Australia’s property market is oozing eye candy. So, as COVID-19 captivates the world, we’ve put together a list of amazing homes for sale to take your mind off the chaos.
So switch off the news, find a quiet corner and feast your eyes on these jaw-dropping properties.
1. Clovelly, New South Wales
Price: Expressions of interest
Featuring exposed brickwork, vaulted ceilings and floorboards, and original hay-feed trap doors, this spectacular horse stable conversion exudes a relaxed, barn-like vibe.
The home boasts eye-catching architecture as well as a private theatre, plunge pool, billiard room, gym, 1000-bottle wine cellar, custom shoe room and double stacker parking in the garage.
Crawford – who is renowned for spotting talent in a young Nicole Kidman – and his wife Nina Hill sold the property for $2.4 million in 2004.
Now the masterpiece has been listed for sale again.
2. Leopold, Victoria
Price: $20-$22 million
This mind-blowing French-inspired estate on Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula must be seen to be believed.
The elegance and grandeur of Campbell Point House at Leopold is perfect for its current operation as a boutique hotel. The home was constructed in 2008 as a private residence comprising 1400sqm of living space.
The ultimate hideaway is fit for royalty with its secluded 15ha of waterfront land on the banks of Lake Connewarre.
Outbuildings include two three-bedroom cottages, the four-bedroom Lake House, a boat shed, jetty, pavilion and an approved helicopter landing site. There is also an infinity pool, pool house, sauna, tennis court, caretakers’ cottage and a utility building with staff amenities.
3. Hamilton, Queensland
Price: $10 million-plus
The award-winning estate, Ballam, is praised as one of Brisbane’s landmark homes for more reasons than one.
Set on the banks of the Brisbane River on a prime 1609sqm lot, the sprawling residence at 33B Harbour Road in Hamilton takes in a staggering 48m stretch of riverfront and stunning views of Brisbane’s CBD.
Luxury living was redefined when celebrated architect ,Shaun Lockyer, and Hutchinson Builders built the mansion in 2006.
There’s space aplenty with eight bedrooms and nine bathrooms, and no shortage of entertainment areas with a cantilevered heated swimming pool with adjoining bar and kitchen, climate-controlled wine cellar and fully equipped gymnasium.
Unbelievably, the abode also has an architecturally designed cubby house and animal enclosure, as well as several secure children’s play areas and a crèche.
4. North Adelaide, South Australia
Price: $10 million
Home to Adelaide’s current Anglican Archbishop Geoffrey Smith and his wife Lynn, heaven-sent Bishop’s Court is expected to break South Australia’s $7 million price record.
Now on the market for the first time in more than 160 years, the two-storey, seven-bedroom residence, at 45 Palmer Place in North Adelaide, has been home to every Anglican Archbishop in Adelaide since 1857.
Nurtured on a sprawling 5400sqm estate, the historic mansion is surrounded by manicured gardens and offers views of St Peter’s Cathedral, Adelaide’s CBD skyline and Mt Lofty Ranges.
The residence comprises 17 main rooms with mid-century features, including seven bedrooms and four bathrooms, a gallery-sized drawing-room, gracious formal dining room and a beautiful chapel, which was sympathetically added to the main residence in 1912.
The property is listed on the National Trust of South Australia’s Heritage List as well as the State Heritage List.
Last year, the Anglican Synod voted to sell the asset after decades of debate.
5. East Launceston, Tasmania
Price: Mid to high $3 millions
Mansion turned boutique hotel, Hatherley House, was commissioned in the 1870s by Henry Dowling. Dowling sat in the first House of Assembly and was instrumental in the Australasian Anti-Transportation League against the use of Australia as a penal colony.
Architect couple Jack and Rebecca Birrell from Birrelli art + design purchased the Italianate manor at 43 High Street in East Launceston in 2011 for $1.91 million, and tastefully revamped it to bring it in line with the 21st Century.
The glorious property features the largest tessellated tile floor in Australia, a grand bedroom suite – converted from a traditional ballroom – and the original servants’ bell system.
It also has two formal living rooms, eight bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a dining lobby and grand hall with the tessellated mosaic tiles, as well as a hand-painted window with the Dowling family crest.
The mansion is listed on the National Estate and Tasmanian Heritage Registers.
6. Cottesloe, Western Australia
Price: Expressions of interest
This heritage-listed 125-year-old residence has literally risen from ruins through a remarkable renovation.
Set on Perth’s iconic Cottesloe Beach with a staggering 36m of ocean frontage, this spectacular abode at 2 Salvado Street in Cottesloe was a dilapidated, crumbling mess overrun by pests – before WA mining magnate Steve Wyatt purchased it in 2009.
Wyatt appointed luxury Perth builder Zorzi Homes to renovate the historic home, restoring many of its original features including limestone walls, decorative ceilings, fireplaces and leadlight doors. The revamp remains Perth’s most expensive renovation at $12 million.
The original house was a single-storey cottage built for the first general manager of the Bank of WA, Henry Diggins Holmes, and his family in 1893. It was then passed on to the Anglican Church before being sold to an Esperance farmer in the 1970s.
Now a five-bedroom, five-bathroom spectacle, the palatial paradise offers a 10-vehicle garage with opulent marble flooring, a wine cellar, tasting room and laundry.
7. Fannie Bay, Northern Territory
Price: $2.15 million
This tree-topping home epitomises the property mantra: ‘location, location, location’.
Privately-screened by palms trees at 38 East Point Road in Fannie Bay, this architecturally-designed five-bedroom, three-bathroom home holds prime position on one of Darwin’s most sought after streets.
Peppered with timber fixtures and contrasting slate flooring, the secluded property also features a slate swimming pool, wine cellar and beautiful skylight at the top of the spiral staircase to admire the night sky.
There is also parking for eight cars under the house.
8. O’Malley, Australian Capital Territory
Price: $4.995 million
Bold and eclectic, this modern mansion draws inspiration from exotic locations across the globe.
Built less than 10 years ago, the unique family home at 58 Dalman Crescent in O’Malley incorporates a range of materials including various timbers, mosaic tiling, marble flooring and exterior stone cladding.
Set on a 1851sqm block with more than 905sqm of living space, the gated residence exudes sophistication from the street, with a circular driveway that leads to garaging for up to four vehicles.
There is also a cinema with soundproof insulation, electric curtains and a ducted vacuum system.