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

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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

X-Factor judge Guy Sebastian sells in Sydney before Auction


Ex-judge of Australia’s addictive X Factor, Guy Sebastian, has sold his Clovelly home with his wife Jules Egan. While in New Zealand performing on The X Factor NZ, Sebastian and his wife were negotiating the $2.22 million sale of their four-bedroom house on Knox Street, well before its scheduled August 10 auction date. Sebastian is reportedly looking for a property in the nearby area with room for a recording studio and garden space for the couples’ son Hudson, born in March. Sebastian was the first winner of Australian Idol in 2003, and has the most number one singles for an Australian male artist in Australian music history.

Chenchow Little-designed trophy home Freshwater House listed expecting $4.75 million+


The Chenchow Little-designed, Freshwater House is on the market for the first time with a price guide of over $4.75 million. Built in 2008, Sydney’s Freshwater House won the coveted Robyn Boyd award – Australia’s peak architectural award for residential – in 2009. The property features four bedrooms and three bathrooms over three levels, with the upper level dark-bronze panels retracting at the push of a button. The entertainer’s kitchen includes three ovens and three sides of the house feature large sliding glass doors. The property also boasts an elevated swimming pool with a waterfall and garden. Located on Undercliff Road, Freshwater House is only metres from Freshwater Beach and offers ocean views. “The market in Freshwater has been very strong of late with more … Continue reading

Gates rents in Sydney for Christmas


When the second richest man in the world rents a house in one of Sydney’s most expensive – therefor Australia’s – suburbs, you know it has to be a pretty breath taking property. The $35 million Vaucluse mansion, named Portofino, belongs to luxury car importer Neville Crichton. It is spread over three levels and includes six bedrooms, gym, cellar, multicar garage, spectacular harbor views, and a private jetty. The family, including Gates’ wife Melinda, and children Jennifer, 15, Rory, 13, and Phoebe, 9, are here for a month long Summer holiday to experience their first Australian Christmas. Gates, who is estimated by Forbes magazine to be worth $59 billion, is renting the home for $25 thousand per week.

Billionaire snaps up Balmoral’s Kahala


Ros Oatley-Lambert, the wife of the former Southcorp wine chief Keith Lambert, has snapped up their neighbouring Balmoral harbour front property, Kahala, to improve their boating facilities. The 1,485-square-metre Hopetoun Avenue acquisition was sold by Albert Bertini, the flamboyant property developer. The Lamberts own the adjoining Rivendell, which is set on a 2,000-square-metre double block. The sale price has not been revealed but it last traded for $22.5 million in pre-global financial crisis 2007 and was therefore expected to sell through Raine & Horne Mosman for less in the current subdued market. It’s speculated the price was above $18 million, perhaps just shy of $19 million. Bertini and his former wife, Heather, bought Kahala from the successful veteran property developer Phil Arnold, who’d owned it … Continue reading

A Jewel in the Peninsula’s Crown


An iconic property situated on the exclusive Mornington Peninsula, the holiday playground of the super wealthy, is on the market in excess of $12 million. The sale of this unique architect designed property presents a rare opportunity to buy a significant estate in Merricks, where the last property to be sold on this exclusive enclave was over five years ago. “Properties on the Mornington Peninsula are the most sought after trophy homes in Australia, or even the Asia Pacific Region,” says Agent, Tom Ormerod. Completed in 2007, after four years of planning and construction, ‘Cunana’ was designed by award-winning architect Alfred de Bruyne of SJB Architects; with SJB Interiors completing the interior design. The home is composed of rammed earth bricks, which were made on … Continue reading

Julia Ross to sell for over $40 million


Australia’s recruitment ruler, Julia Ross is selling her Sydney home for more than $40 million. One of Sydney’s most esteemed homes, Villa del Mare was built in 1999 by developer Nati Stoliar and designed by Chris Norris. Located in Wolseley Road, Point Piper, the Mediterranean-style residence is set amid impeccably landscaped gardens on more than 1500 square metres of land overlooking the harbour. Spanning three levels, the home includes six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, extensive formal and informal living and dining spaces, bar room, entertainer’s kitchen, stately office, gymnasium, and a dedicated wine cellar. The property also features dual access from Wolseley Road and Wentworth Street, with both entrances accommodating parking for three cars. Ross bought house in May 2005 for $21.5 million, which set a … Continue reading

Fashion founders on the move


Co-founder of one of Australia’s most well known fashion labels, Country Road, has listed his home in Melbourne’s Toorak for in excess of $7.5 million. Peter and Mandy Vial, who now run another successful retail venture, Elwood Jeans, built the home on a block that was originally on two titles. The property has retained many of the original established trees and gardens, which creates a spectacular setting for the architecturally designed, six bedroom home. It includes light filled entertaining and living rooms all orientated to the north, four bathrooms, separate study, elegant formal living and dining rooms, gourmet kitchen, a cellar for 120 dozen bottles, and superb elevated views. The grounds include a full sized north south tennis court, swimming pool with spa, and a … Continue reading

Ladies in Pink


Pink Lady silhouettes, the symbol of Jellis Craig charity partner Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA), have been on display at Jellis Craig auctions throughout October – Australia’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. BCNA works to ensure that women diagnosed with breast cancer and their families receive the very best information, treatment, care and support possible – no matter who they are or where they live. “Jellis Craig has been supporting the breast cancer cause for many years, predominantly through our annual autumn racing event, which will continue in April next year with the Jellis Craig Pink Lady Cup,” says Jellis Craig CEO, Nick Dowling. BCNA’s work not only focuses on those newly diagnosed but, importantly, it supports women when their treatment is over. It provides women … Continue reading

Discount Mansions


The changing property market on the Gold Coast makes it the perfect time to inspect some of Australia’s most beautiful properties – of course, strictly by private appointment only. Take, for example, the ‘Modernist Masterpiece’ designed by prominent Australian architect Alex Popov. The property is situated on the riverfront at the Gold Coast’s most exclusive address, Cronin Island. The showpiece home features five luxurious bedrooms, four bathrooms and a powder room. The architect’s understated elegance sees the unique open plan living space look out to the inviting heated pool and river. The landscaping is the work of celebrity gardener Andrew Pfieffer. The master wing is completed by stunning balcony views, bathroom, and extensive walk-in-robe. The home also features a detached bungalow, with guest bedroom, bathroom … Continue reading