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

https://www.wellcomemat.com/embed/m3n7e356f0b7sep/

 

 

 

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

26 Delecta is delicious writes Prue Miller

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House hunters are always under pressure to describe what they want – do you want contemporary or period? Do you want Hamptons or modernist? And often the harried hunter will say, ‘I don’t care as long as it has character.’

For those folks, Delecta Avenue is the holy grail of beachside finds.It is contemporary, yet it has the warmth of period. It is beachside, yet it embraces chic.
And the layout is refreshingly original while paying homage to the extraordinary on-the-sand ­location, framed as it is by majestic norfolk pines.

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For a start, you have to understand Delecta Ave – it’s the laid-back beachside track that only ­locals and beach goers know.
No footpaths, almost single lane, there’s the carpark lined with dinghys and through the week the only sound is the wave motion and the occasional clink of of a yacht
So with that in mind, the beachside aesthetic of 26 Delecta makes sense. The blue weatherboard buildings (the front one is the ­garage) set the mood for chilled out living.
Inside, and unpredictable, which many will find an asset.
The entry hall, illuminated by the brilliance of the beach at the rear of the house, and framed by ornate architraves, progresses ­between the first two bedrooms, the laundry and family bathroom, the third bedroom and kitchen and then resolves into the open living area that view.

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Complimenting the timber ­architraves is the house wide use of white-panelled dado, topped with timber accentuating the period beach-house theme.
But the angled (and high) ceilings bring the property into contemporary terms, contrasted with the laid-back decking that wraps around corners
There’s a deck that drops to level lawn, a picket fence and the beach.
Seriously, does seaside living get better than this?

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Prue Miller is a journalist with News Corp, and this article originally appeared in the Manly Daily

Glen Osmond SA offers some very Hot Homes says real estate witer Prue Miller

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11 Chapman Crescent – jaw dropper

Glen Osmond sits neatly in the early folds of the gentle Adelaide Hills – although an early settlement in the state it would be fair to say it is a shy star in the real estate galaxy of Australia.

However, I think it has more than its fair share of great properties – and even more importantly (to me anyway) an over the odds number of fab contemporary designs.

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I recently wrote about 11 Chapman Crescent (listed with Ouwens Casserly)  an absolutely STUNNING concrete and glass affair that just makes we off the click brigade click on and on and on to check out the intriguing concepts.

The covered deck with a fireplace? just inspiring.

I see it has a contract on it – I just wish it my name on the dotted line.

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Another ripper, with a price tag of under $900,000 is 73 Sunnyside (listed with Brennan Rosser) – it is so clean, so curved, so energy-positive. The owner told News Corp that she wanted a home that would feature her love of cars – with a drive in home. Done.

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Love it and more to the point I find this petite but perfect design another inspiration.

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Keep at it Adelaide!

Although I note my old childhood home at 187 Barton Terrace, North Adelaide is still looking for love. Gosh I loved that house – though back then (before the earth cooled!) it did not look as flash as it does now.

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Though I think it DID look better with wisteria around the veranda.

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Prue Miller is the producer and writer of Hot Homes at News Corp, Australia

See Hot Homes online every week.

Hot Homes: 38 Duncraig Road – The wonderful WA house Heath didn’t get to see reports Prue Miller

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HAD the great good fortune to speak with the delightful Kim Ledger this week, about the home he built with his very clever wife Ines.

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38 Duncraig is a superb 6 bedroom property with some extraordinary features I’ve not seen in homes before. The standout feature (for me) is the split kitchen, divided by sliding glass partitioning. Brilliant.

Proportion, styling, lighting – not a beat has been missed here.

Had Kim’s son Heath not passed away so tragically, it would have been a brilliant get away pad.

 

This is listed with Vitale Fine Properties in Perth – with the charming and always helpful Alastair. wMoYGS35ZP9xk-ENm2Y3nrOdNzOTzQPyMhavjSmH1xo

To see more pictures see my piece on the property at new.com.auhttp://www.news.com.au/video/lifestyle/realestate/id-F1NnN3bzrLQBp0XdBVTnGYiDxYOO9Wlk/Heath-Ledger-and-his-Dad-loved-this-house

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Prue Miller is a journalist with NewsCorp and

produces real estate reports in the studio each week.