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...

31 March 2011

Better living at Brighton

Melbourne Bayside
General Features
PRICE RANGE: $3.65 Million
  • Property Type: House
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 6
  • Land Size: 606 m² (approx)
  • Price per m²: $6,023
It's a feeling I get, but I think Brighton houses are new money,
whereas Toorak houses more old money.
Just a feeling...

This is a new home, and
I guess a developer has knocked down some
old run down house, and put this one in its place.
Asking $3.6 Million,
I'd say there is quite a tidy profit in this kind of development.

This is obviously an architect designed home,
but it has only been staged,
it's clearly a lonely home needing a new owner with a dog
to run around and scratch the new shiny timber floors!

Nice to see some colour here!

I think this bathroom is spectacular!

And here's the Master Plan!

AND here's what the Agent said about it!

A home of distinction: The ultimate in quality and luxury!
Make a lifestyle choice! Choose the good life – a life where comfort and relaxation are paramount, where your home is a haven, where your surroundings are best suited to your needs, where the perfect juxtaposition of formal and informal living and entertaining is as one with indoor and outdoor living and entertaining. Pick a location that makes the most of the laidback bayside lifestyle, handy to all the outdoor activities you desire, close to boutiques and bistros, excellent schools, public transport, parks and reserves… Select the property that will make you and your family happiest. Decide on this fine property!

Yet you’re making much more than a lifestyle choice with this superlative, brand new residence. You’re also opting for the finest quality – in design, construction, finishes and fittings. You’re going for luxury and beauty, for glamour and good taste, for style and pizzazz, for technology and practicality, for prestige, contemporary creativity and classical calm. You’re voting for a home that sets a new benchmark for integrity.

The bold contemporary lines in the façade of this home are echoed in the skilful design of its interior. Incredible spaciousness and a flood of natural light are integral to the design. The wow factor is created by the large scale rooms, the extensive areas of glazing, the extra high ceilings and doorways, the superb finishes including stunning solid brushbox floorboards, and the meticulous attention to details. Nothing has been overlooked in creating this incomparable home.

You’ll love the formal living room looking out to the enchanting paved and landscaped front garden. The study is grand-size and comes with a BICs, dual-accessed fully tiled bathroom (with easy access to the glass-fenced swimming pool), and private deck. If desired, the study could be turned into a guest’s suite, although there’s plenty of accommodation upstairs.

The vast open plan informal living room is simply magnificent. What a wonderful natural light-drenched space it is! Huge areas of glazing (including bi-fold doors to allow direct flow between indoors and outside), as well as a massive LED 3D television set, a gas log fire, marble-topped built-in cabinets, and an outstanding kitchen that could make a chef out of the most reluctant cook. Gleaming cabinetry, breakfast bar, CaesarStone benchtops, glass splashbacks, and Miele stainless steel appliances are just the beginning. A built-in coffeemaker takes all the work out of the task. A fully integrated plus-size fridge and freezer hides behind emporite doors. The adjoining butler’s pantry (with sink) includes a 2nd dishwasher. There’s even a wine storage fridge in this dream kitchen.

Upstairs, there’s pure wool carpeting and an air of serenity. A comfortable sitting room/idyllic children’s retreat (with 65�? Panasonic TV), with private balcony, is an oasis of calm. There are 4 bedrooms. The children’s bedrooms each have their own stylish bathrooms, and have built-in wardrobes. The master bedroom suite is huge. It includes a sitting area, a fitted walk-in wardrobe, and an ensuite that is the last word in luxury – right down to a bidet plus a stand-alone bath.

Ah, the alfresco lifestyle – it should always be this good! The wide covered deck (with ceiling fan) is more like an outdoor room, with its built-in BBQ and tranquil garden outlook. Enjoy lazy days around the sparkling, fully tiled, swimming pool which stretches on forever, thanks to a huge mirror at the far end! Solar and gas heated, the self-cleaning pool (with night lighting) includes a spa plus a lamina jet water feature that changes colour.

Finishes include:
• 2-pac kitchen & bathroom joinery
• CaesarStone or marble benchtops
• Porcelain tiles in bathrooms
• Paco Jansen-designed handbasins
• European bathroom fittings
• Solid brushbox timber floors & stairs
• Spotted gum decking

Amongst the extras:
• Video intercom (downstairs and upstairs)
• Security alarm
• Wiring for security camera
• Sony LED 55�? 3D TV in the family room, plus a 65�? Panasonic TV in the upstairs retreat
• Vintec wine storage fridge
• Jamo surround sound systems in family room & the upstairs retreat
• Cabling for pay TV throughout the house
• Telephone outlets in all rooms
• Zoned heating and refrigerative air conditioning
• Ducted vacuum
• Powder room
• Abundant storage
• Fully automated garden watering system
• Direct entry to house from double garage (remote controlled door)
• Automated front gates

Land size is approximately 606sq m.

Expect the very best with this property – your expectations are sure to be exceeded!


26 March 2011

West Leederville by the lake

Lake Monger views in WA
General Features
PRICE RANGE: Over $1.3 Million

  • Property Type: House
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
Indoor Features
  • Air Conditioning
Outdoor Features
  • Garage Spaces: 2
Other Features
  • Built-In Wardrobes
  • Fireplace(s)
  • Built 1923
I was drawn to this 1920's home because if it's simple,
yet stylish refurbishment.
Love the fit out, love the colours for a heritage home...

Nice hallway,
I'm particularly drawn to the colour in here,
any ideas what it might be???

Very pretty room.

I think that marble backsplash is awesome!

I'm loving the way they have done the white over
the huge cornice,
I think it might be a few cornices joined together.
Then they've done the room colour under it.
It's that schmancy colour I liked above!!!

AND here's what the Agent said about it!

Lake-view Beauty
With all the charm of yesteryear combined with the contemporary luxuries of today, this exquisitely renovated and extended 1920's character property has been transformed to an ultra elegant family home.

Breathtaking from the front with it's wide decked verandahs, stained lead light window panels,white plantation shutters, manicured gardens with standard roses and elegant magnolias provide the perfect setting to relax and let the world go by while you take in the views of beautiful lake Monger.

Features include...

* 4 large bedrooms
* 2 Modern bathrooms (Bath in main) with Italian marble flooring
* Charming fireplaces to both front rooms
* Rich, wide Jarrah boards throughout
* White plantation shutters to bedroom windows
* Wide central hallway with soaring ceilings
* Architect designed contemporary extension
* Stunning chef's kitchen with stone benches, marble splash-back and Miele appliances
* Open plan Living and dining area
* Pretty garden courtyard off living area
* Timber framed bi fold doors open onto North facing covered / decked AL fresco dining
* Stylish contemporary light fittings throughout
* Reverse cycle ducted Daikin A/C
* Double lock-up garage off rear sealed lane-way

Where old world charm, timeless sophistication and practical conveniences have been seamlessly blended to personify contemporary family living at its best.


21 March 2011

"Wilhemina" 1890 Vic Villa

South Australian Heritage
General Features
PRICE RANGE: $2.95 Million

  • Property Type: House
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 4
Outdoor Features
  • Carport Spaces: 2
  • Swimming Pool - Inground
I know I normally show the front facade of the home
in the first pic, but I think this is the front!
I can't see how else it would work on this block,
swimming pool and all!

And I had to show the whole exterior
of this home before the interiors,
which are equally beautiful below...

The gardens look divine!

Say goodbye to the old, above,
and hello to the new, below!

SA Life magazine October 2007

The bathroom is nice above,
but I really am not a fan of marble tiles
floor to ceiling, like below,
which I notice from time to time in heritage homes
and I think to myself - what were they thinking!!!

And here's the Master Plan!

AND here's what the Agent said about it!

"Wilhemina" Exquisite Distinguished Villa Circa.1890
Prestigiously positioned in the highly prized College Park precinct providing the very best lifestyle Adelaide has to offer. This immaculately presented Bay Window Sandstone Villa residence exudes stunning sophistication and charm.

Representing the perfect meld of both character and contemporary themes throughout, the residence and is sure to impress the most discerning of buyers. Renovated and extended by Keith Najjar in 2007 with meticulous attention to detail and finished with his signature sublime refinement. This residence offers an outstanding level of quality, accommodation and lifestyle options...

Comprising an elegant entrance, formal lounge room, informal sitting room, three spacious bedrooms down stairs all with built in robes, fireplaces, master bedroom suite with ensuite, formal dining room and casual dining which merges seamlessly with the spectacular marble kitchen contemporary living area and adjoining "loggia terrace" to create a superb expanse for sophisticated entertaining.

The second level offers a further two spacious bedrooms and acts as a separate living arrangement with its own bathroom and storage.

The "Signature Wine Cellar" features a dazzling entrance to an awesome collector's wine cellar for the serious connoisseur...

This opulent home is surrounded by stunning established "designer" gardens with pretty borders and layering with glorious outlooks from every aspect. the gardens have been designed by Caroline Dawes and Virginia Kennett

What makes it special...

Featured in SA Life magazine October 2007
Established designer gardens by Caroline Dawes(back) Virginia Kennett(front)
Architect Keith Najjar
Builder Mark Kuchel
Character fireplaces
Surround sound and BOSE speaker system
Fully ducted Reverse Cycle Heating/Cooling
Advanced security system
Polished floorboards
Private and Secure
Signature Wine Cellar
Solar Heated Swimming Pool
Two glorious levels of flawless living
Sustainable fully reticulated garden
1304 sqm approx allotment

"An outstanding illustration of flawless elegance"

Enjoy this wonderful location, within close proximity to cosmopolitan The Parade, Norwood, prestigious St Peter's College, Botanical Gardens, Linear Park, popular shopping precincts and so much more...

Experience the prestigious luxury and style, for those who appreciate superior quality and elegance at a glance...