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An architecturally significant Rose Bay duplex apartment has been sold for about $5 million. It’s atop the landmark 1961 building at the corner of New South Head and Beresford roads the prestigious Sydney suburb. The-700-square-metre penthouse of Peter Kotzias and wife Kathryn has been sold through McGrath agents Paul Ephron and Steven Chen. The apartment occupies the two top floors of a building designed by Ken Willoughby for the Auswild car dealer family. Newly updated by Weir Phillips Architects with interiors by Pyke Designs, the four-bedroom, four bathroom-apartment has 370 square metres internal space plus a 328-square-metre terrace opposite the harbour. At street level it comes with a private lobby with a lift connected directly to both levels of the penthouse. It last sold at … 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

The best private resort in the world?


As we move into the summer months, I thought I would share with you my favourite vacation destination: Kukio, and the contiguous Hualalai Four Seasons Resort, on the Big Island of Hawaii. Kukio was the brainchild of Michael Meldman, founder of the Discovery Land Company, who you might have seen star in the TV show Entourage as a bidder for an NFL franchise. Another foundation investor in the project was the oil tycoon and philanthropist Billy Getty. Kukio is not actually a hotel, but one of the world’s most exclusive private clubs with circa 350 members. Membership does not come easily: you need to buy a home, which can be priced anywhere from US$3.6 million to $US50 million plus. Two of Kukio’s properties are rumoured … Continue reading

Private property: Sydney’s new secret


A slice of Sydney presents a secluded oasis in the heart of the Eastern suburbs for $15.85 million. Located in the prestigious and beautiful, leafy suburb of Woollahra, the property is a rare sanctuary where glamour and sophistication meet with calm open spaces. This newly built masterpiece has been designed by world-class architects, Gerard Thomas and Associates and features interiors by Coco Republic. Set on an exclusive 1,580 square metre parcel of north-easterly facing land, the property welcomes you through elegant gates, along a meandering driveway, to the homes impressive American Oak double entrance doors. The three-level house includes four living areas, two dining areas, five large bedrooms, six bathrooms, home office, private gymnasium, a fully appointed kitchen, home theatre room with built-in under-floor power … Continue reading

The Osbournes to sell for $13 million


Legendary rock  icon, Ozzy Osbourne, and his equally famous wife Sharon, are selling their Hidden Hills home for nearly $13 million. The ex-pat Brits renovated the home and employed the services of celebrity decorator Martyn Lawrence-Bullard to finalise the furnishings, who’s past clients include big-wigs such as Elton John, Cher, and Kid Rock. The estate is spread over 2.25 acres and includes stunning manicured gardens, a sweeping driveway and stone motor court, infinity-edged swimming pool and spa, and a 11,000 square foot residence. The house includes an expansive master retreat which includes extensive walk-in wardrobes, separate his-and-hers bathrooms, as well as his-and-hers private offices. It also boasts a double-height circular foyer, grand formal living and dining rooms with opulent open fireplaces and crystal chandeliers, a … Continue reading

Basking in Brighton’s Bygone era


The original home of the Mytton family, of whom the street was named after, has been released to the market for only the second time since the original development in the 1920’s. With over 500 square meters of private gardens in Brighton’s Golden Mile, this home known as 8 Mytton Grove is only a stone’s through from Brighton Yacht Club, Pier and baths. Originally built by the Mytton family as their own private residence, the home is a 40 square Art Deco beauty constructed over two levels to exacting standards within a block of 11 Apartments. It has now been lovingly restored and renovated whilst retaining many of the original features including the etched glass mural of the Brighton Beach Diving Girl in the main … Continue reading

Luxury at its finest


Inspired by many of the great houses of Europe, this impressive family residence in Melbourne’s Canterbury boasts the level of luxury that this prestigious address demands. Built with impeccable craftsmanship, a meticulous attention to detail and exquisite finishes throughout, 11 Monomeath Avenue is regarded as one of Melbourne’s finest homes. The beautifully proportioned living spaces on the ground floor feature a huge casual dining area and family room leading onto the main terrace. Formal living zones include an elegant sitting room focused around an open fireplace and a separate formal dining area overlooking the terrace. The marble-lined kitchen is magnificently appointed with stainless steel Miele appliances, a central island bench and a walk-in pantry. The luxurious downstairs master bedroom features a spacious dressing room and … Continue reading

$25 Million Majestic Mansion


Retired businessman Peter Longford and his wife Pauline are selling their family home in the Western Australian suburb of Applecross. The stunning riverfront estate is located on the prestigious Majestic Peninsula and boasts an extra wide frontage of nearly 40 metres, and views across Melville Water to Kings Park and the City Centre. The award-winning house was designed by Allan McDonald, with inspiration taken from Addison Mizner, a famous American Architect synonymous with Florida’s Gold Coast with Spanish, Moroccan and Italian influence. The home boasts voluminous proportions, and vast open plan spaces. It includes a mammoth master retreat with a private entrance foyer, adjoining private sitting area, walk in dressing room, and his and hers toilets off a sumptuous master ensuite. The house also includes … Continue reading

Italian inspiration


Situated in a dress circle position in the hinterland of the Gold Coast only 20 minutes from Surfers Paradise, ‘Villa Capistrano’ has been designed to capture the stunning views surrounding this wonderful property. One of only a few elevated suburbs on the Gold Coasts Mudgeeraba hinterland, Tallai is renowned for its limited number of luxurious acreage homes, which rarely come on the market. Enjoying a prime ridge top position, ‘Villa Capistrano’ is inspired by the owner’s origins in the region of Calabria in Italy and combines the very essence of a private rural retreat, with all the glamour of the Gold Coast. Capturing sweeping North Easterly views from every room this grand architecturally designed home is situated on 7.5 acres of bush lands just in … Continue reading

Villa Paradiso sets the bar higher


An elegant 2.5-acre estate in the heart of Belmont, 10km to Brisbane City, is for sale this month, solidifying the New Year’s healthy high-end offerings to the lucky few. This outstanding family home is beautifully designed with a distinct feeling of balance and harmony and has a perfect blend of entertaining areas and intimate spaces. The private estate is entered via a long driveway set behind impressive automated gates that exemplify the exceptional privacy this property holds. It features an immaculately finished two storey home with well proportioned and beautifully decorated spaces, multiple open plan living spaces, formal and informal lounges and dining areas, up to seven bedrooms, a gracious entrance foyer with a two storey atrium ceiling and sweeping staircase, bar and billiard room, … Continue reading