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This blog is my *virtual magazine* of stunning homes in Australia currently for sale. The homes are not necessarily perfect (like in a magazine shoot) so you need to forgive some obvious mistakes, and just enjoy seeing how others live, perhaps even take some inspiration from here n' there! (if you see your home here, take a bow because I search high and low before I finally decide to post a home for my blog!) THANKS FOR DROPPING BY...

25 February 2010

Toorak's finest

Divine Living in downtown Melbourne!

PRICE RANGE: $2-3 Million (unconfirmed)

Property Summary

Category: House
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 6
Garage: 4
Close to: Melbourne: 5km (direct line)

Bestill my heart, despite this home looking quite boxy from the outside, it is a beautifully designed and decorated residence, 10 minutes from the city of Melbourne in one of our most expensive suburbs, Toorak...



We have a black front door too, so they must have good taste! LOL


I wonder if this home is as stunning
in real life as it in these pics!

Mannequin in the hallway, we should all do that!



This formal living rooms are divine!
The curtains are softly draped in an amazing mix of old and new...


Even the casual living areas are elegant, but relaxed...

The kids area no doubt!
(with it's own bar of course!)



The is nothing short of fabulous, great colours, great materials,
all round beauty!
I love the glass display wall to the right of the above pic...



What a dreamy bedroom, again, the curtains, awe...




In case you didn't notice, the bathrooms appear to be the "run of the mill" marble!
Black chandelier contrast, nice touch!
Apparently each of the 5 bedrooms has their own bathroom, of course...







Here's the Master Plan, wowza!


AND here's what the agent said:

'The Ultimate Luxury'

Located in one of Toorak's finest streets.

This outstanding 1940's Bates Smart McCutcheon stately landmark home has recently been totally renovated and extended with meticulous attention to detail restoring this grand home to its former glory.

This stunning as new 5 bedroom ( each with ensuite and WIR) home comprises a grand entry hall with sweeping staircase, fitted study, elegant formal sitting and dining rooms, media/movie room , Billiard room, 2 powder room, rumpus room, informal lounge, Ilve kitchen, light filled family room and meals area opening onto a Paul Bangay garden with a swimming pool and tennis court.

Additional Features include 4 car basement garage, lift, wine cellar, sonos sound system throughout, heating/cooling, security system and ample storage.


WOWEE

22 February 2010

Not another boring Waterfront Sydney Luxury Home

Double Bay at its best...
Property Summary

PRICE RANGE: Over $11 Million

Category: Apartment
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 4
Garage: Double
Land: 520.00sqm (approx)
This home is actually a two story apartment in a group of three in beautiful Double Bay.
I just find it so hard now to find luxury properties in NSW that aren't on water... hmmm, go figure!



Nice colours, nice style, very comfortable, move right in!



It appears it is compulsory these days, two sink areas!


Nice view from the bedroom, interesting side pendants and love the pop of red here too...


So this is how the other half spend their sunny sunday afternoons...



And here's the master plan if you're interested...

AND What did the Agent Say?

Exquisite Waterfront Villa - Approx 520 Sqm of Indoor/Outdoor Living set on 2 levels.

Positioned on the Double Bay waterfront with intimate views of the boat-filled harbour from virtually all rooms, this superb property offers a wonderful sense of peace and seclusion in the heart of the Eastern Suburbs.

One of only three within a beautiful European inspired building, this two storey apartment offers the size and feel of a house, while flawless interior design, a stunning array of finishes and superb indoor/outdoor flow with direct access to the harbour combine to create a truly breathtaking effect.

The style is both classic and contemporary with sleek limestone floors, earthy timbers, warm neutrals and a free flowing, open plan design blending perfectly. To complement the interior living space, the home is appointed with a state of the art integrated sound system, ducted heating and cooling, full security system, double EcoSmart fireplace and an entertainer's kitchen with premium European appliances.

There are 3 bedrooms opening to a large balcony - all with walk-in robes and luxurious limestone ensuites, a versatile office or media/cinema room, gym with steam room, vast amounts of storage, laundry, utility room, garaging for two cars with internal access, level lift access from the superb lobby, use of the building's harbourfront swimming pool plus a potential marina berth acquisition.

Nestled in a tightly held cul-de-sac, this property offers outstanding convenience and is situated between Redleaf Pool and Double Bay's cosmopolitan village shopping scene.

WOWEE

20 February 2010

Noosa Sound(s) Fabulous Living on the Water

Where should we park our boat dear?

Property Summary
PRICE CATEGORY: $7.4 MILLION
Category: House
Building: 640.00sqm (68.89 squares) (approx)
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3
Garage: Double
Land: 789.00sqm (approx)
Close to: Brisbane: 120km (direct line)
Features: Open Fire Place, Alarm, Ducted Vacuum, A/C

In typical Queensland style, another wonderful home on the water, where you can park your own boat (or is it called "moor")??

Sensational living room, beautiful light aspect,
I could def spend my days here, wow!
Have a look at your backyard, other beautiful homes on the water,
what more could you ask for??


You've probably noticed by now, that a lot of this home is "curved", soft architecture... is that what you call it! I love it..
Curves, curves and more curves...


Check out that awesome bath and the windows, gorgeous!



Ahh, this is the life people!

AND What did the Agent Say?

Outstanding luxury waterfont home

Features:

  • Open Fire Place, Alarm, Ducted Vacuum, A/C
If you are seeking an exclusive piece of paradise, this exotic hideaway is incredibly close to Hastings Street and Noosa main beach - an easy, flat walk of just 600 metres. It enjoys an exquisite, serene, riverside setting with an almost double river frontage. It is one of the largest allotments on Noosa Sound.
The home itself is an outstanding luxury retreat. Just imagine swaying palms, balmy summer evenings, a sun soaked sandy beach, delightful mature, tropical gardens with sparkling pool and a resort style, luxury residence where the river flows quietly past. It is truly gracious living at its best. Designed by Paul Clout and constructed by Glen Fuller it has a fine pedigree. From the moment you enter the grounds, you will appreciate the soaring columns arising majestically as though from the depths of the pool.
The kitchen is superb and if you can take your eyes from the sparkling riverside views, you will appreciate the inclusions from three dishwasher drawers to a coffee machine, inbuilt wine refrigerator, superb European appliances and beautiful stone benches. The kitchen serves directly on to the waterside terrace which flows towards the barbecue area housing a refrigerator, two more dishwasher drawers and a stainless steel barbecue. The home is designed for entertaining. The in-built sandstone and timber cabinetry in the living areas is glorious. The master suite is outstanding - an enviable retreat not only for sleeping, but relaxing on the lounge, watching the television which at the push of a button disappears into the fine cabinet. Even the ensuite enjoys superb views over the river. The huge, curved terrace off the bedroom suggests you could be on the bridge of a ship overlooking the waterways. There are also three other large bedrooms and two more exquisite bathrooms plus a powder-room. The extensive use of sandstone for the terraces and as features is soft underfoot. There is also the warm hue of timber flooring downstairs and rich carpets up. The ceilings are soaring.
This is a home of exemplary design, a dedication to excellence and a magnificent achievement in style where entertaining is always a pleasure. So, if you have a taste for luxury and fineness, this home will surpass all expectations. Here you have the choice of chasing some sun or shade on the each of the five entertaining terraces, gathering a breeze or closing it away. A great deal of thought and pride has gone into this Australian Home of the Year (2005) and it is now for sale for the first time. If you have a love affair with the water, now is your opportu nity.

Other Features:
600m to Hastings Street. Large allotment. 5 dish drawers. Wine fridge. 5 televisions. 2 bar refrigerators. 1 Jen-Air refrigerator. Fully landscaped. Lawn to both poolside and riverside. Automatic blinds.

WOWEE

16 February 2010

Hope Valley Cont Historic Home

Where could we put the wine barrels dear?

Property Summary

PRICE RANGE: $2.4 Million
Category: House
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 3
Carport: 4
Close to: Adelaide: 14km (direct line)
Features: Inground Pool

This is a pretty amazing house, the original homestead is circa 1892.
The exterior is more reminiscent of a historic home than the inside refurbishment, which is, put simply, very modern! Even comes with an ensuited guest suite, a bit of a luxury in a historic home...



Aluminum windows around the patio, hmmm, interesting historic application there!


I've never seen an entire glass wall (and door) like the above one, well, cept in law firms!


And next time you are completely baffled as to where to put your wine barrels, take inspiration from this home, hang them high on your living room wall, put some feature lighting on them, and call it a feature! Bet you didn't think of that!


The only disappointment to me with this conversion (update - whatever you want to call it) is that the outdoor/indoor living areas don't flow. The door to the outdoor pool etc is up those stairs through that doorway, a bit like Truman's exit!



There's that Truman exit again!

A bath, right plonk in your bedroom (no carpet - ouch)


This is the family bathroom, a bit bare for my liking, if you want to see the website dedicated to this home, check out here.


Notice the timber paneling down the right side of the pic, as it curves to the ground level, very nifti! I like how the pool is half in the sun, and half undercover.


And here's the master plan...

A very modern refurbishment architecturally speaking!


AND what did the agent say - plenty...

Living history, on a grand scale!

Features:

  • Inground Pool
In 1892, the Tolley family arrived in Hope Valley with visions of creating a renowned winemaking dynasty. In the verdant landscape and fruitful soil, they also achieved their ambitions. But the Tolleys also passed their torch to a family who would follow 110 years later with their own dreams. The result is a breathtaking re-birth: an historic winery converted into one of Adelaide's most imaginative and spectacular homes - truly the "Toast of the Valley".

On this 2,800 square metre estate, history has evolved into cutting-edge comfort. Its grand scale is evident the moment you enter the main living area. Here is the former Tolleys cellar, restoration and innovation have worked hand in hand. The living and dining room occupies an astonishing 306 square metres - a soaring space where imagination has no limits. Indian graphite tiles with underfloor heating create warmth and cosiness, even in this vast expanse. Painstaking work has removed hundreds of metres of plaster, allowing the building's history to be read in the sandstone walls. Gallery windows, formerly bricked up, are rejuvenated and full of light. A room that once stored rows of wine barrels now has an entirely new life.

Adjacent to the living area, old winery laboratories have been transformed into three of the home's five spacious bedrooms, each with raked ceilings and individual split system air conditioning. The master suite of 75 square metres has a bath made of reconstituted marble, a huge walk-in robe and an opulent ensuite. The room's annexe, with original sliding door, is perfect for a gym or office.

The main bathroom with spa bath and dual vanities is finished to the highest specifications. But perhaps the home's crowning achievement is the award winning custom kitchen. Overlooking the enormous main living area, the kitchen is ingeniously designed to meet the challenge of becoming the focal point of this singular residence. Its stainless steel wet area flows seamlessly into CaeserStone bench tops and a solid jarrah casual meals area. The overall effect is striking yet discreet, with an array of appliances integrated and concealed, servicing two cooking zones. Even the stainless steel exhaust system makes a bold visual statement, soaring towards the six metre ceiling's original timber rafters and with automated skylights.

A mezzanine provides a relaxing space to soak up the splendid view of the living area below. Five sets of baronial double doors are also an impressive sight, leading to 397 square metres of majestic gardens. Six hundred tonnes of earth was trucked in to landscape the grounds, which can also be enjoyed from a fully covered al fresco entertaining area. But for the ultimate entertaining, the former grape crushing house has been converted to a giant party room, with heated pool, original timber fans, a wet bar with dishwasher, and north facing timber deck.

Like the fine wines it once housed, this property has improved with age. A purity of design and a sense of understated glamour set the modern tone for 1,100 square metres of living space. The meticulously crafted complex is grand yet simple, bold yet tasteful, imposing yet inviting. In these vast spaces, every centimetre has been showered with attention, and the result is monumental. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a fascinating building with a new life. A new "living history", ready for you to add your own chapter.

Points of Interest

* Construction began in 1892 with sandstone from a nearby quarry
* Allotment size: 2,800 sqm (3/4 acre)
* Living area (total): 1,100 sqm (approx)
* Living/Dining room: 306 sqm (approx)
* Master bedroom: 90 sqm (approx)
* Huge loft
* Original slate paving outside
* Old port vat (with hydraulic elevator) converted into a huge unique cellar
* Indoor heated swimming pool has automatic cover. Other features in the pool
area include north facing decking and w.c. behind stylish frosted glass
* 20m deep well a feature by the pool
* Master bedroom with hand crafted marble spa and finished to the highest quality
* Automated skylights with block-out blinds and rain sensors
* Award winning kitchen includes: Solid jarrah workbench, 2 x side by side
integrated/concealed fridges/freezer with ice maker, 2 x fan forced underbench
ovens, a convection microwave, steam oven and induction hotplate, dishwasher,
2 x pull out pantries, all is finished to the highest specifications
* 2 x hot water services
* 4 car garaging with remove operated doors
* Fully automated C-Bus system installed
For more info and navigation, visit
www.4johnramsay.toop.com.au

WOWEE