Real Estate

Placeholder Content Image

Company speaks out after Sydney dad’s $700,000 dream build ruined

<p><span>A Sydney dad was left shocked after he saw the family dream home he had sunk $700,000 in.</span><br /><br /><span>He says he has been left with a bizarre “half-house” that is the result of poor communication on behalf of the building company that was employed to build his dream home.</span><br /><br /><span>Nepalese man Bishnu Aryal saved $398,950 to purchase a block of land in Edmondson Park where he planned to build the home of his dreams for his family.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840755/halfway-house.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a17fb982196948e0bd60c2ebb5f26285" /><br /><br /><span>Mr Aryal employed Zac Homes for a custom off-plan build worth $322,400 in 2016 and let the business get to work, saying he “trusted the process”.</span><br /><br /><span>However, after checking on the house three years later he told <em>A Current Affair</em> he “nearly fainted” after discovering his freestanding build had been turned into a duplex.</span><br /><br /><span>“Where’s my house? I want the rest of my house. It’s not a freestanding house, it’s not a duplex, it’s half a house. And it looks embarrassing,” he told the program.</span><br /><br /><span>Zac Homes said the build began as a single freestanding home but claimed it had to be altered to fit with Liverpool Council regulations.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840754/halfway-house-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/56335549485c485e9b583d98448166c2" /><br /><br /><span>The company claimed Mr Aryal was made aware of the change of plan and even gave him opportunities to pull out of the contract more than once.</span><br /><br /><span>However, since the <em>A Current Affair</em> episode went to air on Monday night, Zac Homes has decided to release a statement after being bombarded with one-star reviews.</span><br /><br /><span>They said they were taking to Facebook to “provide some context to the dreadful situation”.</span><br /><br /><span>“The disagreement that’s causing the holdup is between the certifier and Liverpool City Council and we’re working hard with them both to try and rectify the situation as quickly as possible,” the company said.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840752/halfway-house-3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/c7e07de081124d49a607d452d4e78c56" /><br /><br /><span>“The fact is the owners of the lot next door have failed to proceed with building their home and that’s why the certifier has continued to refuse to issue an Occupation Certificate.”</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Aryal was less than impressed with the explanation though and took to Facebook to claim the building company had been giving “false statements” after his story being made public.</span><br /><br /><span>“Zac Homes again has given a false statements with the media. This is why I bring this up, their statements has no proof and just making up the imaginary sentences,” he wrote.</span><br /><br /><span>Zac Homes went on to say they had “done all we can” by conducting on-site meetings with the certifier, going to the council, and lodging a complaint to Fair Trading NSW.</span><br /><br /><span>The building company have also said they’ve waived a fee of $23,000, along with deferring Mr Aryal’s final payment in order to alleviate some of the family’s stress.</span><br /><br /><span>“It’s a mess. We know that. Even though this situation hasn’t been caused by us, we are doing what we can to ensure that the right thing is done by Mr Aryal and his family. We feel for them,” the company said.</span><br /><br /><span>On Monday night, Mr Aryal explained that his family had been given no choice but to move into the house due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic limiting their options.</span></p>

Real Estate

Placeholder Content Image

101-year-old former nurse gives away million-dollar apartment

<p>An apartment in Darling Point, Sydney, has sold for a whopping $1.7 million after being given away to St. Vincent’s Private hospital.</p> <p>The “time warp” unit went under the hammer as part of a $6 million estate and was initially given away by nurse Anne “Nan” Kearins, who died in 2019 at the age of 101.</p> <p>The 1950s apartment was part of Ms Kearin’s blue ribbon share portfolio worth $6 million.</p> <p>The two-bedroom apartment located on Yarranabe Rd had five buyers registered.</p> <p>Selling agent Walter Burfitt-Williams from Ray White Taylor and Partners revealed that one buyer was an expat based in London, while the others were young professionals.</p> <p>Mr Burfitt-Williams told News Corp that the home was in a similar condition to how Ms Kearins would have bought it back in 1959.</p> <p>“It’s a real time warp – particularly the kitchen and bathroom,” he said.</p> <p>Ms Kearins started at the training school with St. Vincent’s in 1936 when she was just 18.</p> <p>The next 70 years were spent as a nurse, educator and volunteer.</p> <p>The nurse, who had spent time in Europe to study, was apparently extremely popular with patients who gifted her with diamond rings, ruby earrings and Rolex watches.</p> <p>Ms Kearins died in 2019 at St Vincent’s aged care in Bronte.</p> <p>She never married and had lived at the apartment into her late 90s.</p> <p>In her later years, she became a major advocate for nurse education and made a gift of $200,000 to St Vincent’s Private in 2014.</p> <p>Mr Burfitt-Williams also said he planned on donating he his commission on the sale back to St Vincent’s.</p> <p>The St Vincent’s Private Hospital Sydney is planning to make a range of programs and training services for future nurses in honour of her service and generosity.</p>

Real Estate

Placeholder Content Image

Young family shocked over $700k home build disaster

<p><span>A Sydney family has been left devastated after they discovered that their $700,000 home was literally half of what they were hoping for.</span><br /><br /><span>Nepalese man Bishnu Aryal moved to Australia and saved for a deposit on a $398,950 block of land in Edmonson Park, for over a decade.</span><br /><br /><span>However, Mr Aryal couldn’t believe his eyes when he realised his dream home was cut down the middle.</span><br /><br /><span>He says he employed the services of Zac Homes for a custom off-plan build worth $322,400 in 2016.</span><br /><br /><span>While he initially “trusted the process,” and let the business get to work on his dream home, he admitted he “nearly fainted” when he realised his freestanding build had been turned into a duplex taking up half the block.</span><br /><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840698/family-house.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/05e2141e8de147bbb4de36eb70ed545f" /><br /><span>The house that sits on the right hand side of the block has a giant windowless wall facing the empty half.</span><br /><br /><span>“I called the supervisor and asked him what’s going on, why is the house like this? And he said “it’s a duplex, semi-duplex”, and I nearly fainted that day,’ Mr Aryal told A Current Affair on Monday.</span><br /><br /><span>“Where’s my house? I want the rest of my house. It’s not a freestanding house, it’s not a duplex, it’s half a house. And it looks embarrassing.”</span><br /><br /><span>Zac Homes said the build initially began as a single freestanding home.</span><br /><br /><span>However they said it later had to be altered to fit with Liverpool Council regulations.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840697/family-house-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/83a61aed25b94485b8c1aabef65f4f25" /><br /><br /><span>The rules allegedly stated that the block had to be an attached dwelling.</span><br /><br /><span>“Zac Homes appreciates the frustrations of Mr and Mrs Aryal surrounding the delay in the issue of the Occupation Certificate, these delays are not caused by Zac Homes,” a spokesman told the Daily Mail.</span><br /><br /><span>“Instead, Zac Homes has worked diligently and at its own cost to attempt to remedy the outstanding matters so that the Occupation Certificate can issue,” it said.</span><br /><br /><span>Zac Homes says they made Mr and Mrs Aryal aware of the change of plan and were given opportunities to pull out of the contract more than once.</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Aryal told Channel 9 his family was forced to move into the house due to the coronavirus pandemic limiting their options. </span><br /><br /><span>Sadly enough, the peculiar home has been attracting locals, the upset homeowner said.</span><br /><br /><span>“A lot of people are always taking photos on the street. They think it looks pretty ugly,” he said.</span></p>

Real Estate

Placeholder Content Image

See inside Jerry Seinfeld’s stunning Colorado retreat

<p><span>Jerry Seinfeld’s stunning holiday sanctuary may just be one of the most glorious properties you’ve ever seen from a celebrity.</span><br /><br /><span>The comedian and his wife, Jessica, are looking to offload the Colorado paradise for $19.65 million (US $14.95m).</span><br /><br /><span>The 27-acreage is frequently visited by the Seinfelds and their three children as they are all avid skiers.</span><br /><br /><span>Listing agent Bill Fandel told Mansion Global that the pair have decided to sell as their children are older and due to the fast-moving real-estate market</span><br /><br /><span>The guesthouse that boasts four-bedrooms and adjoins onto the property is also available for $3.65 million (US$2.77m), reports claims.</span><br /><br /><span>The Seinfelds bought the ski getaway in 2007 for a cool US$7.55 million.</span><br /><br /><span>The estate has been up for sale in the past as well, including when Jerry tested the waters in 2011, with a price tag of $24 million (US$18.3 million).</span><br /><br /><span>The couple then had a change of heart and took it off the market within a few months.</span><br /><br /><span>Colorado is home to many incredible estates that cater to the rich, and this 1,140 sqm rustic lodge with 11 bedrooms, 11 full bathrooms, and three half-bathrooms, is no exception.</span><br /><br /><span>Built in 1991, the home is nestled persfsctly into the private enclave and offers a perfect holiday spot for family and friends in the small town of Telluride.</span><br /><br /><span>Seinfeld purchased the main house in 2007, and the guesthouse a year later to use as a caretaker’s cottage.</span><br /><br /><span>“After the Seinfelds purchased the property, they did a remodel and re-imagined the whole place,” Mr Fandel said.</span><br /><br /><span>There is a vaulted great room that comes with a stone-surround fireplace, and even offers unbelievable mountain views from the floor-to-ceiling windows.</span><br /><br /><span>With an updated, state of the art kitchen and other features including a wood-panelled library, game room, gym and yoga room, and a four-car garage – it almost makes the multi-million dollar price tag sound reasonable.</span><br /><br /><span>Seinfeld, a New York native, dominated the TV line-up in the 1990s with his long-running sitcom <em>Seinfeld</em>, which ran from 1989 until 1998.</span></p>

Real Estate

Placeholder Content Image

Olivia Newton-John lists stunning Byron Bay retreat

<p>Olivia Newton-John has listed her picturesque wellness retreat in Byron Bay.</p> <p>The British-born Australian singer and actress has put their Gaia Retreat &amp; Spa on the market, which is set attract global interest.</p> <p>Between Newton-John and co-owners Gregg Cave, Ruth Kalnin and Warwick Evans, they have described the decision to sell the paradise as bittersweet.</p> <p>“For over 16 years and winning more than 55 global awards, Gaia Retreat &amp; Spa was a dream that became a wonderful reality,” the<span> </span><em>Grease<span> </span></em>star said in a statement on behalf of the owners.</p> <p>“Over these blessed years, co-owners Gregg Cave, Ruth Kalnin, Warwick Evans and myself have helped make Gaia ‘heaven on earth’ by creating a healing and loving place that has become so important to us and our guests from all over the world.</p> <p>“Having won so many humbling and outstanding awards, we have decided it is time to ‘pass the baton’ to new custodians so they can continue our positive message that Gaia is ‘your timeout to reconnect, breathe and surrender’.</p> <p>“It’s bittersweet, but as a team, we always agreed that we would ‘go out on top’ and we couldn’t be more proud of the Gaia we have built with our incredible family team.”</p> <p>Colliers’ real estate agents Karen Wales and Gus Moors told realcommercial.com.au that the Byron Bay retreat is sure to receive interest on a global scale.</p> <p>“The current owners wish to entrust their custodianship to likeminded visionaries who are inspired to continue their ‘G.R.O.W.’ ethos – Gratitude, Respect, Organic, Wellness,” Mr Moors said.</p> <p>Mr Moors said that the location of the retreat makes it an attractive offer for potential buyers.</p> <p>“Highly-profitable luxury retreats are rarely traded, given the strong combination of excellent cashflow and enviable lifestyle offering,” Mr Moors said.</p> <p>“The opportunity to secure such a large, tourist-zoned site in the pristine hinterland of Australia’s highest growth tourism region overlooking the coastline of Byron Bay will never be replicated.”</p> <p>The Gaia retreat was founded in 2005 and has over 22 rooms, suites and villas along with a day spa, restaurant, swimming pool, walking tracks set over eight hectares and tennis court.</p> <p>“The simplicity of Gaia Retreat &amp; Spa as a pioneer of barefoot luxury means an incoming owner has limited medium-term capital expenditure requirements through its understated, yet high quality, interior design,” Ms Wales said.</p> <p>Gaia over the years has developed a strong customer base.</p> <p>“Unlike many other Australian luxury retreats, Gaia is easily accessible from the domestic and international airports of Ballina and Gold Coast, thereby ensuring year-round demand,” Ms Wales said.</p> <p>Byron Bay has fast become a celebrity hotspot – a phenomenon fronted by Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky.</p> <p>Newton-John described the mesmerising paradise as a “special magical place”.</p>

Real Estate

Placeholder Content Image

Rod Stewart's "hidden track" inside his Beverly Hills home

<p>He has long been known as a railway enthusiast, even if at times he chose not to talk about it. But Sir Rod Stewart's legendary choo-choo layout -–26 years in the making – just has to be seen to be believed.</p> <p>The rocker's astonishingly detailed 124ft long x 23ft wide model depicting an American city and its industrial hinterland in the 1940s contains hundreds of buildings, from trackside switchman shanties to vast factories and skyscrapers.</p> <p>Called Grand Street And Three Rivers City, it also features a railway station crossed by numerous bridges at rush hour.</p> <p>Also featured in the landscape are period cars and lorries, driving alongside the train tracks.</p> <p>Everything is dramatically lit in the colours of late afternoon sunshine.</p> <p>Sir Rod told<span> </span><em>Railway Modeller</em><span> </span>magazine that scenery and structure modelling, rather than locomotives, trackwork or electrics, are his forte.</p> <p>"It's the landscape I like. Attention to detail, extreme detail, is paramount. There shouldn't be any unsightly gaps or pavements that are too clean," he said.</p> <p>Sir Rod was inspired by American Railways because that is where we has living when he began creating the model in 1993.</p> <p>At the time, he had recently built a new house in Los Angeles and included an attic room specifically for the layout.</p> <p>While Sir Rod acknowledged it took a while for him to publicly admit he was a railway enthusiast, he agreed in his interview with the magazine that attitudes now appear to be changing towards model railway making.</p> <p>But he added that he was still wary about answering questions on TV about it because "it's hard to talk about something so all-encompassing" if he was meant to be discussing his music.</p> <p>His passion was first inflamed when he was "eight or nine" on a family holiday in Bognor Regis where he saw a "marvellous" railway layout in a model shop.</p> <p>He said his father had once given him the advice that "every man needs a hobby".</p> <p>"Mine's model railway," said Sir Rod, who had a toy railway as a child. When he wanted a station for it, his dad bought him a guitar instead, which many might think turned out to be a shrewd move.</p> <p>His fortune stands at £190 million, according to the Sunday Times' UK Musicians' Rich List, and he has had nine No 1 albums and 62 hit singles in the UK.</p> <p>Sir Rod said guests are stunned by his magnificent model railway when he runs it for them at his LA home. He said: 'When I take on something creative like this, I have to give it 110 per cent. For me, it's addictive. I started, so I just had to finish.</p> <p>"I'm lucky I had the room. If I'd realised at the start it would have taken so long, I'd have probably said No! No! Nah!"</p> <p><span>Photos: Facebook and Model Railroader Magazine</span></p>

Real Estate

Placeholder Content Image

Why Greg Norman is moving home to Australia

<p><span>Gold legend Greg Norman is leaving the United States permanently and coming back to Australia.</span><br /><br /><span>He and his wife, Kiki, have found a buyer for their $52 million (AUD) Colorado ranch.</span><br /><br /><span>This follows after the sale of their $77 million Florida compound was finalised, and now the pair will finally relocate back to Norman’s hometown.</span><br /><br /><span>The Seven Lakes Lodge was originally purchased in 2004 for $12 million.</span><br /><br /><span>He put the home on the market for $71 million in 2016, but dropped the price significantly — by $19 million.</span><br /><br /><span>The 11,900 acre lot is made up of eight bedrooms and seven bathrooms and has been described as “one of the finest trophy big game hunting and fishing ranches in Colorado”.</span><br /><br /><span>Norman farewelled the property in an emotional Instagram post, writing “Sunday snow. A beautiful send off after two decades of owning 7L,” he wrote.</span><br /><br /><span>“This ranch has been an extraordinary magnificent journey of mountain life. It has been a pleasure sharing the incredible diversity this ranch with my family and friends.</span><br /><br /><span>“Each have their own memory, but collectively the memories will never leave us due to the uniqueness of the offering. I am confident the new owner and his family and friends will enjoy the same journey we did.”</span><br /><br /><span>It follows after the legendary golfer sold his South Florida compound only two weeks after it was listed for sale.</span><br /><br /><span>It was quickly snapped up by billionaire Leslie Wexner after 14 years of reconstruction.</span><br /><br /><span>“My wife and I feel it is time to move on after 30 years here,” Norman told the Miami Herald.</span><br /><br /><span>“COVID-19 and the whole pandemic experience, with social distancing and being isolated from our families — most of whom live overseas — this past year has made us realise how short life truly is and has caused us to re-evaluate how and where we want to spend the rest of our lives.”</span><br /><br /><span>Kirsten made it clear that they would be returning to Australia when farewelling their Florida home in an Instagram post.</span><br /><br /><span>“Our beloved Shark Shack. Boy will we miss it. Hope to recreate it some day soon in Oz!” she wrote in the caption.</span><br /><br /><span>In a January column for Stellar magazine, Norman revealed he was ready to return to his Queensland home.</span><br /><br /><span>“I miss Australia. I miss the way it sounds. Not long ago, I was on the phone with my parents and the sounds of the bird life in the background was something else,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>“And the smell of Australia … it’s so clean and fresh. I love the coffee and I miss the people; they’re so easy going … I want to get back to Australia as soon as I can. To tell you the truth, I think about coming home every second day.”</span><br /><br /><span>In 2019, he admitted to The Daily Telegraph he was on the hunt for a new home in Australia.</span><br /><br /><span>“Yes we are (looking). I’d prefer not to say where we are looking and no we have not bought anything.”</span></p>

Real Estate

Placeholder Content Image

Inside Tom Cruise’s $51 million ranch

<p>Tom Cruise is living like a king out in Colorado in his sprawling estate – and you can too for the price tag of $51 million.</p> <p>The Hollywood megastar has become a great among giants for his numerous acting roles, and now after living the high life in his AUD$51 million mansion, he is deciding to let it go.</p> <p>Cruise first quietly put the Telluride estate listing up for AUD$76.1 million 7 years ago but listing agent Eric Lavey told the<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/tom-cruises-action-packed-colorado-estate-lists-for-39-5-million-11615480236" target="_blank">Wall Street Journal</a></em><span> </span>it was done under hush-hush circumstances.</p> <p>“I’m not sure [Cruise] was ready to sell it yet,” Lavey, from LIV Sotheby’s International Realty told the <em>WSJ.</em></p> <p>The home is nestled perfectly into the mountains and has remained a secluded oasis for those with high-profile lives looking to get away from it all.</p> <p>Spanning over 320 acres, Cruise reportedly spent many years collecting the land to form the massive estate but now reportedly no longer spends much of his time there and is looking to pass the home on to someone else.</p> <p>The property boasts seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms and features plenty of incredible features like mountain views in every single direction and a number of outdoor activities to choose from including skiing, snowmobiling, and snowboarding. In the warmer months, the option of golf, horseback riding, hiking, and biking is available.</p> <p>With over 10,000 square-feet of room to use in the main house, there is also a three-bedroom guest lodge that could also be very useful.</p> <p>Tom Cruise reportedly spent several years designing the stone-and-cedar home, and completed the massive built in 1994.</p>

Real Estate

Placeholder Content Image

Serena Williams selling up and moving closer to Meghan

<p><span>Serena Williams has listed her luxurious Beverly Hills mansion for $9.7 million (US$7.5 million), shortly after her defeat at the Australian Open.</span><br /><br /><span>The 39-year-old tennis legend purchased the home in October 2017 for US$6.7 million but is now ready to let it go.</span><br /><br /><span>The sprawling property has over five bedrooms, seven bathrooms and is located in the upscale Beverly Hills Post Office neighbourhood.</span><br /><br /><span>The three-storey home, built only four years ago, offers a contemporary Spanish style and unbelievably picturesque city views across the valley.</span><br /><br /><span>The outdoor space is nothing short of extraordinary, with a built-in Wolf barbecue and refrigerator located on the patio, a Baja style pool and a stunning lawn perfect for entertaining.</span><br /><br /><span>Williams’ decision to list the home follows shortly after her loss at the Australian Open, when she lost 6-3, 6-4 in the semi-final round against Naomi Osaka.</span><br /><br /><span>Williams was asked whether this would be the last time fans would get to see her compete, which resulted in her walking away.</span><br /><br /><span>Williams failed to make the finals at the US Open in September.</span><br /><br /><span>Reports suggest she and her Reddit founder husband, Alexis Ohanian, are looking for a home in the Montecito region, which is where her friend Meghan Markle currently lives with Prince Harry.</span><br /><br /><span>Williams and Ohanian share a 3-year-old daughter, Alexis Jr.</span></p>

Real Estate

Placeholder Content Image

Find your Italian dream home for just $1.50

<p><span>If you’ve ever dreamt of living in Italy, this special option might just be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.</span><br /><br /><span>The depopulated town of Laurenzana, located in Southern Italy's Basilicata region, has set itself apart from the number of home schemes up for grabs in the country.</span><br /><br /><span>Last month, potential buyers were given the option to buy a dilapidated home without having to put down a deposit guarantee that would ensure they finished renovations on their property.</span><br /><br /><span>The mayor of the town Michele Ungaro, said they were making the process a heck of a lot easier.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840249/italian-home-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/19a75d6fe76047c492624c11d812f2c0" /><br /><br /><span>"We want to help newcomers purchase the house of their dreams without making it hard for them to follow tedious procedures and tight requirements," Ungaro explained.</span><br /><br /><span>"At times it can be difficult to navigate through regulation, particularly if you're a foreigner. We want this adventure to be a pleasure, not a burden.”</span><br /><br /><span>She continued: "That's why we are not asking for any deposit guarantee to ensure the works are speedily carried out. It sounds as a sort of threat.</span><br /><br /><span>"We rely on the good faith and commitment of buyers, but we will be constantly monitoring the work-in-progress and status of the renovation."</span><br /><br /><span>To entice buyers, authorities have also kept paperwork costs to a minimum, and has assured them that they will benefit from southern Italy's relatively low local taxes.</span><br /><br /><span>However, as with most one euro ($1.50) home schemes, buyers must agree to complete the renovations on their property within a certain time frame.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840248/italian-home-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/72764117d3f04324bb734455c3434ca6" /><br /><br /><span>In Laurenzana, work needs to start no longer than three months after purchase and has to be completed within three years.</span><br /><br /><span>Buyers are also required to give in a detailed restyle plan before their offer is considered.</span><br /><br /><span>"If we are flooded with emails of people just saying 'I want to buy a house for one euro' without any further details, we'll get nowhere," Ungaro said.</span><br /><br /><span>"Targets are paramount. It would be of great help in speeding up the process if interested buyers get in touch straight away with a draft plan of what they intend to do with their new property and how much money they plan to invest in the restyle."</span><br /><br /><span>The abandoned houses for sale in Laurenzana come in different shapes and sizes, so Ungaro has encouraged those interested in buying to make clear what size home they are interested in, or what purpose they will use their property for – whether that be a private summer home, B&amp;B or shop.</span><br /><br /><span>The homes available range from 40 to 150 square metres.</span></p>

Real Estate

Placeholder Content Image

You can be Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s neighbour for $29.4 million

<p><span>Located right next to the home of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is a spectacular California mansion that could be yours for an eye-watering $29.4 million (US$22.5 million).</span><br /><br /><span>Featuring seven-bedrooms and 13 bedrooms, the unbelievable property was listed at the end of January.</span><br /><br /><span>Spanning over 1,550 sqm, the property has over 5.5 acres to call your own in the Californian suburb of Montecito.</span><br /><br /><span>Land of the rich and famous, not only would the prospective buyer have royal members to call their neighbours – but Oprah Winfrey and evening Ellen DeGeneres too.</span><br /><br /><span>Just like Harry and Meghan’s incredible pad, the home boasts insane ocean and mountain views along with a spectacular garden filled with lush green lawns, citrusy trees, creeks, bridges and inviting greenery.</span><br /><br /><span>It was built in 1999 and was designed as an English country structure. The property has since undergone major renovations however and looks much different from its original fixtures.</span><br /><br /><span>Just one door down, Harry and Meghan purchased their own California mansion for $20.2 million (US$14.65 million) back in August.</span><br /><br /><span>It followed after they announced in January of that same year that they intended to step down from their senior royal positions.</span><br /><br /><span>At the time, the couple only had their newborn Archie to worry about but now they have announced they are expecting a baby girl in the summertime (our winter).</span><br /><br /><span>The pair recently sat down with Oprah Winfrey, with Meghan revealing that during her time as a royal, she dealt with suicidal thoughts.</span><br /><br /><span>“Look, I was really ashamed to have to say it at the time and ashamed to have to admit it to Harry especially, because I know how much loss he’s suffered,” Meghan told Winfrey.</span><br /><br /><span>“But I knew that if I didn’t say that I would do it … and I just didn’t ― I just didn’t want to be alive anymore. And that was a very clear and real and frightening constant thought.”</span></p>

Real Estate

Placeholder Content Image

Dawn Fraser’s home could earn her more than when she was an Olympian

<p>Aussie swimming legend Dawn Fraser could earn more on the sale of her Sunshine Coast investment property than she did throughout the entirety of her athletic career.</p> <p>The 83-year-old has listed her darling Noosa Heads home more than two decades after she bought it for $345,000.</p> <p>Fraser is regarded as one of Australia’s greatest swimmers and strongest Olympian and is hoping to fetch $1 million for her four-bedroom, three-bathroom investment property.</p> <p>The charming home sits on a 599 sqm block and overlooks the pool and a park across the street.</p> <p>Sam Plummer of Noosa Estate Agents sold the property to Fraser back in 2001 and now has the property under her arm again.</p> <p>The agent says the Noosa market was “unprecedented.”</p> <p>“It’s a market nobody, I believe, has seen before here,” she said.</p> <p>“I’ve never seen this in my time, in 20 years.”</p> <p>She is currently renting out the property for $600 a week, but the lease is due to expire in October.</p> <p>Ms Plummer said no improvements had been made on the property since Fraser first bought it, but still it has gained attractive offers.</p> <p>“It’s a great time to sell and to capitalise on this current market,” Ms Plummer said.</p> <p>“It’s attracting a fair bit of attention. We’re looking at offers in excess of $1 million.</p> <p>“We’re selling it as a home to either renovate and live in yourself, or you may want to knock it down and build your dream home.”</p>

Real Estate

Placeholder Content Image

Olympic sailor's boat shed on sale at record price

<p><span>A property in Point Piper has been put on the market for a mind blowing price guide of $37-$40 million.</span><br /><br /><span>It’s not unusual for the ritzy Sydney suburb to have such a high price tag, however the property is causing shockwaves as it is simply a boat shed.</span><br /><br /><span>The shed sets a new Australian price record, holding nearly 2000 square metres and is extended to over two storeys.</span><br /><br /><span>Represented by Ken Jacobs and James Hall from luxury auction house Christie’s International, this shed is not a home yet it could very well be.</span><br /><br /><span>The shed has four berths, and can fit yachts up to 26 metres in size.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.11273792093704px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840123/dolly-parton-3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/fb46041762f44d7cbfb31bdab08013bc" /></p> <p><em>Image: Domain </em><br /><br /><span>The top storey of the boat shed can also be used as accommodation.</span><br /><br /><span>Not only that, but the property also features a waterfront swimming pool.</span><br /><br /><span>The Point Piper address was previously owned by the affluent O’Neil family.</span><br /><br /><span>Property developer and former Olympic sailor Denis O’Neil used to use the private marina to moor his boats.</span><br /><br /><span>The family bought it in 1958 for £9,000 (AU$16,132) from WWII survivors Dr Ignacy and Elvira Listwan before listing it in 2017 for $33 million.</span><br /><br /><span>It sold for $30 million.</span></p> <p><span>Australia’s property market is soaring to previously unseen heights, marking a 2.1 per cent growth in February – the highest one-month growth in 17 years.</span></p>

Real Estate

Placeholder Content Image

Rare chance to buy ritzy house with murderous past

<p><span>A ritzy home on the water of one of Brisbane’s most fabulous suburbs has hit the market, but it’s dark, murderous past has continued to haunt its walls.</span><br /><br /><span>What was once a party house filled with socialites on the banks of the Brisbane River, turned into a murder scene in the 1950s when Hamilton resident Sylvia Joyce Clare Ferguson was convicted of the murder of her rich husband Roy Ferguson.</span><br /><br /><span>The idyllic four bedroom Spanish-style home sits at 2 Grays Road, Hamilton, was a sight then and even now it continues to hold against the multimillion-dollar estates that surround it in the blue-chip suburb.</span><br /><br /><span>With views of the river, city and Story Bridge – it’s not wonder why this listing is believed to go as quick as it possibly can.</span><br /><br /><span>A True Crime episode by The Courier-Mail’s Kate Kyriacou explored the deep mystery of the little blue house, saying that Roy and his brother Jack owned pubs near Newcastle and Forbes, a poultry farm in Charleston, New South Wales and other properties, as well as directorships in various companies including breweries.</span><br /><br /><span>Mrs Ferguson was a simple barmaid in Newcastle when she met Roy.</span><br /><br /><span>They eventually settled down with each other and moved into the waterfront home in Hamilton, Brisbane.</span><br /><br /><span>The scandal began when she was jailed along with her lover and a friend over Mr Ferguson’s murder.</span><br /><br /><span>She protested her innocence from prison years later.</span><br /><br /><span>The home retains so much charm with a library and multipurpose room, indoor living and entertaining space as well as a living room with a fireplace.</span><br /><br /><span>The master suite has its very own floor with ensuite, a separate powder room, walk in robe, a living area and a balcony looking out over some of the best river views in Brisbane.</span><br /><br /><span>The home last sold over 15 years ago and was described as being “like nothing else you will find on the market”, <em>realestate.com.au</em> wrote in the listing.</span><br /><br /><span>“Boasting a character facade and traditional interior with decorative ceilings, beautiful timber floors, stained glass and classic chandeliers throughout, this is an exclusive offering with endless opportunities to make this home your own.”</span><br /><br /><span>The property is set to go to auction on Saturday March 20 at 10am.</span></p>

Real Estate

Placeholder Content Image

Radio star Hamish Blake lists glitzy Melbourne home

<p><span>Radio star Hamish Blake and his writer wife Zoe Foster Blake are reportedly selling their glitzy Melbourne home in the heart of Richmond.</span><br /><br /><span>Neighbours told reporters they spotted an expression of interest sign sitting on the lawn of their Rowena Parade home last week – just a month after the pair relocated to Sydney.</span><br /><br /><span>The Blake family have settled down in the ritzy area of Vaucluse, reportedly spending $8.952 million on their new home.</span><br /><br /><span>CoreLogic records show they bought the Richmond home for $4.25m in 2015, and have spent thousands of dollars on renovations.</span><br /><br /><span>The pair have added a pergola-patio space while raising their two children in the home.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840064/hamish-blake-zoe-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/d0a3d5046de4416d892f6a18577b7b8e" /></p> <p><em>Image: Instagram @HamishBlakeShotz</em><br /><br /><span>The space had a slot on <em>Grand Designs Australia</em> in 2013, but it is believed they have since updated its interiors.</span><br /><br /><span>Neil Architecture director David Neil was there to witness the original design of the home and returned to build a pergola for the Blake family.</span><br /><br /><span>“When people see it and talk to me, the things that stand out are the chicken run of all things, which is no longer there, and a lift that pops out to the rooftop,” Mr Neil said.</span><br /><br /><span>“Plus it is down a laneway and it was very ambitious. It was quite unique for its time.”</span><br /><br /><span>The polished, well-maintained home is a three-bedroom contemporary residence.</span><br /><br /><span>Not only does it feature new modern updates, but also a pool, a home theatre and stunning concrete floors.</span><br /><br /><span>Hamish confirmed his move to Sydney on Instagram with a heartfelt post, but hinted it may not be his forever city, writing: “Melbourne, you will always be home.”</span></p>

Real Estate

Placeholder Content Image

Ray Hadley offloading stunning Dural home

<p><span>Ray Hadley is selling his stunning acreage, but he doesn’t plan on giving it up easily.</span><br /><br /><span>The 2GB morning radio host’s home has five bedrooms, accommodation for 10 cars and two swimming pools but comes with a hefty price expectation that is “only” in the $7 million range.</span><br /><br /><span>“My children have moved on and the property deserves to have a family living there, not just two people,” Hadley said.</span><br /><br /><span>“As we head towards the next stage of our lives we’ll divide our time between Sydney and the Gold Coast, although my three grandchildren will see me concentrate on Sydney for the time being.”</span><br /><br /><span>Hadley has lived in the mesmerising two hectare Dural lot since the mid 1990’s.</span><br /><br /><span>The home has incredible features, including a car barn as well as a garage, two swimming pools and the option of adding a place for animals, as there are more than enough paddocks that are perfect for horses or alpacas.</span><br /><br /><span>Dural has become the ideal place to live because of its proximity to the city while still offering a rural way of living.</span><br /><br /><span>REA Group chief economist Nerida Conisbee says buyer demand in Dural skyrocketed in 2020.</span><br /><br /><span>“It appears that during COVID-19, affordability may be of less importance to property buyers … and that lifestyle factors are becoming more important,” Conisbee said.</span><br /><br /><span>LJ Hooker Dural agent Peter Collusso listed the home, saying: “This is a rare opportunity to secure an unrivalled acreage in Dural’s blue ribbon precinct,” he said.</span></p>

Real Estate