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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle buy first home in USA

<p><span>The duke and duchess of Sussex have bought their first home in California.</span><br /><br /><span>Meghan and Harry are reportedly looking to settle down in Santa Barbara, a picturesque city which is only just 160 kilometres from Los Angeles.</span><br /><br /><span>A representative for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex confirmed to HELLO! UK the Sussex Family, including son Archie, moved into their new home in July.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CDyHstlMrvR/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CDyHstlMrvR/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Meghan and Harry❤ (@meghan_and_harry)</a> on Aug 12, 2020 at 1:48am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>"They have settled into the quiet privacy of their community since their arrival and hope that this will be respected for their neighbours, as well as for them as a family," the source said.</span><br /><br /><span>The city of Santa Barbara is an affluent community, meaning Meghan and Harry will likely be rubbing shoulders with plenty of celebrities including Oprah, Ellen DeGeneres and Rob Lowe.</span><br /><br /><span>Harry and Meghan's first home together was Frogmore Cottage, a historic Grade II listed property in Windsor.</span><br /><br /><span>It was the first home the couple were able to really spend time together when they first were married.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CDz5gJBn_jP/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CDz5gJBn_jP/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">La controvertida biografía no oficial sobre los duques de Sussex ha sacado a la luz numerosos detalles de su vida en palacio. - En noviembre de 2018, la Familia Real británica celebró el 70º cumpleaños de Carlos de Inglaterra. Lo hizo distribuyendo unas entrañables fotografías junto a la duquesa de Cornualles, sus dos hijos (el duque de Cambridge y el de Sussex) y las esposas y los hijos de estos. Al príncipe de Gales se le veía feliz, mirando a la cámara mientras sostenía a su nieto George entre los brazos. Todo parecía tranquilo y pacífico en este posado institucional dominado por las sonrisas y la armonía familiar. Pero, según hemos sabido casi dos años después, la intrahistoria de aquellas instantáneas nada tiene que ver con lo que se nos mostró en su momento. - En las páginas de Finding Freedom se recoge que aquel posado, motivado por la celebración del cumpleaños de Carlos de Inglaterra, no fue sino una "pesadilla absoluta". El motivo no era otro que la tensión existente entre los dos hermanos, Guillermo y Harry, que no quisieron hacer un esfuerzo para facilitar la tarea al equipo encargado de tomar las fotografías. Asimismo, se dejaba entrever ya en aquel momento que la relación entre el príncipe de Gales y su hijo pequeño era "complicada".</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/royalty_dr/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Royalty DR</a> (@royalty_dr) on Aug 12, 2020 at 6:23pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>In January, after the pair announced they had the intention to step down as senior royals, Megs and Harry spent their time coupled up in Canada on Vancouver Island.</span><br /><br /><span>Eventually, when the pair trekked it to Los Angeles to finally settle and look for a home to buy, reports showed they stayed in Tyler Perry’s $23.8 million Beverly Hills mansion.</span></p>

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Rare glimpse inside Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell's home

<p>Goldie has given fans a rare look into her beautiful home that she shares with her husband Kurt Russel.</p> <p>It is not the first time the actress has shared her home with loyal fans as thanks to lockdown the star has posted videos from her spacious living room and her workout room.</p> <p>Now the actress has also shared pictures of her large garden, which perfectly encapsulates her eccentric and bubbly personality.</p> <p>The lush green garden is filled with quirky décor, including a giant cow that has been spotted multiple times throughout her social media account.</p> <p>Now that lockdown restrictions have been eased, Goldie and Kurt have been able to allow visits from their family again, including Goldie’s daughter Kate Hudson.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/tv/CAtYhTgni0h/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/tv/CAtYhTgni0h/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Goldie Hawn (@goldiehawn)</a> on May 27, 2020 at 4:08pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Doting grandmother Goldie was pictured with her grandson Ryder in July, and has five other beautiful grandkids to spoil and love.</p> <p>The actress previously told Australian Women's Weekly: "A good family is the answer to happiness. I look at our kids and grandchildren and there's nothing in the world that could make me as proud as I am of all of them."</p> <p>Goldie and her hubby Kurt, who is also an A-list actor, celebrated 37 years of blissful marriage together back in February.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CDmlqJEH4gk/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CDmlqJEH4gk/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Goldie Hawn (@goldiehawn)</a> on Aug 7, 2020 at 2:21pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The celebrity couple are often asked about marriage, and Goldie previously revealed their reasons for not tying the knot.</p> <p>Speaking on Loose Women in 2015, the actress admitted: "I would have been long divorced if I’d been married. Marriage is an interesting psychological thing. If you need to feel bound to someone, then it's important to be married.</p> <p>"If you have independence, if you have enough money and sense of independence and you like your independence, there’s something psychological about not being married because it gives you the freedom to make decisions one way or the other.</p> <p>“For me, I chose to stay. Kurt chose to stay, and we like the choice."</p>

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Baby number 2 for the Stefanovic clan?

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Karl Stefanovic and his wife Jasmine Yarbrough are thrilled with their roles as new parents to Harper May.</p> <p>The excited couple posts social media pictures as they watch three-month-old Harper discover the world.</p> <p>An insider has confirmed to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.newidea.com.au/karl-stefanovic-jasmine-yarbrough-baby-number-two" target="_blank" class="_e75a791d-denali-editor-page-rtflink"><em>New Idea</em></a> that the family are considering giving Harper a little brother or sister.</p> <p>“A second baby is not far away,” confirms the insider. “And due to COVID, they have decided to increase their family.”</p> <p>With COVID-19 shaking up the way everyday life runs, some businesses are on hold. This includes Jasmine's shoe business.</p> <p>“Jasmine’s shoe business is on ‘COVID hold’, so it also makes sense,” the insider adds.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CDKPEsMlM5o/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CDKPEsMlM5o/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Jasmine Stefanovic (@jasyarby)</a> on Jul 27, 2020 at 2:03pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The insider said that Stefanovic is thrilled with the idea of another child.</p> <p>“He loves being a dad. Full Stop. Always has, always will,” the source tells <em>New Idea.</em></p> <p>One of Karl’s <em>Today</em> show colleagues told the insider that Harper has “made him so happy”.</p> <p>“He is so clucky and loving towards Harper,” continues the insider.</p> <p>The insider also said that Stefanovic is telling his <em>Today</em> show co-workers about their plan for a new bub.</p> <p>“[Karl] is telling his network colleagues they want a new baby brother or sister for Harper as soon as possible. His Today co-workers have said they are already planning that it will be sooner rather than later.”</p> <p>It helps that baby Harper May has been accepted by his three older children, Jackson, River and Ava.</p> <p>“His other children adore their new baby sister,” the insider confirmed.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Couple build dream “tiny home” for less than $35k

<p>A couple has revealed the inside details on to how they built their dream “tiny home” for a little less than $35,000.</p> <p>Trysh Martinez, 31, and her husband Saul Martinez, 32, says they began the build on their home back in August 2018, using materials they bought locally.</p> <p>“My husband and I both have student loans and we didn’t want to take out any more loans or a mortgage or pay for ongoing rent,” Trysh explained to <em>Jam Press.</em></p> <p>“The financial reasons were reinforced by our plans to be travel rehab therapists, like travel nurses, but rehabilitation therapists who work for 13-week hospital contracts all over the country.</p> <p>“By living tiny, we are seeking financial freedom and a more conscious and purposeful living with less material things to focus on the more important aspects in life.”</p> <p>The pair proudly took on a majority of their renovations and only looked for help when it came to the electrical, plumbing, roofing, and custom cabinets.</p> <p>They also loved the designing process and took it upon themselves to decorate the little home.</p> <p>“Saul did a lot of research and planning based on other YouTube videos,” Trysh said.</p> <p>“He had a general sense of the design plan, like dividing the house areas: kitchen, living area, bedroom loft, bathroom, storage loft, but the details of the build were build-as-you-go to adapt based on what materials we could find for reduced costs.”</p> <p>Trysh says her and her husband also developed a new-found strength within eachother.</p> <p>“I also think the whole project strengthened our relationship,” she said.</p> <p>“We got to see each other’s strengths and weaknesses.</p> <p>“I personally saw Saul’s character through the ups and downs of the build.</p> <p>“I was able to first hand see his tenacity, patience, and calm demeanour even in the most stressful moments, as well as his quick problem solving, resourcefulness, and very effective budgeting.”</p> <p>The most challenging part of their transformation was finding the right land.</p> <p>“Looking for land and the thought of having to move abruptly is pretty stressful,” she said.</p> <p>“Tiny house city ordinances in San Diego have recently changed and they are more lenient for allowing tiny houses now, but prior to that, we felt like we were walking on eggshells and feared having to move or getting cited by the city.</p> <p>“Should we decide to move, it would take another long and thorough search to find the perfect land we could park at and that makes the mobility aspect tougher in reality.”</p> <p>Trysh says anyone thinking of building their own home should thoroughly research before taking the leap.</p> <p>“Watch YouTube videos, ask other DIY tiny house builders, and look into all the different ways and approaches you could do to maximise your budget, time and space while making it as custom and unique as you’d want your house to be,” she said.</p> <p>“Identifying your priority areas - the areas you anticipate will be most frequently used in the house -always helps in deciding square footage and amenities.”</p> <p>Image: Instagram <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B_8YPvqhll3/" target="_blank">@tryshka</a></p>

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James Bond's glorious French chateau up for sale

<p>Sir Sean Connery is selling his glorious French chateau for a whopping $33.87 million.</p> <p>One of the big screen’s most iconic 007 British naval intelligence officers in the <em>James Bond</em> movie franchise, Connery bought the home in 1975, and with glorious views overlooking the city of Nice and Mediterranean sea, it’s not hard to see why he has held on to it for so long.</p> <p>The gorgeous home sits atop a  hill on the Cap de Nice and was used in several scenes of the Bond-movie Never Say Never Again that was filmed in Nice and nearby Monaco.</p> <p>By the time Connery actually into the French chateau, the actor had already achieved wealth in the hundreds of millions and was turning away movie contracts that would have paid him as much as US$450 million for one film.</p> <p>The property spans over one acre and features incredible landscaped terraces that have winding paths to the sea, bright green strips of lawn and a luxurious saltwater pool.</p> <p>The house is built on five levels with an elevator and rooftop terrace, with five bedrooms and baths are distributed between all the floors.</p> <p>The entrance itself is a wonder with floor-to-ceiling windows capturing more views of Nice, mountain and sea.</p> <p>Wrap-around and garden terraces invite lounging, sunset cocktails and dining under the stars.</p> <p>The actor’s home also has insanely beautiful details such as wide-planked parquet floors run throughout the building.</p> <p>Images:<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.knightfrank.com/" target="_blank">www.knightfrank.com</a></p>

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Anthony Hopkins sells off glorious Malibu retreat for eye watering price

<p><span>Renowned actor Anthony Hopkins is saying farwell to his longtime Malibu reatreat for an eye watering $10.5 million.</span><br /><br /><span>The gorgeous home that spans over one-acre, is located on Point Dume Bluff, and did not seem to be a difficult sell for Hopkins who listed it in February with a $11.5 million price tag.</span><br /><br /><span>The 4,010-square-foot home may not have left his hands for the extra million, it is a definite jump in profit from the $3.8 million he paid for the property back in 2001.</span><br /><br /><span>The main part of the home boasts a glorious four bedrooms and four bathrooms, along with a stunning white stone-framed fireplace in the living room.</span><br /><br /><span>The kitten is a marvel in itself and is fitted with stainless steel appliances, wood cabinetry, terra-cotta style floors and built-in shelving.</span><br /><br /><span>The property also includes a pool and spa, along with gardens and an impressive deck space.</span><br /><br /><span>On another part of the property, there is a spacious guest house which has a private one-bedroom, one-bathroom guest house, as well as a pool house..</span><br /><br /><span>Hopkins and his wife, Stella, are selling the home because they want to be closer to Los Angeles.</span><br /><br /><span>The couple already own three homes in the city.</span><br /><br /><span>Along with a two-bedroom Pacific Palisades condo, they also maintain a $6.6 million contemporary house in the neighborhood, which they bought in 2018.</span></p>

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Slip sliding away: Coastal homes under dire threat

<p>Residents along the NSW Central Coast have been left concerned after days of extreme surf caused severe erosion, putting the beachfront homes in danger of collapsing.</p> <p>A powerful low pressure system across Australia’s east coast earlier this week created large swells and high waves smashing the beaches.</p> <p>Police, State Emergency Services (SES) and NSW Fire and Rescue were called to homes on Ocean View Drive in Wamberal on Thursday night following reports of erosion at the properties, the <em><a href="https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/wild-weather-leaves-nsw-homes-at-risk-of-structural-collapse-due-to-beach-erosion-20200717-p55cwm.html">Sydney Morning Herald</a> </em>reported.</p> <p>“Dunes are collapsing, people’s houses are at risk of falling into the sea,” a resident told <em><a href="https://www.9news.com.au/national/sydney-erosion-fears-wild-weather/c1d0baad-688a-4bc6-8a8e-58177aee69af#:~:text=Residents%20living%20along%20the%20NSW,homes%20exposed%20to%20the%20elements.&amp;text=%22We%20have%20massive%20erosion%20on,%2C%22%20one%20resident%20told%209News.">9News</a></em>.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Ffrnsw459%2Fposts%2F1918254264978574&amp;show_text=true&amp;width=552&amp;height=740&amp;appId" width="552" height="740" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>Emergency services brought large concrete blocks along the stretch of coast to help support homes from the risk of landslide.</p> <p>SES controller Rolf Garda said this erosion damage was the worst he had seen in the last 30 years.</p> <p>“There’s always been impact on that area but for some reason this event has taken away far more land than we expected,” Garda told the <em><a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-17/nsw-coastal-erosion-from-large-swell-pummelling-coast/12465398">ABC</a></em>.</p> <p>“We identified that some houses were pretty close to the slump line. We worked with Council to walk up and down and talk to the residents and advised them of the potential dangers.”</p> <p>Local café worker Amanda Keanelly said the coastal erosion was “so scary” for the residents. “A guy came in yesterday and he told us that his home was a metre away from going in. He was heartbroken,” Keanelly told the <em><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jul/17/nsw-central-coast-huge-swells-wamberal-homes-risk-collapse-beach-erosion">Guardian</a></em>.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.bom.gov.au/nsw/forecasts/centralcoastcities.shtml">Bureau of Meteorology</a> forecasted large and powerful surf conditions until at least Saturday.</p> <p><em>Photo: ABC News</em></p>

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Cate Blanchett gives rare glimpse inside $12 million Sydney home

<p><span>Australian actress Cate Blanchett and her husband Andrew Upton have listed their Sydney home for an eye watering $12 million.</span><br /><br /><span>Blanchett, who is notoriously known for keeping her life private, has given fans a rare glimpse into her luxurious five-bedroom apartment in the heart of the CBD.</span><br /><br /><span>She purchased the property for $8 million in 2015.</span><br /><br /><span>According to The Daily Telegraph, the home has attracted considerable interest online.</span><br /><br /><span>It has been viewed more than 3,000 times since it was listed 12 days ago.</span><br /><br /><span>The two-storey apartment is listed in the Astor building of Sydney and offers unbelievable panoramic views of some of the city's most famous landmarks, including Sydney Harbour, the Opera House and the Royal Botanic Garden.</span><br /><br /><span>The first floor boasts a gorgeous open plan living, including a lounge, a generous kitchen and dining area, and two bedrooms.</span><br /><br /><span>The kitchen is simply a chef’s delight with stainless steel appliances, and gives plenty of storage options.</span><br /><br /><span>High ceilings with deep stylish black windows flood the interior with natural light.</span><br /><br /><span>The property previously belonged to Barry Humphries, who was better known by his comedic alter ego Dame Edna.</span><br /><br /><span>He infamously and illegally combined three units in the historic building 35 years ago.</span><br /><br /><span>Cate and Andrew, 53, bought the apartment from businessman Mark Bouris, the former host of The Apprentice Australia.</span><br /><br /><span>It seems the pair are getting rid of all their Australian properties, after selling their Berlera Creek holiday home in December.</span><br /><br /><span>Cate and Andrew are now living in England, where they own a $5.7 million manor called Highwell House in East Sussex.</span><br /><br /><span>The pair wed in 1997 and share sons Dashiell, 17, Roman, 15, and Ignatius, 11, and daughter Edith, five.</span></p>

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Frank surprise at dilapidated Sydney house on market for $3.6 million

<p>A dilapidated house with missing floorboards and a collapsed ceiling has been marketed in Sydney for $3.6 million.</p> <p>Located in Darlinghurst’s Surrey Street on a 280sqm site, the five-bedroom property was described as “a true blank canvas”.</p> <p>The online listing from agent BresicWhitney read: “The sprawling residence is a rare chance to craft your dream home from a piece of Inner Sydney history.”</p> <p>The house was last sold in 1990, according to <em><a href="https://www.domain.com.au/112-surrey-street-darlinghurst-nsw-2010-2016260156">Domain</a></em>.</p> <p>The listing has been met with raised eyebrows, with one woman joking on Twitter that buyers should not expect to have “a floor AND a ceiling” amid the economic downturn.</p> <p>“It’s going to be beautiful after someone spends $1.5m rebuilding it,” one wrote.</p> <p>Another person wrote on Reddit: “It shocks me how many run down places in Sydney there are... All million dollar run downs, it’s crazy.”</p> <p>However, others pointed out that the land size and the location would be worth the price.</p> <p>“Five bedrooms with a courtyard and two-car garage in the middle of Darlinghurst. Yeah, $3.6m is about right,” one commented.</p> <p>“Yeah it’s bloody expensive. But what do you expect to pay in the centre of the biggest city just a few minutes’ walk from the CBD … People are paying that much for houses of that size in the ‘burbs.”</p> <p>Sydney ranks among the top three least affordable housing markets in the world alongside Hong Kong and Vancouver, according to <a href="http://demographia.com/dhi2019.pdf">the 15th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey</a>.</p>

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Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla’s “love shack” on the market for $4.75 million

<p><span>The English country manor which Prince Charlie used to court Princess Diana, and later had an affair with the Duchess of Cornwall, is being sold for an asking price of $4.75 million.</span><br /><br /><span>The vast Bolehyde Manor in Allington, Wiltshire has a grand eight bedrooms, a swimming pool, tennis court, three cottages, stables, and can also boast a "tree house complex,” expansive gardens and more on 80 acres of expansive farmland.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B9rSX0cAvzj/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; 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font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B9rSX0cAvzj/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by British Royal Family (@britishmonarchy)</a> on Mar 13, 2020 at 6:59am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>The site has been dubbed the “love shack” for Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, and dates back to around 700 years.</span><br /><br /><span>According to the outlet, the Prince of Wales wooed his first wife Diana at Bolehyde Manor in the early days of their courtship and later had an affair with Camilla at the home.</span><br /><br /><span>She lived there during her marriage to ex-husband Andrew Parker Bowles.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CBI3p7gJ_mk/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; 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Catherine Zeta-Jones shows off inside beautiful New York mansion

<p>Catherine Zeta-Jones and her family can definitely say they are one of the lucky families that get to relax and self-isolate during lockdown in their New York mansion.</p> <p>While she nor the rest of her family give many details away about their beautiful home, fans have been given a glimpse of the rooms, including their spectacularly regal black and white theme.</p> <p>Recently, Catherine shared a photograph of her husband Michael relaxing on their gorgeous cream sofa.</p> <p>The Darling Buds of May actress shared the picture on Instagram over the weekend, revealing that her puppy, Taylor, had taken over the sofa.</p> <p>The actress lives in a gorgeous Georgian mansion in Irvington, New York, which is not too far away from Manhattan.</p> <p>Her and Michael share their home with their two children, Dylan, 19, and Carys, 17.</p> <p>Their stunning property boasts magnificent views of the Hudson river and has a sprawling garden, complete with an impressive outdoor kitchen.</p> <p>The home also includes an indoor swimming pool, a library, a gym, and a games room, where Catherine has been spending a lot of time learning how to play pool during the lockdown.</p> <p>There are also ten bathrooms in the house, which are all themed differently, ranging from a gothic all-black design to a spa-like area complete with a roll-top bath.</p> <p>The family has an expansive property portfolio, including a spacious apartment overlooking Central Park on New York's Central Park West, as well as a large family home in Catherine's hometown of Swansea, Wales.</p> <p>While in quarantine, the family have been enjoying spending quality time together and fans have been able to indulge virtually with the family.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery to see Catherine and Michael’s incredible mansion.</p>

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Great-grandparents sell multimillion-dollar penthouse to help COVID-19 research

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>An elderly couple in Queensland have decided to donate the proceeds of their multimillion dollar seaside penthouse in order to help researchers develop a vaccine for COVID-19.</p> <p>Keith and Glenda Drake, both in their 80s, decided to auction off their two-storey penthouse on the Sunshine Coast and want to assist in the search for a cure.</p> <p>The couple moved from the penthouse to an acreage property with their 57-year-old son Neville who requires round-the-clock care as he lives with quadriplegia cerebral palsy.</p> <p>Keith said that the penthouse was earning rental income but decided as long as they have enough income to look after their son’s needs, the money could be put to better use.</p> <p>"We have enough, we know what we need for Neville and his condition, and the rest of our family," he said to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-24/couple-donate-penthouse-proceeds-to-coronavirus-research/12177108?pfmredir=sm" target="_blank">ABC</a></em>.</p> <p>"We won't live forever, we're in our 80s … so I said to Glenda, 'Let's do it' and she said, 'Yes!'.</p> <p>"I understood the significance of this pandemic, I realised how serious it was, and thought the laboratories must really be needing some money to do what they've got to do.</p> <p>"Without them coming up with a remedy we could be stuck with this thing for a long time."</p> <p>The couple had already donated $100,000 to the cause but felt the money “wouldn’t get them very far” and decided to add their proceeds from the penthouse to the donation.</p> <p>The funds will go towards expanding national trials, testing the effectiveness of two drugs in the treatment of COVID-19 and other medical research projects.</p> <p>"I couldn't do what they do [medical staff] and that to me is of greater significance than what we are doing," Mr Drake said.</p> <p>"Giving a material thing is not as valuable as the time and energy put in by these medical people.</p> <p>"Those people doing the work — carers, people fighting fires — those are the wonderful people who deserve accolades, not people like us who have just been lucky in business."</p> <p>The funds will go to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (HBWH) Foundation Coronavirus Action Fund, and chief executive Simone Garske said that the family are “incredibly generous”.</p> <p>"The funds from the sale of the property will allow research projects, such as clinical trials, to occur and be expanded when necessary, so we get answers faster," she said.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Jason Hodges from Better Homes and Gardens is selling up – and his house is amazing

<p>Fans were devastated when Jason Hodges was<span> </span><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/tv/i-just-didn-t-see-it-coming-jason-hodges-on-why-his-better-homes-axing-was-a-mistake" target="_blank">axed from</a><span> </span><em>Better Homes and Gardens</em><span> </span>after sixteen years on the show. The man himself confirmed that he just “didn’t see it coming”, he is focusing on the future and plans on taking it easy.</p> <p>Hodgie is now selling his amazing North Ryde property that is heritage listed with a price guide of $1.9 million.</p> <p>The well-loved four-bedroom home has undergone an amazing transformation which is believed to be a labour of love for Hodgie and his partner, Lisa, a horticulturalist.</p> <p>The home is set amongst beautiful landscaped gardens with hedging, lawns, retaining walls, stepping stones and topiary trees. There’s a plunge pool behind a glass fence, water features, hardwood decking, a fixed barbecue and a pizza oven tucked away in the corner of the jaw-dropping garden.</p> <p>“Everyone who has inspected the house has stood on the driveway looking back at the house and commented on how stunning it is,” said agent John McManus.</p> <p>“It just feels like something you would expect to find in the Southern Highlands. When you arrive at the property, it is like you are visiting family in the country.”</p> <p>That comment is especially fitting as Hodgie himself has planned on taking things a lot easier since his departure from the show.</p> <p>“I need to change my lifestyle. The hustle and bustle of Sydney - the tolls, the parking, the units going up…” he trails off.</p> <p>“Berry is heaven, it’s green and lush with rolling hills and the people are even better than the landscape. The sense of community is amazing,” he adds.</p> <p>Hodges has won medals at the Chelsea Flower show and Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show for his work.</p> <p>The couple have two children and have retained many period features inside the home, including exposed brick work, pressed tin ceilings, timber flooring and working fireplaces.</p> <p>The couple renovated the house in 2014, but a new kitchen was added last year.</p> <p>One of Mr McManus’ favourite areas is the main bathroom with freestanding tub, an open shower and a decorative original fireplace.</p> <p>“It is just stunning, to me, he has really thought about keeping the character of the home but also creating something special,” he said.</p> <p>“You could be sitting in the bath on a Friday afternoon with a glass of champagne and the candles going, it is just delightful.”</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery to see the stunning home and garden.</p> <p><em>Photo credits:<span> </span><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.realestate.com.au/news/former-better-homes-and-gardens-landscaper-jason-hodges-to-sell-his-north-ryde-home/" target="_blank">realestate.com.au</a></em></p>

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Guy Sebastian gives rare look into “special” monochromatic mansion

<p><span>Australian pop star Guy Sebastian and his wife Jules have given fans a rare insight into their ultra-modern monochromatic home during the strict quarantine measures. </span><br /><br /><span>As the pair continue to self-isolate with their two children during the COVID-19 pandemic, they have taken to social media to share pictures of their unbelievable $3.1 million Maroubra mansion. </span><br /><br /><span>The property was once described as a “fortress” by angry neighbours and features a tennis court, lush grand piano and a nine-metre high spiral staircase. </span><br /><br /><span>Guy and Jules chose a simple monochrome palette for their interior design, and features concrete walls and black and white features throughout.</span><br /><br /><span>Jules also recently took to social media to give an update on her life, and in that time shared what her bathroom (that she shares with Guy) looks like. </span><br /><br /><span>The mother-of-two revealed in another clip that she had managed to finish renovating her children's bedrooms before coronavirus was declared a pandemic. </span><br /><br /><span>The Sebastians share two children, Hudson James, eight, and Archer Jones, five.</span><br /><br /><span>Guy purchased the home in 2013, and then spent two-and-a-half years renovating it. He finally moved in with his family in June 2019.</span><br /><br /><span>Disgruntled neighbours have made complaints in the past about the loud development, with many describing the home as a “fortress” because of its monolithic facade. </span><br /><br /><span>In December, Guy defended the extensive renovation, telling KIIS FM: “It’s a long build, but it's a pretty special house. It's not normal. It's not a cookie-cutter house. It's cool.”</span></p>

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Royal residence! Rare look into Prince Charles’ and Duchess Camilla’s Clarence House

<p><em>Google Arts &amp; Culture</em> have teamed up with the royal family to give onlookers a virtual tour of Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla’s highly publicised, but rarely seen Clarence House in London.</p> <p>Royal life is often tightly guarded and kept between the select few. However, it has never been easier to see what it is like to live as a royal.</p> <p>The virtual tour of Prince Charles’ Clarence House only lets onlookers see into the ground floor of the house, but even that is enough to showcase just how family-oriented this royal family is.</p> <p>Littered among the walls and every sitting place is portraits of the Windsor family – from the Prince of Wales’ grandmother to his youngest son, Prince Harry.</p> <p>It is a stunning property that the Queen herself is privileged enough to say she once called home – and judging by the grandeur styling and opulent decor, it is no wonder how the royal would have fit right in.</p> <p>Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall have called the Clarence House their own since 2003 and was originally built for the Duke of Clarence who would go on to become King William IV in 1827.</p> <p>He and the Queen were not the only utmost senior royals to call the abode their own, as the Queen Mother once graced the halls of the four-story property between the years 1953 to 2002.</p> <p>For a short time, Queen Elizabeth and The Duke of Edinburgh lived in the home after they were married in 1947.</p> <p>The most mystifying feature of the entire property is the lavish, stunning gardens which is what guests will first see when they enter upon the grounds of Clarence House.</p> <p>Prince Charles designed the gardens himself in 2005 in a bid to honour his grandmother, who he shared a very close relationship with while she was alive.</p> <p>The entrance hall of the home has its own unique and unbelievable features as portraits of great royalty line the walls along with treasured relics.</p> <p>Another intimate touch royal onlookers are given a rare insight to is the family photos on display in the Morning Room, where Prince Charles is said to entertain guests from all walks of life.</p> <p>The gorgeous and unique residence who is called home by Prince Charles and his wife has remained a treasure to the royal family for generations and will continue to do so even when he moves on to become King and is passed on to another royal family member.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery to see Prince Charles’ Clarence House.</p>

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