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...

30 October 2011

"Clendore" St Kilda

Steve Vizard's Melb Pad
General Features
PRICE RANGE: Approx $8 Million

  • Property Type: House
  • Bedrooms: 7
  • Bathrooms: 10

Outdoor Features
  • Garage Spaces: 2
I used to love Steve Vizard's comedy,
does anyone else remember Fast Forward?
I quite liked the gay guy Darryl!

Anyways, only recently in 2007 Steve sold
his $17.5 Million house in Toorak,
and now this $8 Million Mansion
in St Kilda is for sale. See what you think!

Very contemporary and masculine imo...

From the street, it's all heritage, and ain't it fine!

Completely revamped inside, now ultra trendy.
(can you see the original ceiling moulding,
large skirting boards etc, and I wonder if it's
worth bothering retaining these features
when everything is soooo modern???)

Don't we all need dining rooms this size!!!
And what's with the lamp to the left, falling over?
is that a comedy thing I wonder...!

Yes, well, my DH would love this library!

What's with the boring bedroom,
minimalist 101!

I noticed the house has seven bedrooms,
shame they only showed us this one.

Great place to live, St Kilda,
I should know, I did a few years ago,
I had an apartment right opposite the beach!

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

"Clendore" - Iconic Luxury Landmark

Proudly residing in the heart of St Kilda's much celebrated entertainment precinct is this iconic Italianate masterpiece steeped in history and versatility. Located just metres from the beach and Melbourne's best restaurants, the impressive light-filled mansion bestows three levels and 17 principal rooms of superb proportions and impeccable presentation. Originally built in the 1880s and recently updated, the grand colonnaded building currently serves as a luxurious inner-city family sanctuary. Restored and renovated to exacting standards, the ground floor houses a large study/library with floor-to-ceiling oak bookshelves, private den and two formal rooms - all featuring original cornices, soaring ornate ceilings, limed oak floorboards and marble fireplaces. A sundrenched central atrium and gallery paves the way for a contemporary Northwest oriented entertaining domain comprising a Carrara marble kitchen with European appliances and walk-in pantry, family and meals zone as well as an outdoor deck area. The second and third floors deliver seven bedrooms with limestone en suite bathrooms (including a main bedroom with adjoining designer bathroom and oversized dressing room), a two-tier 12-person cinema and fitted eight-station office. A fourth-level Paul Bangay rooftop garden provides the ultimate setting for fine entertaining and stylish alfresco dining. Enjoying unique 360-degree views across Albert Park, the Bay and CBD, it accommodates a lavish infinity pool, built-in barbeque kitchen and pergola. Other first class features include a 15-person Schindler commercial double-door lift that connects all four floors, European triple-glazed glass, advanced CCTV security, top quality finishes and fittings, smart wiring, zoned air-conditioning, off-street parking and three street frontages. This extraordinary property offers a plethora of opportunities with infinite possibilities. Other potential uses include a boutique hotel, private club, commercial offices, gallery, showroom and embassy.


28 October 2011

The old homes just get better and better!

Grainger Place, Brighton
General Features
PRICE RANGE: $1.7-$1.8 Million
  • Property Type: Townhouse
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2

Outdoor Features
  • Open Car Spaces: 2
Here's what the Agent said about it...

Now known as Grainger Place,
299 New Street was the birthplace of world renowned
Australian musician and composer
George Percy Grainger on the 8th July, 1882.

Problem is I've never heard of him.
Oh well, I imagine Brighton was a tad different
when he was born there some 130yrs ago!

And wouldn't he lurve the home now!

Black n White, yes, but I like it sometimes...

I think the kitchen is small for the house,
but I love the black stools so much!!!

Hey for a 130yr old home, this study is fantastic!
Notice the skirting boards - HUGE!

I think this bathroom is divine!

AND here's the Master Plan!
AND Here's What the Agent Said about it!

Refurbished to a rare level of perfection/ Victorian grandeur merges with 21st Century

Birth place of Percy Grainger

Set to become an iconic Brighton address, this magnificent 3 bedroom residence offers an unparalleled standard of sophisticated family living where Victorian grandeur merges with 21st Century spaces and exquisite appointments.

Now known as Grainger Place, 299 New Street was the birthplace of world renowned Australian musician and composer George Percy Grainger on the 8th July, 1882.
The majestic Victorian home (circa 1880) standing on the 479sqm (5,156sqft) approx site has been completely refurbished from the foundations up. The meticulous attention to detail is immediately apparent from the external refurbishment that includes rendered brick walls which were a hallmark of classic Brighton Homes in the mid 1880's. It comprises a grand entry hall with a stately archway, three bedrooms, main opens to private grassed courtyard and boasts a sumptuous ensuite with separate shower and bath and double basin vanity; an elegant formal living and dining room with a marble surround open fireplace, a vast open plan living area with kitchen, meals and informal living spaces that opens to a wraparound courtyard garden through three sets of French Doors; custom-built home office/study; powder room and laundry. The kitchen showcases Miele appliances, granite benchtops and timber cabinetry. Highlights include high ceilings, ornate cornices, deep skirting boards, central heating, air conditioning and much more. Plus there are four car spaces, two of which are covered.

Wonderfully located, it's within easy walking distance of the beach, leading schools, railway station, restaurants and the sophisticated Church Street and Bay Street shopping precincts.


24 October 2011

NSW Country Living at it's finest...

"Amboise", Southern Highlands
General Features
PRICE RANGE: $2.75 Million

  • Property Type: House
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Land Size: 0.52ha (1.28 acres) (approx)
  • Price per acre: $2,148,438

Outdoor Features
  • Garage Spaces: 2
This home is gorgeous!
Tanya, the owner, was kind enough to tell me about it,
had I found it myself, I would have def posted anyway,
in a heart beat.

See what you think!

Tanya said they have been nurturing the house &
garden into it's current state for nine years!
It looks 100 years old to me!!! (I mean in a good way!)
Picket Fence and all...

Very Town & Country Living isn't it!!!

I just love this breakfast room,
check out the detail on the curtains, gorgeous!
Pom Pom's!!

Classic white kitchen,
how can you go wrong!

Tanya said they have just bought a
"sad house in Noosa" which she is going to
tackle with a "British Colonial tropical plantation look" in mind!
I can't wait to see that one,
I wonder if that one will take another nine years!!

Notice how all you can see out of every window is
trees and greenery! My kind of view...

And here's my favourite two rooms, the kids rooms...
how gorgeous are they!
Love the curtains, the colours,
the comfortable feel to the spacious rooms,
my kids rooms in our house are way too small,
I so wish these rooms belonged to my kids.

How gorgeous is that canvas over the bed!!!

Tanya said that she met a lady at the Eumundi Market
(website www.canvasmyroom.com.au)
who customises artwork and posts them to you.
I had a quick look at her website, her work is gorgeous!

But I have to say, I'm going to copy her curtain design in
both the kids rooms at my home here, colours and all.
I think they are fabulous.

She also said the white blanket box was
a cheap find at a flea market
which she painted
and custom covered the lid - amazing!

The garden speaks for itself,
but I had to say my favorite thing was the cubby house,
which she built herself!!
And check out the veggie patch!
Scarecrow and all....

BEST WISHES Tanya, thanks for the heads-up on your ad,
I reckon you are going to have a quick sale too,
and I can't wait to see what you do with the Noosa House!

AND here's the Master Plan!

AND here's what the Agent said about it!


A much admired “trophy? ~ Amboise is set on over 1 ¼ acres (5165m²) in one of the districts most sought after locations.
This level parcel of land, with a superb northern aspect, is beautifully private and enjoys a well established garden.
The house, truly the epitome of country living, with polished timber floors, 10ft ceilings, formal lounge and dining rooms, north facing casual living areas including meals and sitting rooms, adjoining a modern kitchen with walk-in pantry, reverse cycle air conditioning plus separate central heating.
5 bedrooms (2 with ensuite bathrooms), a study, large main bathroom, and attached double garage with storage.


21 October 2011

Lovely Large Family Home in Perth

Subiaco, old meets new...
General Features
PRICE GUIDE: $1.9M to $2.2M

  • Property Type: House
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Land Size: 445 m² (approx)
Indoor Features
  • Study
Outdoor Features
  • Garage Spaces: 2
I've been working on a new online gifts store,
so my time has been distracted,
more on that in a month or so!

But I still wanted to post this home,
I really loved the open feel of the main part of the home,
see if you like it!

The exterior has two components to it,
the large and modern appearance above,
and the quaint and heritage appearance below!

And who doesn't still love wide porches...

I really love this part of the home..

Great looking kitchen, large, functional.

This is my dream office set up for me and my DH,
or perhaps the kids when they behave!

AND here's the Master Plan!

AND here's what the Agent said about it!

Faultless, Effortless, Seamless

Stylish contemporary living over 3 expansive levels - this magnificent residence boasts stunning features throughout whilst cleverly blending the original quintessential Subiaco with a contemporary light filled sanctuary.

The home's use of natural light & space makes the most of it's attractive corner position & reflects the well thought out design from this award winning Melbourne Architect. This blue chip location is moments from cosmopolitan Subiaco & Shenton Park with Perth's best coffee, wine bar, transport, Lake Jualbup, schools all within 5 minutes walk.

Form meets function with adaptable living spaces, perfect proportions & an emphasis on sustainable living. With eco-friendly features including a grey water reuse, solar HWS, underground rain water storage tank & a solar passive orientation with the sun-drenched, north-facing aspect is an efficient & green way to live.

-Basement cinema/wine cellar
-Resort-style backyard with pool, decks and built-in BBQ
-Formal sitting room (or 4th bedroom) opening onto a picturesque verandah, tranquil garden with city skyline views
-Master bedroom with original ceilings, walk in robe & opening onto a luxurious ensuite with outdoor courtyard shower
-2 additional bedrooms with built in wardrobes
-Open plan lounge, dining, kitchen opening onto large outdoor entertainment area
-Floating upper area - perfect for home office, kids rumpus room, library
-Powder room, laundry
-Double garage
-Extensive storage
-Security entry

Solar passive design
-North facing living
-Concrete slab - thermal mass
-External automated louvre blinds to control heat gain
-Solar hot water with rinnai gas booster
-Low energy light fittings
-Rain water collection and reuse back to toilets & washing machine (7500L water tank under the deck)
-Grey water reuse garden reticulation
-Water efficient fixtures
-Bamboo floor
-Well insulated - R3.5 batts
-Ceiling fans