Australian house hunters have been interested in a mixed bag of homes this week according to their online habits on property portal realestate.com.au. In the week to October 31, the most viewed homes in each state and territory have amassed thousands of hits from those seeking everything from humble family homes to grand historic estates.
Over the past seven days on realestate.com.au has been a rolling rural estate known as Gibraltar Creek just outside of Canberra. The 270ha property, which is 39kms from the county’s capital is on Tidbinbilla Rd in Tharwa and features two houses, numerous sheds, multiple dams and a full-sized tennis court.
The main homestead has five bedrooms as well as formal dining and living spaces while the second residence has three bedrooms and is far enough from principal residence that it could be turned into a money spinner through short term rentals.
Those who love a serious renovator’s delight were busy clicking on a Sydney terrace house this week with a St Peters home coming in as the second most-viewed property in the country. The dilapidated property on Sutherland St is so run down the selling agent has requested that anyone under 18 not set foot on the premises, and all adults that do must sign a waiver to enter at their own risk.
An original terrace, the ultimate blank canvas has drawn plenty of attention due to its modest $700,000 price guide – significantly less than the suburb’s median house price.
Among other hot properties this week, a former zoo in Hobart has turned heads, a grand Adelaide mansion and a glamorous Queenslander nicknamed the “James Bond House” have the househunting crowds interested.
Price: On application
Beaumaris House was once home to William Sorell, Lieut. Governor of the Van Diemens Land but is perhaps better known for being the site of Beaumaris Zoo. Farming magnate Henry Llewelyn Roberts and his wife Mary Grant Roberts founded a zoo there in 1895 and it then became the first place where Tasmanian devils were bred in captivity. After the Roberts clan left Beaumaris by 1939, the property was acquired by the defence forces to eventually become a training depot for the Army Reserve, then the RAAF.
Finally, it was sold back into private hands in 1998 and although the zoo grounds are gone, Beaumaris still sits on a large 3392sq m block with an additional cottage on site. All up there are 11 bedrooms, nine bathrooms and a whole host of original features including lead light windows, a grand central staircase and elaborate fireplaces.
Price: On application
Kensington House is a landmark mansion on a huge 2973sq m in the heart of suburban Adelaide. The original heritage mansion was meticulously renovated in 2007, but still has plenty of period features such as stately fireplaces and 4m high ceilings.
There are heaps of spaces to retreat to inside and out with three to four bedrooms, three kitchens and even three large cellar rooms that could be converted for a variety of functions. The property also has a detached fully self-contained coach house apartment. Other bonus spaces include a gym and massage rooms, reception rooms, a conference room and drawing room.
Price: About $6 million
Coined “the James Bond House” thanks to its hi-tech gadgetry and mid-century minimalism, this fancy mansion is in a semirural setting but has big city glamour. Located on just over 1ha, the grand residence designed by Leila Machine of Studio LMD has six bedrooms, five bathrooms and parking for up to 16 cars in the basement garage. The home’s additional features include a wine cellar with tasting area, indoor and outdoor cinemas, an in-ground pool, an outdoor kitchen with pizza oven, a gym as well as an additional separate two bedroom apartment.
Price: Between $16.5 million and $18 million
This large lifestyle acreage residence measures more than 20ha and with an additional expanse of common native bush land reserve next door as well as sweeping ocean views. Inside the home has five bedrooms, four bathrooms, full home remote automation, a dry stack open fireplace and hydronic floor heating. Outside there is an infinity pool and spa, rolling pastures, paddocks, an olive grove, stables and Paul Bangay designed gardens.
Address: 4 Alice St, Alawa
Price: More than $550,000
A traditional Top End family home, this four-bedroom Darwin property has been recently renovated to include a new stone kitchen with a full butler’s pantry and European appliances, a lounge room with surround sound, louvred windows throughout and a grand full width veranda. Downstairs there is a full granny flat that currently earns its keep as a short term rental as it has a kitchenette, separate bathroom and bedroom. Outside there are established gardens with a salt water plunge pool and spa.
Price: More than $475,000
Packed with loads of contemporary finishes, this four-bedroom family-friendly pad has polished concrete floors throughout, a gourmet kitchen with grand island bench, multiple living spaces inside as well as a large alfresco deck with barbecue area and pool. What’s no doubt turning heads online is the fact the next buyers can walk to parks, the beach and local schools.