Real Estate

International dream homes that will inspire the heart and mind

Written by The ReReport

Want to rub shoulders with the rich and famous? Then these three homes in the United States, Chile and Queensland, Australia are worth a look … and not only for buyers with deep pockets.

Rub shoulders with the rich and famous

Fort Myers, Florida, United States

Price: 21.68 million

IF it’s grandeur and privacy you’re looking for, this Southwest Florida mansion has everything you need to live like Hollywood royalty. The Palladian-inspired estate is set over more than two acres (0.8ha) of waterfront, and is surrounded by botanic gardens-styled grounds incorporating more than 200 species of plants from around the world.

Built seemingly without a budget, the home showcases the world’s finest building materials, including a massive mosaic infinity pool, a 16-person spa, solid granite driveways, Italian marble floors, Venetian plastering, African walnut cabinetry and a 2000-bottle wine cellar.

There’s also a top end audio/visual/security system, indoor and outdoor home cinemas, a bespoke garage and a separate three-bedroom guest cottage. If I bought this place I swear I would never leave it …


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New look in an old city

Santiago, Chile

Price: Not disclosed.

NOW here’s a cleverly designed home. Looking at it, it appears enormous. But the surprising thing is it’s only 380sqm of house, on a 2000sqm allotment. Built of reinforced concrete, the brand new home offers a privileged view over the picturesque city of Santiago and is surrounded by a gorgeous garden.

The main living area, complete with a kitchen and dining room, has a double-height ceiling, which gives it that huge sense of space. It opens out to the elevated pool area and a terrace with a barbecue with an endless expanse of open sky making you feel you’re miles away from anyone when, in reality, you’re not.

Luxury features abound, including thermopanel windows, underfloor heating, surveillance cameras, a cargo elevator from the parking area to the kitchen, and parking for eight cars. Santiago’s there if you want it, but if you lived here, why would you leave?

Built for a cellar-bration

Yeronga, Queensland

Price: Not disclosed.

LOVE a drink or two and looking for a property to match the high calibre of your wine collection? This Yeronga property could be just the place you’ve been looking for. Set just 7km from Brisbane CBD, and on the market through Sotheby’s International Realty, the home drips luxury and offers one of the coolest cellars I’ve seen in a while.

Offering space for 960-bottles, the climate-controlled cellar has Western red cedar shelving, a sandblasted marble floor and sits behind ornate handcrafted metal gates, and a triple-glazed door.

It’s accessed via a beautiful wet bar, and the home also offers 597sqm of living space, water views, a swimming pool, a Zen garden, five bedrooms, an entertainment terrace and an outdoor kitchen. But again, just look at that cellar …

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