HOLLYWOOD FOUND AT 9 STANTON RD – PRUE MILLER

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Is there a better way to experience the world of design? A fountain head from Paris, a chandelier from Spain, a circular staircase that’s origins stretch back so far, we just know it came across the seas before careful records were kept. And all housed in in one of Australia’s most valued suburbs.

Well-travelled owners owners  have done more than curate and display here, they have re-visioned the entire property, and enhanced it into a bespoke experience.

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The front door opens to a soaring foyer, and a swirling, almost sensuous staircase, bordered custom made wrought iron balustrade all of which set the scene for drama set across three floors which are a mix of creamy travertine and contrasting clouds of pristine carpet.

The clever couple extended, and to be honest draped this home in so much care, expense and attention that each room is a study in elegance, style and grace and is reminiscent of luxury one only finds in the best hotels. In fact there is a distinct spa feel to the book-matched marble bathroom in the main suite. Who would have thought in-shower lighting could be so divine?

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Here is a tale with the romance of a Hollywood hideaway, with the impact you feel when you first see a masterpiece in person – whether it’s a Norman Rockwell or a Zhang Xiaogang. Both of which, by the way, would be totally at ease in this elegant re-vision of a 1930s Mosman mansion.

The kitchen, with its walk-in crockery pantry, has a flawless Statuario marble island, and a very private, ceiling-high aspect out to the tiered orchid and gardenia beds created by the owner. I don’t think I have ever seen an orchid terrace – which now that I HAVE seen one, seems crazy. They offer a superb outlook.

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But I must say, the lounge room, nicknamed the Langham Lounge after the famed London Hotel, is a perfectly proportioned room, currently decorated with Roslyn’s perfect touch in deep floral tones, set off with equally rich Macassar cabinetry.

Though rarely mentioned, I just have to mention the window treatments. If you love drapery, or if you have never seen how superb drapes can be, the good news is these silken window ball gowns are included in the sale. Trust me, they are sublime.

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And finally, the terraces; the stunning, travertine terraces that link and meander and bring you that much closer to the soaring heights of Sydney’s elite landscape.

The lovely Gayle Walker of Sotheby’s has this listing.

There is simply not the space to describe further, but be assured, if you are searching for a home that has been created by people who have never settled for second best in anything, and have exquisite taste, get a contract couriered over. Now.

(Prue Miller is a freelance property warrior , and former co-host of Sky News Real Estate http://www.pruemiller.com)

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New Zealand Luxury Home is in Remarkable’s field of dreams – Prue Miller

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For those is the snow know, The Remarkables is a breathtaking mountain range and well respected (and very possibly feared by dreadful skiers like me) ski field in New Zealand – not Europe. Europe dreams of having The Remarkables. The Swiss lie awake at night, with silent tears pooling on their kissenbezugs* cos they don’t have The Remarkables. Yep, it’s that amazing.

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So where better to build a lake house than right here, at Jack’s Point?  Where from glass enclosed bedrooms you can become one with the oh-my-god-it’s-unbelievable views, while snuggled under a doona.

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Mind you, there are SO many fireplaces in this place, you wouldn’t even need to unpack your ski socks. Cosy baby.

It’s (rather unimaginatively you’d have to say) called  the  Lake House. It’s only a drive from posh and pricey Queenstown, but you could be anywhere as you gaze across  That Lake. This can be achieved from a number of outside spaces (I love that NZ isn’t afraid to go outside even though it can get so bleeding cold the hairs on the inside of your nose get frosty) in lounge chairs, or neck deep in the steaming spa.

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6The agent stats include the fact it is a big two acres plus land parcel, and is part of a golf course? I don’t get that part. You’ll have to sort that out with Terry. So it’s kind of like a luxury resort, with a warm clubhouse and cold beers just a op skip and a jump away. Nice.

It’s only ten k’s to the airport and one imagines the holiday rental potential is mind blowing.

At just $NZ5.95m  ($AUD5.42m, $USD4.3 or so), it’s a steal  … with a one in a gazillon view.

And finally, why are they called The Remarkables? Named by Alexander Garvie in the mid 1800s for the fact that they are one of only two magnificent mountain ranges that run North South. Or maybe that’s a myth. Ok, well, you’re not reading this for a school assignment, so just enjoy the story and forget the facts.

*You had to look right? That’s Swiss German for pillowcase

 

Prue Miller is real estate journalist for TV, print and oh yeah, for fun.

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Parabolas Sweep Me Off My Feet – says Prue Miller

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Maybe 1 in 100 brutalist designs make me take pause. But a sweeping arc, a glorious curve? An exact and balanced resolve of angles, glass and light?

I just swoon.

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Found in Carmel, California is one such design currently on the market with Sotheby’s International Realty. Man, if I only had the money…

Any-hoo, this is from the brain of designer genius Wallace E. Cunningham (a name found on the illustrious AD Top 100 Designers on more than one occasion), a ten year project, that honestly soars in so many ways.

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Is it possible that a designer, a design and a location are sometimes matched in heaven? If so, the angels were at work on this Pacific Ocean bluff. The concept of organic architecture is often limited to terrestrial comparisons – Cunningham looks at the curves of the earth, the clouds, the waves of great oceans and resolves to create the essence, the energy and the beauty, here.

Wallace seaIt is concrete, steel and glass manipulated into something as graceful as a falling feather.

If that is not genius, I’ve lost my mind.

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On his company website the telling statement – “The concept of spirituality and motion are integral to my work”. Never was a truer statement made.

Investigate, discover and enjoy this marvellous man’s work. And if you ave $USD11m or so, buy this house. Love this house. Because I sure as hell do

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For further enjoyment, meditate  blissfully with this video of his work.

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Prue Miller has been nuts about architecture and sharing her passion in the media for a long, long, long time. Yep, she’s that old. A former host on Sky News Real Estate, print journalist with NewCorp and a published author Prue is always looking for new challenges, delights and moments that make her swoon.

Find her at prue@pruemiller.com

 

My she’s yar says Prue Miller

If you’ve got a hankering to (and the funds to)  bunker down in perhaps the prettiest part of upper crust America ignore Beverley Hills. Well, a bit strong there, ignore MOST of Beverley Hills and go take a peek at Suffolk County. In particular Southampton where this gem from Sotheby’s Southampton awaits you.

south big room7 Old Towne Lane was only built in 2016, but has created its own style. With a delicate Hamptons accent this home is at once bright, yet grand. I say that to differentiate that grand and flashy are two different things. There is a presence here that I just love.

I also would love to have a drink fridge that looks like this.

I would also love to be a size 8.

Neither of these things is going to happen.

South frontIt is close to other elegant hideaways such as Sag Harbour and Sagaponack (such dreadful names for such gracious places), and hangs on to its antecedents and ties to the old country country via The  Historical website.

But let’s just look at the pictures – and dream of a great weekend here – Katherine Hepburn might drop by, or Cary Grant … and absolutely no one from the Trump administration.

17,000 square feet, 4 acres ( gotta love imperial measures) and a ton of yum, all yours for $USD29.9m

 

Australia, we need more lakes and less Lycra – says Prue Miller

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Call them dams if it helps, but what we’re missing from the laid-back, luxury property market down under is that chilled out, ever so still, LAKE.

Because what follows is the lake house. The Golden Pond potential (and if you haven’t even taken the time to see this movie, then frankly you don’t DESERVE a lake house) of a Scrabble led family retreat, and rediscovery. (As an aside, I have to say I think Jane Fonda is even better in Grace and Frankie than she was in Golden Pond. But I digress…)

Ocean view homes, the ones right on the water – are also majestic – but there’s so much going on. And worse still, people in all their Lycra loudness surge like a coconut scented tide for at least half the year. No, give me serenity with a glass-like finish and the security of a tree lined fiefdom.

Sothebys have a beautiful one for sale in Nashville at the moment.

A Main House, and a Guest House (it’s my blog so I can use upper case at random), plus the de rigueur Boat House can be found on the aptly named Kentucky Lane – overlooking Kentucky Lake. God, I’d buy it just for the address.

The house is aimed squarely at the lake; the great room a centre piece with what could only be called a glass altar, where the lake is praised, and cocktails (one hopes) partaken.

Four beds, four baths and lots of lovely land for the very reasonable price of $USD2.35m.

Yep, let’s get some of them thar lakes for down under. I need a Golden Pond moment or two.

LINKS:

The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty

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Drift Bay Road New Zealand is just the tip of the luxury market writes Prue Miller

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dusk_bedroom4“I am becoming obsessed with New Zealand real estate. I admit it. When I feel like I need a big hit of property porn, I settle back and click through the outstanding delights of Queenstown

25 Drift Bay terrace view to die for

Sometimes I linger longer than I should, eyeing off the snow capped peaks. Sometimes I play a little game of “if I sold everything I owned, and borrowed some money…maybe, maybe…” But that’s a game with a sad ending, so I go back to sighing and clicking, sighing and clicking.

25 Drift Bay kitchen25 Drift Bay Rd is an earth hugging, deep breathing, honest home with moving scenery that offers an endless ‘better than 4K’ experience in beauty.

Three beds, four baths and living spaces that open in adoration to THAT view. Honestly, how could you not wake up full of optimism and awe in the master bedroom …I mean, really?

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Just divine. It’s listed with the good folk at Luxury Real Estate in NZ with an asking price of $3.75mNZD.

(Maybe if I sold a kidney …?)

Prue Miller writes luxury international real estate for News Corp, Australia, though her views here (and her continuing disappointment that she’ll never be able to afford any of these home) are all her own.

Benson Ave, Toorak – when only the best will do reports Prue Miller

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I made a big call this week on my regular real estate wrap up online for News Corp; and it was that 6 Benson Ave, Toorak  is the best house on the market in Australia this week – and I dare say for a lot longer than that.

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There is room (and a room) for every conceivable folly – from the cigar room to the pool room – and the cellar? Good lord.

But where some designers go off script and drift from divine to dreadful, this opulent property says ‘bling’, without passing that tipping point in bawdy.

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The glass floors are breathtaking – and seeing it repeated on the walls in some of the bathrooms is a delight. Fireplaces, chandeliers, mammoth (though not gaping) voids that make your heart stop. The mosaics are a surprise and a delight, as is the automated tallboy in the dressing room.

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But is it more amazing than the in-pool cinema? I don’t know. My senses had it overload by the time I came across it.

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I talked with Anton Wongtrakun, the agent at Dingle Partners in Melbourne and he too was found wanting for adjectives tat captured the essence.  A two to three year build, Gaggenau 400 appliances, Bohemian crystal chandeliers… you have to see this one to believe.

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Check out my spot online, and if you have the dough – go buy this one. You’ll never see another like it.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/video/id-locGNyczoxTi7IS8b2FWWst3Phwhuwhj

Prue Miller is a journalist with News Corp, based in Sydney

http://www.pruemiller.com

9 Kara Crescent Bayview offers equal portions of luxury and great design says Prue Miller

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Space, function style and luxury are here in equal portions.

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II had the good fortune to inspect 9 Kara Crescent – cleverly named Ninekara – this week.

I had the good fortune to inspect 9 Kara Crescent – cleverly named Ninekara – this week.

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This is a house and a half – and then some. The street presence is big, and I mean that literally. Wide, uncluttered, strong. Plus it’s five bedrooms and more.

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And once inside the oversized front door the home just blossoms in all directions.

(It’s five bedrooms and more.)

The living area wraps around to the sleek and rather Wow kitchen that opens entirely to the party deck. And all of that has a panorama of gentle hills, trees and wide open sky.

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(The other side has tree filtered view to the water and distant marina. Just right.)

Below the living area deck is the blue relief of the pool terrace – which has a chill zone that should be seen to be believed – pool, cinema, gym – bar 🙂 – very, very cool.

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Did I mention the tennis court at the end of the lawn?

Ninekara has that ‘no expense spared’ attitude that will surely see the lucky buyer smiling from ear to ear as they sign the not inconsiderable cheque.

Bayview Beach Real estate has this great listing at $3.8m plus.

Video presenter headshotsPrue Miller is  real estate journalist and presenter with News Corp and can be seen each week on line with Hot Homes

http://www.news.com.au/finance/real-estate/hot-homes-an-inside-sea/story-fnd91nhy-1227152654033

37 Elizabeth St, Brighton Vic. makes geometry fun writes Prue Miller

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You gotta love Melbourne style – the space, the conviction of design  and the absolute certainty that the interior will look good, perhaps even better, on gloomy days.

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37 Elizabeth St, Brighton, VIC is one such home. The balance of the ‘boxes’ , with their viewing screens observing the pristine tennis court and pool – well, it’s playful. This house doesn’t take itself seriously, which adds to the welcoming upbeat style.

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And it’s that combo of playful and precision geometry that I find really exciting – oh yeah, and the interiors are similarly upbeat. Very calm, relaxed, stylish.

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The home is with the good folk at  Marshall White in Brighton.

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Prue Miller is a luxury property journalist with News Corp and can be seen on line each week in her Hot Homes segment, and read in The Sunday Telegraph

3 Myamyn & 365 Brisbane Corso are Hot Homes – and Mel’s selling too reports Prue Miller

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So many fab properties are on the market thanks to a humungous dose of spring fever – here are a couple to think about.

If you want to see more, I’ve put links to my video programs at the end of the post. Considerate, huh?

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3 Myamyn was a run down two bedder that was fatefully found and beautifully re-visioned by architect owners.

Victorian front – with a hint of whats to come thanks tot he entrance to underground parking to the left. The rear is sharply contemporary, loaded with features but starring the revolving fireplace.

Love it.

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365 Brisbane Corso is a former HIA House of the Year, and packs a punch with multi level glass, and water features that come into the house, are looked over from the house, or can be admired from any room.

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There’s something boldly Brisbane about the design – sort of in your face confidence that when combined with the water styling is pretty impressive.

Hot Homes bumper edition video:

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/video/lifestyle/realestate/id-Fjcm41cToDKGUmcK4kcA30sD8CAQ1wVB/Hot-Homes-The-Spring-Bumper-Edition

Celebrity homes:

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/video/lifestyle/realestate/id-t4Mm41cTo0ASFIm6NXMWiDv8B7erN0Mp/Denzel-s-gangster-house-for-sale

Mel Gibson’s Cost Rican empire – through Christie’s International

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/video/lifestyle/realestate/id-lrd281cTo94yqyPu0sQ5MESggBS-E8l2/Mel-Gibson-selling-30m-jungle-retreat

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Prue Miller is a journalist with News Corp and can be seen online every week, around Australia, in the video section of your masthead, or through news.com.au