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June 2015

Iconic guest house in Hunter Valley listed

Pokolbin guest house

A huge 48-room guest house in the Hunter Valley, billed as a “Pokolbin legend“, is now taking expressions of interest. Considered one of the finest establishments to stay in when visiting the region, the iconic property is being offered with the current and successful management team still in place. The listing also notes that Peppers Guest House comes with the Chez Pok restaurant, conferencing facilities to accommodate 120 guests, and grounds that cover 40 acres. View the property video here.

No expense spared on the quality finishes of this Cottesloe home


No expense has been spared in construction of this incredible Cottesloe home. Entering through impressive, black, iron gates, the home’s beautiful stone walls and 200-year-old entry doors from Cairo create a striking impression. With American White Oak parquet flooring, large Romanesque-style windows, an American White Oak and iron balustrade, bi-fold Jarrah doors, marble fireplaces, and a wrought iron chandelier – the quality of this house is beyond compare. The kitchen is first-class, and there is a laundry with butler’s sink. The house has ample storage, a four-car garage, a gym/guest/extra living area, air conditioning, block-out curtains, copper downpipes, and a spa and plunge pool. The north-facing courtyard, which is off the main living area, features a mosaic adaptation of Henri Rousseau’s ‘Jungles in Paris’. The home … Continue reading

‘World’s largest house’ on sale in Tuscany for $32m


The property billed as ‘the world’s largest house’, a castello in Tuscany, has recently been put on the market for a whopping $32million. Considering its size, however, that’s a relative steal. As reported this week by Forbes, the 12th-century towered fort – all 150,000-plus square feet of it, along with an incredible 110 bedrooms – has been listed by Sotheby’s, who are hesitant to reveal the exact location of the home. In fact, the listing is remarkably sparse on historical detail for a property of such calibre (and inconspicuousness). Forbes have filled in some of the details, pointing out that the castle, named Fortezza di Modanella, was built in the 12th century, before it was taken over by the dukes of Piccolini in the 1400s. The … Continue reading

Slice of Paradise in Byron Bay offers complete privacy and 360 degree views

Byron Bay

Set amid 6.8 acres of tropical gardens and manicured lawns, this magnificent property enjoys sweeping views from Broken Head to Lennox Head. You literally feel ‘on top of the world’. The road into the property is lined with native trees, winds past stables and a riding arena, and arrives at the attractive homestead. The estate comprises a main residence and two luxury villas, which could be used for extended family, staff, or as a source of income. The living and dining areas are finished with marble and timber floors, and have large balconies, from which to sit back and take in the incredible views. A beautiful pool and spa is enclosed by a walled garden. Only 5 minutes from the beach, and 20 minutes from … Continue reading

Joe Hockey lists Queensland farm for $1.5million

joe hockey farm

Joe Hockey has been under fire this week for replying to questions about housing affordability by suggesting first home buyers should simply “get a good job that pays good money”. However, the Federal Treasurer has recently found another useful way of making money: putting his farm up for sale. And he’s hoping he’ll get more than twice what he paid for it. Hockey and his wife, former investment banker Melissa Babbage, bought the 90-hectare Malanda QLD farm back in 2003 for $625,000. They put the property up in April this year with an asking price of $1.55million, possibly hoping nobody would notice – Elders Real Estate stated in the listing that the “owners are looking for a quick sale.” This is not the first property Hockey has sold in the same area. … Continue reading

A home among the grapevines, for sale


This vineyard estate has been the home of Claire Vickery OAM, founder of The Butterfly Foundation and daughter of Mount Mary winemaker Dr John Middleton. Set on 9.3 acres under vine with Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris grapes, the modern home with a rustic flavour has sweeping views across Port Phillip Bay. The heart of the home is an open-plan living area, which has a large undercover balcony flowing from it. The kitchen is immaculately equipped with Miele stainless steel appliances, and there is a large drawing room. A large master suite and guest wing are also on the home’s main floor. In what was originally a downstairs cellar door is now a family room with kitchenette, dining room, living area and library, adjoining a large … Continue reading

Michael Jackson’s Neverland ranch listed with $100m hopes


The former residence of pop megastar Michael Jackson – the infamous six-bedroom private home and fairground named Neverland – has been put up for sale with an asking price of $100million, according to the Wall Street Journal.  The property, which sits on 2,700 acres in the Californian Santa Ynez Valley, comes with a host of fairground rides, a train station, swimming pools and the set-up for a private zoo. These were all commissioned by Jackson himself, who bought the house and land in 1988 for $19.5million. It was originally built in 1981 with the original title of Sycamore Ranch Valley.  Neverland has been in limbo since Jacko’s death in 2009, but has been maintained in the meantime by real estate company Colony Capital LLC. Last year Owen Blicksilver, spokesman for … Continue reading

An impressive luxury coastal estate…with ‘the best shed in Australia’!


A splendid eight-bedroom property, comprising of four luxurious pavilions and the loftily-titled “best shed in Australia”, is currently taking expressions of interest in Urunga, NSW. Built with bush surroundings in a style that combines Australian and Japanese influences, the property’s main pavilion includes two master-size bedrooms, two bathrooms, a chef-style kitchen, and verandah. There’s also a guest pavilion, games pavilion and the shed pavilion, a space incorporating what the listing describes as the “best shed in Australia” – it even has a mezzanine. There’s also a champion-size tennis court with court-side pavilion, horizon-style swimming pool, and 3.5 acres of private land. View this marvellous property here.