Nashville star Clare Bowen is reluctantly selling her south coast home, where she stayed whenever she was back home from the US.
The Minnamurra waterfront property has been completely modernised during Bowen’s ownership, with the renovation undertaken by her interior designer mother Kathleen who runs The Inside Story Design Concepts in Kiama.
Actor-singer Bowen spends most of her time travelling and her primary residence is in the US, where she lives with her husband, folk musician Brandon Robert Young.
“I’d keep it if I was here more,” Bowen said of the home. “Brandon and I are very fortunate to travel internationally quite a bit, and to have the careers we have, but it means we are away a lot.
“The location is too beautiful not to be enjoyed on a regular basis. I want someone to love it so much, give it new life, wake up every day and look at the Minnamurra River, and know that they’re home.”
The couple wed in ceremonies in both Australia and the US in 2017, after Young proposed to Bowen when they were on stage at the iconic Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Performing at the concert was one of Bowen’s childhood dreams.
Bowen’s roots are on the south coast. Her family settled in Minnamurra after having lived all over the country due to her father’s work with Qantas.
“There is no where else like it in the world,” Bowen said.
“It’s where I sat and dreamt my dreams and got brave enough to follow them.
“I wrote songs in my head as a kid while kayaking upriver through the mangroves.”
In 2013, Bowen spent $870,000 on the five-bedroom, three-bathroom 1980s family home overlooking Minnamurra River.
Ray White Kiama agent Gail Connellan has it scheduled for a May 25 auction.
Bowen is now readying to release her first solo album later this year.