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March 2015

Show him the money! Tom Cruise lists Colorado home for whopping $76m

Tom Cruise's place

The Colorado estate owned by Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise – a seven-bedroom, nine-bathroom getaway befitting one of the world’s most successful actors – has just been put on the market for a massive USD$59million (approximately AUS$76million). According to agents Sotheby’s International Realty, the Mission Impossible star has been too busy with movies and scientology to spend much time up there in the mountains, which is why he decided to sell. The estate, built in 1994, comes with a “warm and inviting main house and story-book guest house,” according to the listing, “situated upon a rise overlooking the region’s towering 14,000-foot peaks.” The listing also promises that film buffs can check out nearby Telluride Film Festival, or the Telluride Ski Resort described as “the #1 ski … Continue reading

‘Home Of The Year’ now under offer in Dalkeith


A property that was awarded the prestigious ‘Australian Home of the Year’ and ‘Australian Custom Built Home of the Year’ titles by the Housing Industry Association is now under offer in Dalkeith, WA. The five-bedroom, three-bathroom and three-kitchen home, built by Giorgi Exclusive Homes, took on over 1,300 other properties across the country to earn the coveted prize. It also comes with home theatre, wine cellar, four-car garaging, heated infinity pool and more. The home is available through Space Real Estate – view the property here.

Hendra, heritage home of Sir Edgar Coles, sells for $7.25m


This luxurious heritage-listed Mount Eliza property named ‘Hendra’ – built for Sir Edgar Coles and his wife Dame Mabel, of the Coles family retailing dynasty – has recently sold for $7.25million via Aqua Real Estate. Hendra sits on over four acres, and was built for Sir Edgar in 1938 by prominent Melburnian architect Harry A Norris, whose “unusual and accomplished” interwar design included making the house boomerang shaped. As well as the championship-sized tennis court with self-contained pavilion, the gorgeous manicured gardens also hold an in-ground trampoline and a solar-heated pool overlooking Port Phillip Bay. View the property here.

Insider trading banker jailed after attempting to purchase The Block apartment


A banker in Victoria, who attempted to purchase a property on televised renovation contest The Block using the proceeds of criminal insider trading scheme, has recently been jailed. It was revealed that the winning bidder, who won the auction of 3/47 O’grady Street in Albert Park during the finale of the series, was NAB banker Lukas Kamay, arrested over an alleged $7million insider trading scam. While executing a search warrant of Kamay’s workplace in Melbourne’s Bourke Street, the lease agreement on the luxury apartment renovated by Alisa & Lysandra during The Block Fans v Faves was one of the possessions seized. Kamay was arrested before the purchase could be complete. It is thought that Kamay had withdrawn $5million to pay for the apartment, and had already put down half a million … Continue reading

Iconic 19th century Perricoota Station on the Murray River listed

Perricoota Station

Perricoota Station, the historic 19th-century farm situated on the Murray River, has been “painstakingly restored” and relisted – including the homestead from c.1860. For the current $4.9million asking price the property – comprising of 120 hectares - comes with two kilometres of Murray River frontage, two guest cottages, stable complex, station outbuildings and more. Having been settled in 1843, the farm was converted to a site for breeding coach horses, with a large portion of the land sold to F.S. Falkiner & Sons in 1899. Perricoota Station includes the former packing shed, built in the 1920s, which has been converted into a ‘function space’. View the property video here.

Torquay trophy home on the Esplanade sells for $2m


This unique and remarkably-designed home on The Esplanade, Torquay has recently sold for $2million – despite there being no noticeable windows in the front. This was of course intentional for the three-bedroom home that was shortlisted for a Victorian Architecture Award in 2013, not least because of its 13 metre-long open-plan living room. It was sold for an expected $2million through Hocking Stuart Torquay, who reduced the asking price from the $2.8million put on last October through different agents.

Incredible ‘Arribri’ estate available in Chirnside Park

chirnside park

An expansive estate with a spectacular home is now available in Chirnside Park – and if you’re the recreational type, you might be torn between a spot of tennis, a dip in the pool or a game of chess outside. Described in the listing as “providing a lifestyle of undeniable comfort and prestige with open plan living and entertaining domains”, the home sat on four acres of land has eight metre ceilings and five ‘zoned’ bedrooms, plus a separate ‘retreat’ with views of the Dandenong Ranges.  You’ll also find a billiard room, cinema with wet bar, Championship tennis court, Infinity Edge pool and spa, outdoor dining area and much more. View this amazing property, with video, here.

Melbourne’s next tallest building sees pre-sales on the up

New skyscraper

Melbourne’s new tallest building – situated on the Southbank and due to tower above nearby Eureka – is evidently rising in anticipation, as it’s said to have already snared over 300 buyers.  Australia 108, over 300 metres tall and including over 1,000 new apartments, is rumoured to have ‘broken the back’ of pre-sales, including the $9million-plus sale of five apartments on the same floor to just one family.  It’s not known, however, whether the ‘super-penthouse’ set to occupy the 100th floor has already been snapped up – interested buyers may have to fork out over $20million for it. It is thought, however, that 90 of the 165 three-bedroom penthouses and sub-penthouses above level 72 have already been accounted for.   Australia 108 is not the … Continue reading