxury getaway by buyers Bob & Sue Bentley. It had sold for the same price to Honeymoon Hotels in 1989, but they failed to develop on the site. The … Continue reading

Beachfront icon on the market in Port Melbourne

port melbourne

A Port Melbourne penthouse, in an iconic building meant to mimic the Port Phillip Bay waves it overlooks, is about to go to auction. The spacious three-bedroom apartment in the architectural gem of Aqua Vita is perfectly situated for views across the bay, and was designed to reflect the tranquility of the area. The previous owner, who purchased the property in 2006 and is moving due to an expanding family, confirms this: “Returning home from work every night and looking at the swaying palm trees and crisp blue water was an instant de-stress.” The property is being auctioned Saturday 15h November. View the listing here. 

The home with a designer backyard dunny – expecting $2.9m+


Could we be seeing the revival of the outdoor crapper as a ‘designer’ property feature? Possibly, if this listing is anything to go by: the renovated Federation home with both a brick outhouse and hopes of $2.9million plus. The freestanding house in Balmain NSW was built in 1908 and renovated in 2009, including the backyard dunny – or “garden powder room” as the listing puts it. There are many other notable features though, including a mosaic-tiled solar-heated plunge pool, four double bedrooms and – in case you were worried – indoor bathrooms too. View listing here.

Crest Castle is a ‘keeper’ in Research

crest castle

They say a man’s home is his castle, but a bed and breakfast currently on the market in Research, VIC could literally be. ‘The Crest Castle‘, a home currently operating as a B&B with a permit for up 30 people, is for sale within walking distance of the local shopping centre. The property comes with a lot of the features you might well expect of a castle, including turrets, ornamental lake with overhanging willow, banquet hall and a moat of sorts, in the  form of a heated hydrotherapy spa pool. View this incredible property here.

Status of Gough Whitlam home in limbo as demolition is intervened

gough whitlam

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

cape schanck

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.