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January 2015

Bookie Tom Waterhouse confirmed as buyer of $13m Balmoral beauty

Balmoral Tom Waterhouse

Bookmaker Tom Waterhouse has a new house by the water, confirming rumours that started brewing in mid-November that he would be purchasing a Balmoral beachfront residence. The head of William Hill’s Australian operations reportedly bought the 1930s Mosman property with rare direct beach frontage, designed by acclaimed architect Ian Reeler, for $13million. From a family that started in the bookmaking business back in the 19th century, Tom Waterhouse and wife Hoda also own a duplex on the beach that cost them $3.5million back in 2008. Settlement papers were lodged earlier this year for the home that was last sold for $550,000 back in 1983. View the property here.  

‘Most desirable’ vineyard property in Hunter Valley listed with $10m expectations

hunter valley

A trophy Hunter Valley vineyard estate called Loggerheads, last sold in 2008, has been listed with hopes of $10million. The 200-acre estate – with seven-bedroom, six-bathroom homestead, plus three adjoining pavilions – includes a Paul Bangay garden and orchard, along with the 35-year-old four-hectare vineyard. Two hours north of Sydney and in the one of the country’s most popular wine regions, the spectacular Loggerheads was previously owned by Australian Wine Foundation president Len Evans. View the property video here.

Luxury and seclusion in the centre of Cairns


This courtyard may look like it’s in a secluded villa amongst Mediterranean foothills – but it’s really in the centre of Cairns. This four-bedroom luxury home – with potential for ten bedrooms! – is currently for sale in Cairns City, situated just a stone’s throw from the Coral Sea coastline. As well as the pictured courtyard and pool area, there’s also a private patio off the master suite. For further information view the property here.

Toni Collette sells Bronte home for $5.75m

toni collette

Toni Collette, star of Australian classic Muriel’s Wedding and TV series United States of Tara, has sold her home in Bronte, NSW for a reported $5.75million. Collette, who is based in LA with musician husband David Galafassi, sold the property shortly before Christmas. They bought the private hillside estate in 2011 for $5.5million, meaning this sale will not have covered their initial $325,000 stamp duty purchase outlay. The 5-bedroom residence is on a 1,100 square metre hillside block, “one of Bronte’s largest” – view the listing here.

Contestants for The Block sought as ‘octagonal’ site details confirmed

The Block South Yarra

The Block is currently looking for long-term couples to take part in a forthcoming series of the renovation reality contest, while plans for a future site have been revealed (despite not receiving permission from the council yet). Rumours that the eight-storey Hotel Saville in South Yarra was purchased for a future Block series, as reported in June last year, were later confirmed as true by Watercress Productions. It’s now also been revealed that the series will involve a $4.2million refurbishment incorporating seven three-bedroom whole-floor apartments. However it is not yet known how many contestants will be involved in this undertaking. It is currently believed the site is due to be renovated for the series after The Block Triple Threat, which is advertised as commencing broadcast next month. The octagonal building … Continue reading