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 June 2012

"Norma House" - on Palm Beach

Delightful Living by the water...

General Features
PRICE RANGE:   Over $3 Million
  • Property Type:   House
  • Bedrooms:       3
  • Bathrooms:      2
  • Land Size:       740 m (approx)
Outdoor Features
  • Garage Spaces:1
No front of home image for this house for sale, but they wisely
posted the living room photo as their main pic - and you can probably see why!
This is a delightful home in Palm Beach, NSW - are you like me and
thought there was only a Palm Beach on the Gold Coast QLD??

It seems Palm Beach is about an hour north of Sydney,
def a place to consider calling home if the houses are like this one!!!
Beautiful Entry Way,
Almost French Provincial feel to it!

Probably a bit somall this kitchen, time to renovate I think!!!

Lovely use of black and white as a feature colour scheme in this room,
imagine waking up to that view!!

Interesting wall - no?

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Just amazing - imagine breakfast here,
birthday parties, playtime - wow!

Come on people, can you seriously see yourself here,
day after day - Seriously?
Seriously Yes, I can....

AND Here's The Master Plan!

And Here's what the Agent said about it! 

"Norma House"

One of the first homes in Palm Beach, Norma House is a living, breathing testament to the romance of the past and the beauty of the present. The Vendors have poured their hearts and souls into the rejuvenation of Norma House, resulting in a sophisticated home that captures the character and charm of Palm Beach's by gone days.

* The stunning north aspect & panorama sweeps from Pittwater, Palm Beach, Barrenjoey Headland across the Pacific Ocean to the horizon.
* Breathtaking views and endless skies provide the ultimate, iconic backdrop and complete the beautiful picture.
* The open plan living and dining rooms are classically sophisticated and elegant, providing a balance between style and comfort.
* Bevel edged glass bifold doors open to create a vast entertaining area flowing effortlessly between the house and the split level deck.
* For quieter evenings, nothing could rival the ambiance of the wine cellar. Two Edwardian armchairs beckon you to come, sit and relax. Be enthralled by the history of the home, all revealed via a series of intimate lighting and unique glass cellaring creating a mood of calming delight.
* The extensive use of a white palette with black accents, mirrors and polished chrome enhance the feeling of space and light.
* The curved lines of the traditional Australian surf clubs provided the inspiration for the huge covered and waterproof terrace downstairs. Here, in the event of inclement weather, all the extra living space you need is at hand.
* Ambiance in the classic and traditional Palm Beach style is the result, way beyond the usual jurisdiction of these all too over worked words.
* Original floorboards have been brought back to life. Intricate stone footings have been unveiled and are now lovingly displayed, highlighting the history and humble beginnings of the home.
* Three bedrooms, each with queen size beds and walk in or built in wardrobes.
* The state of the art Sonos and Rhapsody audio visual system provides endless music throughout the house.
* A well known holiday rental ensuring substantial rental returns all year-round

Located north facing on Palm Beach headland, your choice of surfing and swimming at Palm Beach or Whale Beach can alternate daily.

Back at the oasis of Norma House, your barefoot luxury is assured.


23 June 2012

Beautiful Family Home in Hamilton, with style.

Stylish NSW Living..

General Features

  • Property Type:   House
  • Bedrooms:      6
  • Bathrooms:     3
  • Building Size:  678.19 m² (73 squares) approx
  • Land Size:     2023 m² (approx)
Indoor Features
  • Indoor Spa
  • Rumpus Room
  • Ducted Heating/Cooling
  • Wine Cellar
  • Carport Spaces:  2
  • Garage Spaces:  3
  • Swimming Pool - Inground
  • Tennis Court
 This home caught my eye because of the lovely dark subtle 
colours used throughout the home,
I imagine there is a lot of exposed (buffed) concrete around,
well that's how it looks anyway!!

 Not a bad view at night, sipping on wine...
Guarding your domain...   :)

I think the house must be behind a fence to get such a boring front photo...

 They've got a few styles of interior decor,
above it's quite dainty, feminine,
as is below - note the featured ceilings below!

 Wonderful use of Orange here,
But of course, this is way more masculine in here,
almost a completely different decor style.

That must be a mini bar in the basement or something??

I simply love the colours in the Kitchen.
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Very nice bathroom style & fittings.

  Nice Set up out here - yes?

Tennis Anyone?
Or Beer Below!

AND here's the Master Plan!


AND here's what the Agent said about it!

Discreetly situated behind impressive gates in the heart of one of the most exclusive suburbs in Brisbane, resides this glamorous home of exceptional quality and exquisite style.

Occupying 2023m2 of prime north facing land with lovely elevation, the home provides a selection of indoor and outdoor spaces ideal for entertaining on any scale.

The entrance gates open to reveal a private courtyard with a feature wall of classic Bisazza Mosaico tiles and lush, tropical foliage.

Upon entry, the striking reception and sitting rooms set the tone of the home with rich, dark, polished timber floors and the Moooi smoke chandeliers by Maarten Baas complimented by a sophisticated colour palette created by Monica Blinco Design.

The large, light and airy family room of the upper level opens to a northern aspect through oversized sliding glass doors on to the wide verandah which overlooks the impeccably landscaped grounds below.

The substantial proportions and northern orientation is shared also by the elegant master bedroom. It boasts his and her wardrobes and a luxurious Bianco Carrara marble tiled ensuite with dark timber cabinetry, granite bench tops and stainless steel basins. A frameless glass shower recess with the choice of two shower heads and a separate bath complete the appointments.

The upper level also includes a 3000 bottle, temperature controlled wine cellar which functions as a formal dining room perfect for intimate dinner parties. There is also a very large study which features a beautiful marble accented fire place and floor to ceiling storage and book shelves.

Encompassing its own wing of the home is a state of the art, modern kitchen designed by Wyer and Craw. It features 2pac cabinetry, island bench with stainless steel bench tops and up- to- the- minute appliances by Liebherr, Gaggenau and Miele. It also includes abundant space for relaxed, family dining.

A further two lovely and very spacious bedrooms with generous windows and a marble tiled family bathroom complete the upper level.

The ground level is zoned for guests, recreation, relaxation and entertaining. It features an enormous family room with polished concrete floors, an all-inclusive kitchenette and audio visual system with surround sound. The room opens via huge sliding glass doors to an undercover terrace, courtyard with built in bbq and a large grassed area.

A flood lit, championship size tennis court with north-south orientation and a tranquil, fully tiled, heated pool provide a choice of year round recreational diversions. The adjacent lawn is perfect for a casual game of family cricket, a raucous childrens party or a large scale elegant marquis function. Outdoor speakers and professional garden lighting enhance the atmosphere while the mature landscaping ensures a wonderful level of privacy.

An additional 3 spacious bedrooms, powder room, bathroom, laundry and storage complete the lower level along with a 3 car garage, workshop and 2 car guest carport.

30 Windermere Rd is a contemporary architectural statement that incorporates privacy, character and striking design. It offers the perfect blend of luxury lifestyle and modern sensibility. Located in Brisbanes most exclusive enclave with close proximity to the city, prestigious schools, boutiques, cafs and excellent transport, this is a unique opportunity to secure a property of distinction.

Extensive features and inclusions are listed below-

- External Front Gate Intercom, Camera & Monitor
- Back to Base Security
- Fully Wired Surround Sound Speakers & Controls
- Ducted Air Con Throughout
- Ceiling Fans Throughout
- All Joinery by Wyer and Craw Design
- Automatic Irrigation System
- 70 000L Underground Concrete Rainwater Tank
- Gas Heated Pool & Cover
- Remote Controlled Automatic Driveway Gates
- Remote Controlled Automatic Garage Door


13 June 2012

Bye Bye Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas...

We'll Miss You...

We just got back from a few days in Port Douglas, with the kids, tiring, glad to be home, but was a wonderful holiday.
Wonderful weather, need I say more...
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Yes we stayed at the Sheraton Mirage in Port Douglas,
Skasey's old haunt,
it was lovely, but it did still look like what it did in 1980's - literally - decor wise,
I'll spare you the photos of that time warp,
but here's some wonderful outdoor snaps, the grounds are spectacular,
so well kept, lush, inviting, quiet, yet great for kids...
(although not a great deal for our kids ages 4 & 5, moreso 8 - 10yos)

Seriously, so many pools, YET SO COLD!
No heating in the pools, trust me, not for the faint hearted swimming in winter,
despite it looking so inviting!
Why can't they just heat ONE pool - that's all we ask!!

Port Douglas is "VERY" far north,
an hours drive north of Cairns, Queensland Australia.
It is moreso for adult couples and retirees,
but we gave it a go anyhow,
next time, I think we'll stay at Cairns, more for young kids there.

Wonderful outdoor design and appearance,
although the hotel overall seemed nice,
there was a lot of wear and tear, 
it clearly needs some money spent on it, 
painting wouldn't go a miss.  
We can live without new bathrooms,
but white paint would give it a new lease on life.

Our Room was on the third floor (a bit tiring up and down stairs
with kids who couldn't wait to climb stairs all the time)

The hotel staff were lovely,
although it was clear they were understaffed,
we often had to wait for basic things.

This was what we left in melbourne,
wet rainy day, 9am,
we flew Qantas direct to Port Douglas,
good flight!

Rosie loved the beach,
we weren't sure she would cope with the beach because she is so "touch senstive" 
because of her autism, but she was ok after a while...  She Loved It!

The weather was perfect for us every day,
around 25c every day!

Getting our hands dirty on the Port Douglas Beach!

Playing at the Port Douglas Rex Smeal Park, near Macrossen Street

This Kids Park at Port Douglas, along the water,
was fantastic - lovely views for miles!
Rex Smeal Park.

Pretty Much the whole time we were "working" parents of some form,
here's Dad doing his usual "extra" load!

Yes, you can get hitched while you are there,
there's a chapel behind the Hotel, just in front of the beach!

The Food was Fantastic at the Sheraton Mirage, 
really one of the highlights of the stay,
this was the kids chicken/chips meal $15

There was a party (wedding) Monday Night, 
they had it on "Giligans Island" above - so lovely!
The music kept DH up a bit,
but me, oh no, I sleep thru anything these days!

This was another event (probably wedding) at another spot on the
resort on the same night - busy entertaining place obviously!
Why not!

Check out the lush surroundings, 
def the tropics!

 Here's Rosie exploring the beach,
in her own time, like everything in life.

Here's her brother exploring in his own way,
he was diagnosed Aspergers recently, 
but with therapy, he is coming along lovely!

 Here's me with Rosie on the BalleyHooley Steam Train Ride.

 CYA next week!
I need time to regain my energy and sanity!