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...

28 September 2010

"Hargate" Launceston

Launceston Iconic Federation
General Features
PRICE RANGE: $1.5 Million
  • Property Type: House
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Building Size: 285.03 m² (31 squares) approx
  • Land Size: 921 m² (approx)
Indoor Features
  • Floorboards
  • Dishwasher
  • Open Fireplace
  • Hydronic Heating
Outdoor Features
  • Remote Garage
  • Secure Parking
  • Garage Spaces: 3
  • Balcony
  • Courtyard
  • Outdoor Entertaining Area
  • Fully Fenced
Built around 1900, this Queen Anne Federation home
has been extensively restored to it's original feature,
overlooking the Tamar River and Launceston.

High ceilings, timber floors, detailed plaster work...

These colours look original to me!
24 carot gold tapware, not so original,
not my cup of tea!

AND here's what the Agent said about it!

Hargate is an iconic and beautifully restored heritage listed Launceston city mansion providing 300 degree views to the horizon over Launceston and the Tamar River. Built between 1900 and 1903 in the gracious Queen Anne Federation style. Hargate displays unique and impressive architectural features and enjoys a delightful and significant history. Hargate is set within a large and authentic heritage style landscaped garden.

Seven upstairs rooms comprised of four bedrooms.
The main bedroom ensuite is authentic federation style.

Two identical award winning bathrooms with 24 carat gold
neo classical tap ware and full size claw foot baths.

Five downstairs rooms comprised of a highly ornate drawing room,
magnificent large formal lounge, formal dining room, full size study, self contained laundry.

Ornate fire places in every room except study and kitchen. Italian marble fire places in the drawing room and lounge and ornate cedar mantle in dining room.

The enormous eat in kitchen boasts Tasmanian myrtle cabinetry and walk in pantry.
Modern features include gas cook top, electric oven and dishwasher. French doors and windows providing beautiful view over significant and private rear garden.

Highly efficient hydronic heating is installed throughout the entire lower level.
Wool batt insulated ceilings on the upper level. Direct access is available to upper verandah from all but the fourth bedroom. Polished Baltic pine floors on upper level and polished Tasmanian Oak floors on the lower.
On site lock up garaging for 3 full size cars and a workshop" which is a rarity given the central location.

Hargate is truly a prestigious Launceston City mansion and iconic landmark


26 September 2010

If I could retire in Mosman (No.1)

Manors of Mosman
General Features
PRICE RANGE: $1.3 Million

  • Property Type: Apartment
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
Outdoor Features
  • Garage Spaces: 2
So what does $1.3 Million get you in a
retirement home these days...

This is Mosman retirement living style!

Living room leads out to private patio.

Large dining room...

Own kitchen.

3 Bedrooms...

And then the home's communal areas...

No more cooking?

AND here's the Master Plan!
(not a bad size for a retirement flat I thought,
but then, what would I know!) ha

AND here's what the Agent said about it!

Situated in the prestigious “Manors of Mosman�? is this extra large beautifully presented single level garden apartment. This spacious exclusive residence is surrounded by lovely gardens and offers complete privacy. The sunlit living area is large with high ceilings and huge windows, flowing out to a lovely garden courtyard. All three bedrooms are double and two of the bedrooms and bathroom are in a separate wing off the living area, making it perfect for a live in house keeper or guest accommodation. Make this your last move, with space around you in a calm environment, where family and friends are welcome at any time as they would be in your own home. • Lovely eat in kitchen with European appliances and Granite bench tops • Secure double garage with lift access. Ducted air conditioning, internal laundry room, video intercom • Restaurant, two heated pools, spa and gymnasium, community lounges, barbeque entertaining area, games room • 24 Hour security, 24 hour medical support. Social co-ordinator, village bus and independent or assisted living


24 September 2010

TOP 5 Mosman Homes (No.2)

Simple Elegant Federation
General Features
PRICE RANGE: Over $2.5 Million

  • Property Type: House
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
Outdoor Features
  • Garage Spaces: 1
This isn't a huge home, or exy fit out,
just simple styling. Mind you, it's still not cheap!

For a federation home, this place has a lot of white and timber.

I could live here.

Here's the Master Plan!
AND here's what the Agent said!

A Private and Elegant Federation Home with Harbour Vista
Hidden from the street behind an enchanting north facing walled garden, this gracious Federation home offers a wonderful sense of peace and privacy. Immaculately presented and graced with elegant period features, it features two distinct living zones, plentiful outdoor space and views over the harbour to Manly from the upper level. Surrounded by prestige homes in a coveted setting on the genteel Balmoral Slopes, it offers potential to extend the upper level taking full advantage of the fabulous views.

- Built c1909, beautifully proportioned & carefully restored
- Sun dappled living with bay window & garden outlook
- Formal dining with marble fireplace, lovely high ceilings
- 4 large beds + study, 3 with b/ins, main with walk-in robe
- Charming gas kitchen & skylight family living & dining area
- Private entertainer's terrace & a level grassed garden
- Elegant main bathroom, fitted laundry/powder room
- LUG, central heating, 5 minute stroll to Balmoral Beach


22 September 2010

TOP 5 Mosman Homes (No.3)

Subtle Stylish Home
General Features
PRICE RANGE: $5 Million

  • Property Type: House
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 4
Outdoor Features
  • Garage Spaces: 2
I loved the colours in this home,
very stylishly done!
More like "elegant" rather than "feminine".



curtains shut

curtains open

Typical elegant interior.

Nice entertaining, overlooking the water...

Here's the Master Plan!

AND here's what the Agent said about it!

Luxuriously Appointed Family Home set on approximately1,000sqm
Set in one of the quietest and most picturesque areas of Mosman this very private home occupies three levels of easy living and entertaining.

Wake up to a view of sail boats and rowers in training from the majestic 7.4 metre long master suite with walk in robe, ensuite with views, terrace and extensive views over Quakers Hat Bay.

- Open plan living/dining room and kitchen with American oak floors
- New designer kitchen with marble benchtops, Gaggenau appliances, double Liebhher integrated fridge and walk-in pantry
- Four bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms and TV/Library/study.
- Self-contained entertaining pavillion by pool on lower level or separate nanny accommodation.
- Reverse cycle airconditioning
- Two jetmaster gas fireplaces
- 10 metre salt water pool with jet vac cleaning system
- Extensive sandstone terraces and landscaped floodlit gardens
- Automatic exterior blinds
- Back- to- base security and internal intercom
- Two street frontages with double lock up garage and ample storage.

Land dimensions: Approximately 1,000 sqm
Internal house dimensions: Approx 400 sqm
Terraces: Approx 98sqm


21 September 2010

TOP 5 Mosman Homes (No.4)

Living by the water...
General Features

  • Property Type: House
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 4
Outdoor Features
  • Garage Spaces: 3
I imagine this home to be one of the grander
homes to drive by in Mosman...

Huge windows with great views from most rooms!

Nice decor.

Balmoral beach

AND here's the Master Plan!
AND here's what the Agent said!

Sophisticated Living with Captivating Views
This near new residence is undoubtedly one of Balmoral's most awe inspiring architecturally designed homes finished in the finest quality materials and setting new benchmarks of excellence in architecture, construction and attention to detail.
Superb living areas including an open plan kitchen and family/dining room plus separate formal lounge
5 bedrooms all on one level with casual entertaining area
4 stunning full bathrooms including 3 ensuites and separate powder room
Expansive entertaining terraces, sun filled northerly aspect with sparkling pool
Easy stroll to both Balmoral Beach and Chinamans Beach
Triple garage, storage room and cellar, ducted air con, integrated sound and security
This is truly an entertainer's paradise.