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July 2015

Mediterranean-style home in Tasmanian holiday town (with penguins for neighbours)

Waubs Bay

Sitting on the edge of pristine Waubs Bay, this contemporary house has a sunny northerly aspect, and is only a short walk from restaurants, school and shops in town. The house features an open-plan living area, three bedrooms with ensuites, a home theatre, office, kitchen, pantry, and laundry. Outdoors, a large, undercover patio has a barbeque dining area. The home has underfloor heating and a gas-log fire. The windows are double glazed. The house has automatic entry gates, and a two-car garage. There is a downside - squabbling penguin next door! View the property here. Via The Real Estate Conversation 

Historic castle estate in the Blue Mountains soon up for auction

eurama castle

An estate in the Blue Mountains, which includes the ruins of a historic castle, is about to go up for auction. ‘Eurama Castle’ would need considerable work to become habitable, but it will be auctioned off with 93 hectares of land spread across 15 lots – and all around a 45 minute drive from Parramatta. Eurama Castle was built in Faulconbridge in the early 19th century from locally-sourced sandstone, and is listed by the local council as a significant property. Unfortunately bushfires across the Blue Mountains in 1968 caused considerable damage to the building. However, the estate does still have two swimming pools, an ornamental lake and a tennis court. View the property video here.

This grand Wahroonga home offers views and tranquility


This beautifully-built six-bedroom family home is now on the market in Sydney’s Wahroonga. ‘Tathra’, designed by architect Douglas Sanger, is set amid 1,500 square metres of immaculate gardens, and has views over the valley. The grand entrance to the home contains a sweeping Jarrah and Tasmanian Oak staircase. All of the bedrooms have built-in wardrobes while the master bedroom has a dressing room, a large ensuite with spa, and French doors that open onto a Juliet balcony. The luxurious kitchen flows into a family room, which opens onto the solar-heated pool and entertaining area. The formal lounge and dining room open onto a sun-drenched covered terrace. View this property here.

Baz Luhrmann’s Darlinghurst home relisted, asking $1m more than last time


Superstar Australian director Baz Luhrmann and his wife Catherine Martin are reportedly relisting their Darlinghurst mansion, originally put on the market two years ago – and this time, they’re hoping for $1million more. ‘Iona’, the 1880s home that the couple listed back in 2013 with hopes of $15million, now has an asking price of $16million. It is thought that the family were looking to move to Sydney’s eastern suburbs – the Vaucluse and Watsons Bay area, or near local beaches – but will now be spending the foreseeable future in the United States. The couple paid $10million for the property in 2006 after renting it for nine years. Luhrmann ran his production company Bazmark from the ground floor, while the family home was located upstairs. It was rumoured that the … Continue reading

The closest you’ll get to buying Stonehenge in Australia


Lazy K – a thousand-acre agricultural property now on the market east of Esperance - comes with a rather unique feature: a full-size granite replica of Stonehenge. Built from local stone, the Esperance Stonehenge looks as the original would have in 1950 BC – and, much like its more famous archetype, it captures the sun’s rays during summer and winter solstices. A popular stop on the local tourist route, it is also well known for local functions and weddings. The three-bedroom property’s modern homestead has been built to capture sweeping coastal and nature park views. Boasting abundant pastures, a large concrete-floored shed and circular steel cattle yards, Lazy K is also an outstanding agricultural operation. It has already received interest at around the $5 million mark. View the property … Continue reading

Just Jeans founders relist sublime Port Douglas retreat


Craig and Connie Kimberley, whose family founded the Just Jeans fashion and apparel retail giant, have relisted their fabulous Port Douglas hilltop retreat. ‘Kalimna’ is one of the largest private residential properties in Port Douglas, with land in excess of 4,000 square metres. It boasts panoramic views over the Coral Sea, Four Mile beach and through to the rainforest beyond.     Built in 1991, the residence was designed by award winning architect Christine Vadasz and consists of nine separate pavilions that cascade down the hillside, linked by elevated walkways, stone pathways and an inclinator. “Buildings should merge with the landscape, flowing down and across the land like water. They should respond to the landscape and the local climate,” said Vadasz of the property. It is thought the Kimberleys paid $530,000 … Continue reading

Award-winning masterpiece an exciting escape in Dural

Dural HIA

The winner of an HIA award, and designed by architect David Baggs (ECA Space Design), this spectacular house is absolutely unique. Set on a high ridge deep in the bush, the house is unobtrusive and secluded. Built from concrete and steel, the house retains heat, and has hydraulic skylights that can flush cool valley air through the house. A 20 metre wet-edge pool is a spectacular feature. The house has a central living area, designer kitchen, double office with separate entrance, and a music room. The main bedroom has an ensuite. The mulched native gardens are low maintenance, and a bird haven. A converted railway carriage provides self-contained accommodation, possibly for a B&B, teen retreat, or guest accommodation. The property is zoned for recreation, which … Continue reading