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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

Melbourne CBD to get more luxury living with three new skyscrapers due

New skyscraper

Three new skyscrapers are due to appear over the next few years in the heart of Melbourne, which will result in over 2,000 new apartments in the CBD – most of them likely to be luxury abodes. The most striking of these newly-approved developments will be ‘Australia 108′, expected to be the first 100-storey building in the Southern Hemisphere. This building will be over 300 metres tall and include over 1,000 new apartments. This means there’s likely to be a swathe of new luxury high-rise homes in the heart of the city, potentially to rival those on offer in the Eureka Tower. The building currently known as ‘the highest vantage point in the Southern Hemisphere’ has this two-bedroom apartment at 3701, this three-bedroomer on the 69th floor, and the … Continue reading

Venus Williams preparing for a loss…in the LA property market


Having just pulled out of the Hobart International tournament, and with the Australian Open testing her mettle next week, Venus Williams may have her mind on her day job while she’s over in Australia. But back home in LA her other passion, interior design, is also being put in the spotlight as she lists the home she renovated herself, as part of her own design enterprise V*Starr Productions. However, the 1,500 square-foot Hollywood Hills home, bought by Williams in 2005 for $1.9million, has been listed with an asking price under $1.8million – which means it’s taken a cut despite her renovation work. In 2007 and 2008, Williams did up the three-bedroom house by remodelling the entire abode in the mid-century modern style, adding a fireplace, … Continue reading

“Never lived-in” penthouse of Melbourne’s Eureka Tower for sale


The penthouse of one of Melbourne’s most iconic landmarks, and one of the tallest residential buildings in the world, has just been put up for sale. The apartment, which takes over the entire 84th floor of the Eureka Tower (a huge 7100 square feet), has never been lived in before. When opened in 2006, the Eureka Tower was the tallest residential building in the world. It’s one of only seven on the planet with over 90 storeys, and the Skydeck is the tallest public vantage point in the Southern Hemisphere – which means the 360 degree views of Melbourne from this apartment are not to be sniffed at. While many people living in high-rise apartments might feel that not taking the elevator is too arduous, … Continue reading

Former Melbourne model’s 19th century home Willara to be auctioned


The 19th century home of a celebrated former model is about to be auctioned in Melbourne, having been in the same family for four generations. ‘Willara’, the free-standing residence that was built in 1880 by James DeLacy, is being sold by the current owner – his great grandson, Dominic Lowe. This enchanting example of elegant Victorian architecture is being sold after the death of Dominic’s mother, the model, author and public speaker Marian Trear DeLacy Lowe. A keen lover and chronicler of the city, her most popular books included ‘Walking around Melbourne’ and the best-selling ‘See Melbourne by Tram’. Having been born in the property before it was originally sold off, Marian DeLacy moved back into the house in 1966 at the peak of her modelling … Continue reading

Is this the biggest luxury penthouse in Melbourne? For $4.25 million+


Melbourne is hungry for the ultimate Penthouse, with The Block Sky High stirring interest. For sale in Clarendon Towers, Southbank, is one of the biggest Penthouses in Melbourne, offering spacious living and luxury. With the best of Melbourne at your doorstep. “It has an amazingly spacious floorplan with a top quality fit out, fully functioning bar and stunning city views. It really is the height of luxury in a fantastic central location,” Gerald Betts and Sarah Morrison from RT Edgar Albert Park. A favourite feature is the fully fitted bar with sculpted ceiling. This really is a home for entertaining. Not to mention it has four spacious balconies and expansive living, dining and entertaining areas. The enviable kitchen has Miele appliances, a Viking double oven, … Continue reading

Melbourne’s ultimate residential address


35 Spring St will set a new benchmark for luxury living in Melbourne. With the Treasury Gardens an enviable front garden and the urban playground of Flinders Lane right next door, 35 Spring St will be Melbourne’s most prestigious residential address. Offering views across Melbourne’s famous sporting precinct, the Yarra River, Treasury Gardens, Victorian Parliament and the metropolis beyond, 35 Spring St will become a major new landmark for Melbourne. Large frame picture windows, double glazed and floor-to-ceiling in height, offer a wonderful outlook from within the building and leave the apartments flooded with natural light. Quality finishes and a choice of three color schemes create a sense of sophistication throughout the interior spaces designed for the most discerning residents. Amenities within the building will … Continue reading

Mohonga, South Yarra “Underbelly” trophy home sells


The Mohonga mansion in South Yarra has been sold, but without price disclosure. It was the longtime home of the late Peter Rand, the highly eccentric millionaire property investor. Court hearings in the Victorian Supreme Court were underway earlier this year regarding the estate, the latest chapter in the litigious history of the estate of Peter Thomas Evan Rand, now in its 15th year. He was the son of the late Sir Thomas Rand and the South Yarra property’s name is derived from pastoralist relative, Robert Rand’s Mohonga station in regional NSW. Peter Rand owned and operated brothels and court records suggest he preferred to minimise, even avoid, his obligations to pay tax. Officially Rand left an estate declared in the probate application at $19 million, comprising mostly Victorian real estate. The seven-bedroom Domain … Continue reading

Easy living: Architects own, Malvern


Wendy Nettle, Principal of Nettle Architects, a practice that specialises in private housing has developed a double block in the heart of Malvern, to produce a pair of modern town houses. Architects love designing their own houses, but often find themselves the toughest client to please. Downsizing from a large family home Wendy has focused on distilling the design to encompass the essentials for easy living. Large generous areas can be segregated and zoned when required but the house opens up to be a great entertainer with free movement between all indoor and outdoor living spaces. The house is streamlined in detail and planning, generous in proportion and ensures a high level of comfort with careful selection of finishes, thermal and acoustic specification. For over … Continue reading

Final two riverfront homes at Mirvac’s award winning millionaire’s row


Touted as Melbourne’s Millionaires Row, Yarra’s Edge low-rise neighbourhood, River by Mirvac marks an enviable inner-city waterfront location. Inspired by the area’s rich maritime heritage, these exceptional homes offer a unique opportunity to own a free-hold title along the north facing bank of Melbourne’s Yarra River. Featuring stunning city and water views with a select few enjoying their own marina berths right at their doorstep, these magnificent homes are complete and ready for residents to move in. Only two exclusive Riverfront Homes are now available for purchase. The exceptional $5.5million four bedroom, three bathroom Riverfront Homes offer relaxed contemporary living over four light filled levels. Expansive living areas define the superior lifestyle that residents will enjoy. The designer homes come complete with a wealth of … Continue reading