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Hamilton Brisbane 16 Hillside Crescent $6 million + J E N M E LO CCO

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Expressions of interest: Close May 24 Agent: Ray White New Farm, Christine Rudolph 0400 943 984 Australia is a nation that has the home-improvement bug bad. And

Originally built for Castlemaine Brewery co-

nowhere is that more noticeable than at the top end of the market, where

founder Kate Quinlan, this 1880s Victorian filigree

home renovations come with multimillion-dollar price tags. Take a tour

villa was designed by John Hall and Son and built

around the premier suburbs across the country and the streets are awash

using both local and imported materials. With a

with builders’ vans and a procession of interior designers and architects

massive 41.5-metre frontage presiding over

turning owners’ domestic desires into reality. This week, our feature story

impressive river and city views, the home is

looks at the figures spent on home renovations in our top suburbs and

packed with period details and comes with a

examines how those pay off in the quality of life today – and when it comes

pool and manicured gardens.

time to sell. Meanwhile, for those looking for homes that are already picture perfect, we have rounded up some of the best throughout the magazine in our capital cities in Hot Property, in the region of Hervey Bay in Living In and

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coastal Sweden in Next Stop.

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Editor: Jen Melocco Jen.Melocco@domain. com.au Editorial producer: Isabelle Chesher Managing editor: Alice Stolz Senior designer: Colleen Chin Quan Graphic designer: Emma Staughton Group picture editor: Kylie Thomson Proofreader: Nicole Bittar Chief editorial & marketing officer: Melina Cruickshank Residential sales: Queensland Brad McLeod, 0429 571 826 New South Wales Jon McConkey 0407 909 739 Victoria & Tasmania Matthew Maasdijk, Rebecca Warner (03) 9249 5295 Western Australia, South Australia & Northern Territory Jeroen van de Peppel 0427 292 797

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DESIGN DIGEST Reach for the stars

FEATURE STORY The renovation boom

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Toorak Melbourne 1b 1 Grong Grong Court $7 million

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Expressions of interest: Close May 23 Agent: Kay & Burton South Yarra, Jamie Mi 0450 125 355 From the sweeping curve of the Italian marble and wrought-iron staircase, to the French doors that open to a terrace and a heated pool, no detail has been overlooked at this opulent home. There are four en-suited bedrooms upstairs and multiple living spaces downstairs, including a marble and Miele kitchen.

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Balwyn

Randwick

Melbourne 50 Birdwood Street

Sydney 16-18 Milford Street

$4 million +

$12 million

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Auction: May 29

For sale: By expressions of interest

Agent: Harcourts Northcote, John Bisignano 0413 067 916

Agent: The Agency, Matt Lahood 0418 245 472

A contemporary design from Viola Architecture, this home features zinc

Restored by its current owners, heritage-listed

cladding, blackbutt and concrete floors and an Elba marble kitchen with

Nugal Hall, circa 1853, is the last gothic-revival

butler’s pantry. Highlights include a lavish main bedroom, a wine cellar/

home in Randwick. Living spaces feature

tasting room and a covered terrace with built-in barbecue overlooking

mahogany and marble fireplaces, decorative

landscaped gardens.

ceilings, leadlight windows and a vast ballroom.

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Nestled on 37 hectares and centred around the front 9 holes of the Greg Norman designed championship golf course, Dress Circle will come to represent fairway living at its finest. Located a mere 35 minutes from Brisbane’s CBD and within walking distance to Springfield Central Station, Dress Circle is a collection of rare luxuries. With rolling fairways on your doorstep, a master architect designing your dream home and a concierge service on call, this is the rare kind of lifestyle you’ve been dreaming of.

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Space travel Creative lighting, texture layering and flowing form enter an otherworldly design orbit. C o m p i l e d b y ISAB E LLE CH E SH E R LUCIE KOLDOVA LIGHTING These serene lights seem to bring a constellation of stars into the room. Melbourne’s Huset studio offers a local retail option, but we would be equally wowed upon seeing Koldova’s creations in Prague, where she’s based. huset.com.au

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FEATURE STORY

High times in upmarket renovations Australia has become renowned for home redesigns, which amounts to extra luxury at the top end of town. B y SU E WILLIAMS

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hen you drive around some of the country’s most salubrious suburbs today, the hum of construction is a regular feature. And it’s not surprising when you look at the figures on renovations taking place in homes. Property renovations in the nation’s most prestigious suburbs are taking off in a big way, with a 165 per cent jump in the value of work being approved to be done in just one area of Sydney last year. Owners in the area that includes Rose Bay, Vaucluse and Watsons Bay spent a total of $56.8

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million on alterations and additions in 2017, compared with $21.4 million the year before on the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data. In Melbourne’s Brighton, the renovation spend was up 49 per cent to $51.2 million, in Perth’s Nedlands, Dalkeith and Crawley it was up 51 per cent to $24.5 million, while in Brisbane’s New Farm it leapt 142 per cent to $18.9 million. “Certainly, we’re seeing the budgets are bigger now because property values have gone up exponentially, so the issue of over-capitalising doesn’t exist any more,” says architect Luigi Rosselli. “But we’re also seeing a growing trend

of clients choosing to renovate rather than demolish and start again. They may say they want a modern house but we tell them that modern elements intertwined and combined with an existing house can enrich both the modernity and heritage aspect and they can end up with a beautiful result.” One example is our featured Sydney property, a 1950s, six-bedroom home on Kambala Road, Bellevue Hill, still with a period staircase and mouldings that has undergone a contemporary transformation in an area - encompassing Bellevue Hill and Double Bay - where owners spent $42.2 million on renovations in 2017. “There was a major renovation in 2011 and then further work in 2014 and, since then, constant upgrading to the point where you walk through and think it’s a brand-new property,” says Ray White Double Bay agent Elliott Placks. Many people renovate to create fresh luxury. Interior designer Thomas Hamel says they bring back ideas from hotels and stores around the world, as well as from internet images. “They then bring their homes into the next


YOUR AGENT Elliott Placks, Ray White Double Bay

“This home is in a fabulous location and the renovations have made it very easy to live in, with the living and kitchen areas opening up to the outside, which is very rare for this area.”

generation; getting rid of children’s rooms and becoming more selfish with better bathrooms and dressing rooms,” he says. Another factor in the size of the renovation spend is rapidly rising building costs of eight to 10 per cent year on year, says the managing director of building company Horizon Habitats, David Moses. In Sydney, the volume of infrastructure and apartment construction have led to labour shortages and rising prices. “We’re working at the luxury end of the market, so people decide on a renovation because they want a beautiful home rather than working out if a renovation makes financial sense, but the figures usually stack up within two to five years, too.” The Agency’s Ben Collier says an expensive renovation can help a home to sell for more money, and more quickly, in the prestige market – but only as long as it’s a good one. “There are examples of homes that have been beautifully done and have clearly had an obscene amount of money spent on making them particular architects’ dreams, but if they

don’t have functionality, and don’t work, then that can work against the sellers, too,” he says. “But if they do work and, particularly if they’ve been done by named architects and winning builders, that can hold them in good stead for a result that can exceed their expectations.”

Bellevue Hill Sydney 8 Kambala Road $11 million

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Auction: May 17 Agent: Ray White Double Bay, Elliott Placks 0402 149 917

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HERVEY BAY TOURISM QUEENSLAND

Pristine waters make this coastal destination an angler’s paradise, with “the best climate in Australia”. B y K ATE FARRE LLY It’s the Holy Grail of game fishing: completing a

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“We’re going to build on a block in River Heads,”

grand slam. No, it’s nothing to do with tennis and

he says. “The town has got everything you want

Hervey Bay \ 8 Hampton Court

everything to do with the fish that didn’t get

and it’s only three hours’ drive from Brisbane, so

$1.25 million +

away – three of a kind to be exact.

you’re away in a nice rural community but with

Angler Luke Fallon describes a grand slam as catching three, rather than four in the tennis realm, different species of one fish in a day. In

Mobility corridor

Hervey Bay, this rare feat is all about marlin,

Sid Boshammer, of Prime Agents Hervey Bay,

making this coastal city north of the Sunshine

himself a keen fisherman, has lived in the town

Coast a mecca for fishing fans far and wide.

for 45 years and says it’s very much a lifestyle-

Fallon and his photographer wife Kelly Dalling Fallon have lived and worked in Cairns for the past nine years, but this year they will move their charter boat to Urangan Harbour in Hervey Bay. “It’s a year-round fishing destination down there, and we can see the potential,” Fallon says. “The marlin fishing is excellent, and you can

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retirement hub with “the best climate in Australia”. “We have 20-plus kilometres of north-facing beaches and very pleasant temperatures, with a maximum of 32 degrees in summer and between 22 and 24 degrees in winter.” For sale

Boshammer says a mobility corridor, which

catch three different marlins in one day – it

extends 6.2 km from the Hervey Bay Botanic

Agent: Prime Agents Hervey Bay,

happens down there more often than most

Gardens in Elizabeth Street, Urangan, and

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places.”

connects with the CBD in Pialba, following a

Showcasing timber from Fraser Island in an

former rail line, has been a boon for the local

expansive floor plan, this family home is on an

community.

elevated 4000-square-metre lot with district

Options galore Fallon’s clients come from across Australia and

“You’ll see kids with push bikes, parents with

and sea views. Cathedral ceilings with exposed

he also has an international following, with

strollers and lots of mobility scooters,” he says.

timber trusses feature throughout the residence,

anglers flying in from New Zealand and America

“And we’ve got a bikeway under lots of shade

which has a choice of living spaces, a pool with

to try their luck in Queensland’s pristine waters.

trees that goes all the way to Point Vernon.”

Fallon says the area will give them plenty of

Throw in the spectacular waterways and the

spa and a huge shed.

The prospect of

recreational fishing options, with a choice of river,

attractions of nearby Fraser Island and

snaring a marlin makes

estuary, bay and freshwater destinations, while

Boshammer says Hervey Bay is shrugging off its

Hervey Bay a mecca for

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also offering a relaxed lifestyle in a pretty locale.

“sleepy village” reputation.

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Lower Plenty

Exhilarating terror on four wheels

Melbourne / 23 Woodfull Road $3.9 million-$4.29 million

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riving at 200 kilometres per hour in a car made from pure evil is hard enough when you can see where you’re going. Trying to pilot the fastest Porsche ever made – the 911 GT2 RS – around the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit at Albert Park is far more terrifying because most of the time all you can see are big, hard, concrete walls coming at you. We were allowed to build up to driving this frankly absurd car – with its 515kW, 750Nm, 340km/h top speed and a zero-to-100km/h time of 2.8 seconds – by touring in lesser 911s. To say I was scared as I sat waiting for my go in the GT2 would be a star-sized understatement. So it was less than helpful when Mark Webber, former Formula One ace, affable Aussie and Porsche employee, stuck his head in the window. I can only describe the look on his face as pity, with a touch of amusement, and most of what he said about how the power I was about to encounter would liquefy my insides, passed me by (to be fair, I could barely hear him because even at idle the GT2 has the

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kind of bass thrum you normally only find in vast London nightclubs). The next 10 minutes were violent, visceral and almost violating. Webber was right, there is a stupid amount of power on tap in this car, so much so that only a real racing driver could access all of it. Walls threw themselves at me, braking markers suddenly appeared as if they’d leapt out of the ground, and at one stage a flashy red GT2 RS flashed past and disappeared so fast that I felt like a fool. Webber, again. Truly, this Porsche is the most intimidating car I’ve ever had the mixed pleasure to drive and, after I got out, I was as shaken, sweaty and yet exhilarated, as if I’d faced Mitchell Starc in the nets and managed to occasionally hit the ball. I genuinely can’t imagine spending $645,400 on a 911 GT2 RS, but fortunately I don’t have to, because Porsche already has all of its orders filled, and customers begging for more. This will be a collector’s item, and will only appreciate in value, as long as its owners don’t accidentally launch it into any walls.

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For sale Agent: Barry Plant Manningham, Adele Kocuk 0412 255 919t There’s a certain synergy between the sharp lines and beautiful brutality of this epic five-bedroom mansion and the hard-and-fast shapes of the 911 GT2 RS. Frankly, it would seem a waste to hide the purest of Porsches away in the eight-car garage, because it would fit so perfectly on the

The Porsche 911 GT2 RS

patio beside the pool, as a talking point.

has the kind of a bass thrum you normally only find in vast London

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SKANE COUNTY

A luxurious residence on Sweden’s rugged southern coastline is the epitome of Scandi chic. B y E LICIA M U RR AY

interest rates put a rocket up Swedish prices, which now outstrip average earnings by a factor of 10 – double the multiple of 20 years ago.

WHAT YOU CAN BUY FOR … $8.42 million A waterfront property in Skane with a six-bedroom home, guest villa, horse farm, golf course and padel courts. $4.59 million Skottorp Palace in Halland, described by the agent as Sweden’s bestpreserved Empire-period palace. $1.45 million A newly built fourbedroom villa on a 1310 square metres of land near the bay of Laholm in Skane.

House prices have risen by about 50 per cent If this 10-bedroom home in southern Sweden

Halmstad in the north. “Some houses are old

since 2012. There are signs that the tide is turning;

were to feature in a Nordic noir series, its owner

classic Swedish houses with either brick or

residential prices fell nine per cent between

would be an enigmatic tycoon with impeccable

wooden facade,” Vestergren says. “Some are

August and December. Goldman Sachs predicts

taste and a guilty secret. The property in Skane

super modern with big glazed parts and metal

further slides, thanks to more restrictive

on the Kulla Peninsula is listed for sale through

frameworks, like this one.”

regulations and interest-rate hikes.

Sweden Sotheby’s International Realty with a guide of 32 million SEK, or about $4.9 million. While there’s overwhelming evidence that the owner of Villa Schrewelius has impeccable taste

It’s also common for houses to have modern exteriors and “classic, old-style” interiors. Or vice

Can Australians buy in?

versa – with slick new appliances, of course.

Provided you have the cash, the answer is “yes”.

The Skane residence has about 400 square

“Foreigners can buy quite easily,” Vestergren

– from the full-height windows showcasing the

metres of floor space, a three-car garage,

says. The difficulty comes if a Swedish bank loan

point-blank water view to the understated

separate guest quarters and a sauna overlooking

is required. Banks require a Swedish social

interiors with timber and stone accents – the

the pool and sea, with views of the Danish coast.

security number, which can’t be granted without

listing shows no sign whatsoever of any secrets, guilty or otherwise. Joakim Vestergren, the agent handling the sale,

Current market “Cracks in the red-hot Swedish housing market

says there’s a wide range of architectural styles

are yawning wider,” declared The Financial Times

along the coast from Helsingborg in the south to

in January. A robust economy and ultra-low

a permanent local address. The stamp duty is 1.5 per cent of the sale price. An annual fee of 7812 SEK, or $1180, is also payable. sothebysrealty.com

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19 Coral Crescent, Pearl Beach Spectacular Beach Side Residence Positioned directly across the road from the sparkling white sands of Pearl Beach on the stellar strip of Coral Crescent, is this spacious and beautifully appointed family home. You can enjoy an idyllic lifestyle in this rare position with enough space for the whole family to relax and unwind with the soothing sound of the breaking waves. This outstanding property fronts the serene Pearl Beach Lagoon and showcases superbly landscaped and carefully planted gardens with picturesque views of the lagoon.

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279 West Street, Umina Beach

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6 BED 4 BATH 4 CAR +SPA

This luxury Hamptons inspired French country manor, set on a low maintenance five acre rural-residential block is located in one of the best kept secrets of Brisbane – The Dayboro Valley. ‘Bellevue’ is situated just 4km east of the Dayboro Village and close to beautiful wineries and wedding venues which offer a large range of consumer options and services. It nestles comfortably amongst thousands of acres of private family properties and state forest making it the perfect getaway from bustling city life. The property features breathtaking views, separate guest house with spa, to provide true dual living.

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