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A surfers paradise on The Sunshine Coast

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Bob Cooper’s boards have carried surfers on waves all over the world and now he and wife Wils’ beautiful surf-side home at Marcus Beach on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is on the market.   Bob’s trade as a board shaper began in California before Australian waves lured him and led to a long professional career with the likes of Barry Bennett and Hayden Kenny, and his own business.   After 26 years raising a family and running his own successful venture in Coffs Harbour, he and Wils retired to the Sunshine Coast 17 years ago and built their Steven Kidd-designed Santa Fe-style villa on a beach fronting block with ocean views from the home and pool.   It was romance that drew them back to the … Continue reading

Gates rents in Sydney for Christmas

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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

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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

Exceptional Family Luxury

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Robert McClure, Chairman of Life Fitness Australia and thoroughbred horse breeder, is selling his home in the prestigious Melbourne suburb of Toorak for $3.5 million. Situated on the corner of a tranquil cul-de-sac and walking distance to Toorak Village, the house features a captivating blend of European elegance and distinctive designer style through beautiful formal rooms, a grand entrance hall with a sweeping staircase, an inviting study with gas log fireplace, gourmet kitchen, four bedrooms, four bathrooms, home theatre, double garage, and a separate laundry. There’s also gorgeous family dining and living rooms that open onto a picturesque North facing landscaped garden and luxurious swimming pool. For further information, find it on Millionplus.

Bedarra Island sells Charlton Hotel Group

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The Bedarra Island Resort in Far North Queensland has been sold to the Charlton Hotel Group through CBRE Hotels agents Wayne Bunz and Paul Nyholt. The family-owned hotel group will undertake repairs and refurbish the resort, which has been closed since February’s Cyclone Yasi. Just three months after Bedarra was put on the market it’s been sold to the Queensland-based family company with links to former Australian Olympic gold medallist swimmer Andrew "Boy" Charlton. The price has not been disclosed. Bedarra Island Resort occupies 44.96 hectares of land on the island and prior to the cyclone the resort offered secluded accommodation for just 32 guests in 16 luxury villas, which enjoyed a strong trading history in recent years. The resort, which was named as Australasia’s … Continue reading

Emdur Scoops the Pool

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Larry Emdur purchased an impressive Dover Heights mansion for $6.8 million. The co-host of ‘The Morning Show’ and ‘Weekend Sunrise’ on Channel Seven will be waking up to 180 degree ocean views from his new palatial cliff-top home. Emdur and his wife Silvie, bought the house from Lisa Krukziener Moss, the wife of Jeff Moss, founder of Packer-family owned fashion empire Pretty Girl. The Moss family purchased the house for $7.1 million from artist Elaine Diamond, the widow of medico Robert Diamond. The Diamonds bought the property for the inverted figure of $1.7 million, and demolished the original house to rebuild the stunning modern residence that now stands. The two-storey home has an impressive double height foyer, with a sweeping staircase. The main bedroom, which … Continue reading

Family sells after 45 years

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Professor Doreen Rosenthal, who is a Professor at the Melbourne School of Population Health at Melbourne University, and her husband Dr David Rosenthal, a former GP and Life Governor of the NGV Foundation, are selling their home in the leafy Melbourne suburb of Malvern for $2.4 million. "For 45 years, David and Doreen have brought up their family and carefully maintained the impressive period features of this magnificent home. It really is one of the most exciting opportunities that buyers have had in a long time," says Agent, Dean Gilbert. The magnificent c1890 Victorian villa features impressive period detail throughout, and generous proportions. It includes four bedrooms, a sitting room, formal dining, living room, and an open-plan family meals area and kitchen.  There is also … Continue reading

Family unit set to expand

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Ben Pascoe, and his wife Tiffany-Lynn Pascoe, are selling their house in the Melbourne suburb of Malvern this month. Ben is the owner of City Automobiles Renault, Kia, and Prestige in Richmond. He comes from a family steeped in car sales history, gaining his knowledge from his father John Pascoe Snr, who owned City Automobiles – City Saab,  City Jeep/ Chrysler, City Lotus, and City Hyundai. Carrying their family unity further, Tiffany runs an artisan cheese hamper company ‘Farmgate Cheese’ with her cousins Laura and Travis out of a shop in nearby Hawthorn. The Victorian home has been beautifully renovated throughout and includes three generous bedrooms, one bathroom, a separate powder room, a living and dining room with open fireplace, and a gourmet kitchen. Outside … Continue reading

Currumbin Valley’s finest

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Currumbin Valley’s finest creek estate, named ‘Sarah-Jac’, has come on the market for $3.95 million.   The country estate was built in 1998 for Australian V8 Supercar driver, Paul Weel, and is located on over two hectares of lush farmland and bordered by the Currumbin Creek. The estate consists of an elegant single level main house connected by a raised walkway to an expansive American style, two-storey barn that still bears the attributes of car racing fever in the basement garage. The current owners, Mark and Cath Priest, purchased the home in 2007 for its quiet, private country location whilst only minutes to world renowned surf beaches, along with the capacity to accommodate their teenagers and friends. Agent Carol Carter says, “I have received a … Continue reading