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“Almost magical”: Oprah quietly sells luxe estate for nearly $19 million

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Oprah Winfrey has quietly sold one of her investment properties for a cool $US 14 million ($AUD 18.9 million).</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The sale of the former talk show star’s waterfront estate on Washington’s remote Orcas Island was recorded on Tuesday and conducted off market, according to vice president of Coldwell Banker Bain’s global luxury division Jen Cameron, who represented the buyer.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“There was a rumour that the property might be for sale or the seller might consider selling it,” Ms Cameron said. “And so, with the interested party, we approached the representative to see if that was true - and that’s pretty much how it went.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Winfrey bought the 43-acre estate known as Madroneagle in 2018, paying $US 8.3 million ($AUD 11.2 million).</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The property includes a 950 square metre mansion which Winfrey has remodelled, as well as several other houses, a greenhouse, a 800-metre beach, a shop, and a mother-in-law apartment.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Windermere broker Wally Gudgell represented Winfrey in the sale, and dealt with her property manager and fitness guru Bob Greene both for the original purchase and the latest deal.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“They just figured she’s too busy and never going to really use it, and that’s why they were willing to sell it,” Mr Gudgell said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The home also features a slew of luxury amenities, including a wet bar, wine cellar, decorative wood-fire pizza oven, and heated floors.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“There are very few properties as magnificent as this,” Ms Cameron said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I know what went into it - the thoughtfulness, the detail, the architecture, the quality. The home is so special in itself, but the whole property is magnificent.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“There’s a reverence in it - a place where you go to restore yourself and rejuvenate. It’s incredibly magical.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I was really excited that somebody would have interest in really opening this property and making memories there.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The buyer of the home is listed in property records as Lophodytes LLC, but Ms Cameron declined to comment on their identity.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Images: A.J. Canaria and John Duffy / Puget Sound Business Journal</span></em></p>

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For sale already?! Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones list NYC home

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones have listed their luxurious New York City home for $29.4 million (US$ 21.5m) just two years after adding it to their property portfolio.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With four bedrooms and six bathrooms, the apartment takes up the entire front of a historic Central Park West building and boasts stunning views of Central Park.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The residence has been described as a “quintessential New York City apartment” by </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.sothebysrealty.com/eng/sales/detail/180-l-1182-mvmrmk/151-central-park-wes-9cn-manhattan-new-york-ny-10023" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">the realtors</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, with period details, high ceilings, and grand rooms.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Highlights of the home include a sunlight-drenched living room, a wood-panelled library with one of two wood-burning fireplaces, and a main dining room with the second fireplace and an eat-in chef’s kitchen.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Amenities include a large guest bathroom, a wet bar with wine storage, and a main suite consisting of a large bedroom, a sitting area, an ensuite with a marble bath, and two dressing rooms.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If cleaning the home seems a daunting task, the home also includes its own staff quarters with a full bath and laundry.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The unit is located in the Kenilworth, a ‘white glove’, full-service building with an attended elevator and a resident manager.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, the residence does come with a hefty HOA fee (like a maintenance fee) of more than $21,000 a month.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The couple moved into the 1,115 sqm manor house in 2019, shortly after selling another New York mansion for almost $20.5 million.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Images: Catherine Zeta-Jones / Instagram, Sotheby’s International Realty</span></em></p>

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Inside Andrew O’Keefe’s North Bondi home going under the hammer

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The home of former Channel 7 game show host Andrew O’Keefe and his ex-wife, Eleanor, has been put on the market with a $4.5 million price guide.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The two-level, four-bedroom, two-bathroom North Bondi residence was designed by award-winning architect Sam Marshall and will be going under the hammer at a yet-to-be-determined date.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Within walking distance of the beach, the home fuses a beach house with a country homestead across multiple living areas extending to the front and back gardens.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The four bedrooms are large and parents can enjoy a second level retreat, accessed by a suspended staircase.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With high ceilings, plywood finishes, and a solar hydronic heating system, the home has been designed to maximise exposure to sunlight.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The landscaped gardens are maintained by water tanks and a self-watering system.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ric Serrao, the principal real estate agent of Raine and Horne Double Bay/Bondi, and his colleague Mark Yeats anticipate the house will be popular.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s one of the most private eco-friendly properties I’ve seen in the local area for some time,” Serrao said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The garden is fantastic and full of sun and charm.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Best known for hosting </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Deal or No Deal </span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">and </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Chase Australia</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, O’Keefe bought the property with his former wife as a single-level home on a 468 sqm block for $1.89 million in 2007.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">They later commissioned the renovation by Sam Crawford.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The couple separated in 2017, and later divorced in 2019.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Images: Raine &amp; Horne </span></em></p>

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Half burnt home on sale for insane price

<p dir="ltr">A home in Melbourne’s inner north destroyed by flames has hit the market for a staggering price.</p> <p dir="ltr">The once-quaint property resting in the suburb of Thornbury has become dilapidated, with a sagging roof, holes in the floor and soot-covered walls.</p> <p dir="ltr">However, the house is not being advertised as a knock-down, and has instead been listed for upwards of $1.15 million.</p> <p dir="ltr">Described as a “creative and sustainable development”, the property is being sold as a stand-alone building.</p> <p dir="ltr">The owner, Guiseppe Pepe told 7News there is not much he can do with the home in its current state, after a fire started by a candle sent the home into ruin.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It’s very unique, we don’t come across properties like this all that often,” real estate agent Mark Butera said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“There appears to be quite a bit of soot, but otherwise walking through the property, it is still fairly sturdy.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The California bungalow sits on a block of just 400 square metres - the perfect size for a family wanting to make a home.</p> <p dir="ltr">The house is a sign of just how mighty the property market in Melbourne is, as there may be a shortage of homes but there is no shortage of buyers.</p> <p dir="ltr">With the home set to go to auction on July 31, Butera says Melbourne is “in the hottest market” the city has seen in a long time.</p> <p> </p>

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Brothers destroy home in family dispute

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A legal battle between two brothers and their sister over their inheritance has stepped up a notch after the brothers hired a bulldozer to demolish the family home.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Malcolm and Garry Taylor travelled from Queensland to Murtoa, in regional Victoria, claiming they were doing “renovations” on the property.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In reality, they were doing what they could to ensure their sister Kerrie “didn’t get a cent” when the house was sold.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The siblings have been in a legal standoff over their late parents’ estate for several years, culminating in the destruction of the home the day before it went to auction in 2019, which was filmed by the brothers.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The footage showed the brothers taking turns demolishing the house with a rented excavator.</span></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" width="698" height="573" scrolling="no" id="molvideoplayer" title="MailOnline Embed Player" src="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/embed/video/2454133.html"></iframe></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After their mother Lois died in December 2013, Kerrie was made executor of her estate.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The brothers challenged this decision and claimed Kerrie had killed their mother.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The stoush started when Malcolm and Garry found out their children would receive $10,000 in trust payments as part of the estate.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Victoria County Court has heard the brothers would “rather pull [the house] down piece by piece” than share the money resulting from its sale with their sister.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to court documents, Malcolm called the real estate agent involved in the sale in November 2018, claiming Kerrie “killed his mother” and that he would “continue to take items from the house until there was nothing left”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Court documents also said the destruction caused tens of thousands of dollars in damages and the cancellation of the auction.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Damage included the graffiti of “Lois was murdered here” and the outline of a body in her bedroom by Malcolm, according to court documents. Malcolm denied any knowledge of the graffiti in court.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The pair will be sentenced on Friday after earlier pleading guilty to criminal damage, with a judge lamenting how family disputes bring out the worst in people.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It is expected they will be fined rather than jailed.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: The Daily Mail</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">/ Supplied</span></em></p>

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Angelina Jolie’s secret Sydney home hits the market for $11 million

<p>A stunning Sydney home used by Angelina Jolie while she filmed <em>Unbroken</em> has hit the market.</p> <p>The Hollywood actress secretly used the home as a private wharf to secretly travel to Cockatoo Island, and now it is up for $11 million.</p> <p>The bright and airy house at 37 Duke Street, Balmain East was used by Jolie specifically for its private jetty, as she would board the boat that would then ferry her to Cockatoo Island undetected to direct her Academy Award-nominated film.</p> <p>Marcus Lloyd-Jones from Modern House said that the privacy of the home was what entranced Jolie, and now other buyers too.</p> <p>The property sits at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac that is used by only two other residences.</p> <p>Modern House’s Marcus Lloyd-Jones said this privacy was a major drawcard for Jolie and for interested buyers too.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842167/angelina-jolie.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/7f56a0f52284421fb86fdb62347bdfaf" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Angelina Jolie during Unbroken. Image: Supplied</em></p> <p>“She was driven in [to the five-car garage], she would walk along the jetty, jump on whatever boat it was and go to Cockatoo Island to direct the movie and back the same way,” Mr Lloyd-Jones said.</p> <p>“It was incredibly private.”</p> <p>While Jolie used the home strictly as a thoroughfare, the home has many wonderful features including three incredible levels with harbour views.</p> <p>The Nordon Jago Architects-designed house sits on a 790-square-metre waterfront block with its own private beach, leased jetty and mooring for a 50-foot boat and boat storage.</p> <p>“Everything about this house is on a grand scale from the five-car garage to the 21.5-metre lap pool,” Mr Lloyd-Jones said.</p> <p>“I’d like somebody to show me a larger lap pool in Balmain and the list keeps going.</p> <p>“If somebody has a car collection or a large boat it’s truly the best of Sydney. That’s what’s on offer.”</p>

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Peek inside Buckingham Palace’s $659 million makeover

<p>The Queen’s London pad, Buckingham Palace has undergone a £369 million (AUD $676 million) face lift.</p> <p>Her Majesty’s royal accounts have been published, revealing £31.6 million (AUD $57.8 million) had been spent on the renovation in the past 12 months, which is up from £16.4 million (AUD $30 million) the year before.</p> <p>However, some believe the hefty spend is justified, as Buckingham Palace is seen as more than a home; it’s considered the British monarchy’s HQ.</p> <p>The palace has housed UK sovereigns since 1837, and has 775 rooms, including 19 state rooms, 52 royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms.</p> <p>While the palace is used mainly as the monarch's main office and function space, it is primarily used as one of the biggest tourist attractions in London.</p> <p>Typically, the royal residence sees more than 50,000 visitors a year as invited guests for various state banquets, lunches, receptions and garden parties.</p> <p>Visitors haven't been able to visit any royal residences for more than a year, leaving a £9.4 million (AUD $17 million) hole in the palace finances.</p> <p>A major change coming to the place is the Grand Entrance where visitors are usually greeted when they drive in through the front gates. From there, guests are guided up the Grand Staircase to the State Apartments. This is a 10-year program of major works for the aging historic home.</p> <p>While it is not known all the changes that have come for the palace, the Queen's treasurer, Sir Michael Stevens, has justified the increased spending, saying: "Obviously as we look ahead to 2022 we have the Platinum Jubilee celebrations to look forward to and all our works plans for Buckingham Palace are designed to ensure the Palace can play a significant part in those celebrations, such as garden parties and of course the balcony appearance at Trooping the Colour."</p>

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Elon Musk selling final Earth home so he can "focus on Mars"

<p>Tesla CEO Elon Musk has listed the last home he owns of his $100 million real estate portfolio, in a quest to “own no house” and focus solely on his mission to Mars.</p> <p>It’s been no easy feat letting go of his beloved properties, however this San Francisco mansion has been a little harder to let go of for Musk.</p> <p>Deemed his “special place,” the nine-bedder has proven to be a difficult property to shift.</p> <p>After initially listing the home last year, it failed to receive any substantial offers so the 49-year-old took it off the market.</p> <p>However, this week Musk announced he would be selling the 47-acre lot for an eye-watering $48.6 million (US$37.5 million).</p> <p>“Decided to sell my last remaining house. Just needs to go to a large family who will live there. It’s a special place,” the Tesla and SpaceX CEO wrote.</p> <p>Musk, who has an estimated net worth of $185 billion, initially purchased the home in 2017 for US$23.4 million.</p> <p>The incredible Hillsborough retreat is over 100-years-old and has every feature possible including Bay views, a pool, hiking trails and mesmerising canyons.</p> <p>Not only that, but the incredible mansion even features a ballroom, banquet dining room and a well-preserved but completely updated professional kitchen.</p> <p>Musk vowed to get rid of his homes and belongings in order to devote his life “to Mars and Earth.”</p> <p>“Don’t need the cash,” the eccentric billionaire tweeted in May 2020.</p> <p>“Possession just weighs you down.”</p>

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Inside Dannii Minogue's newest home

<p><span>Dannii Minogue has just bought a brand new home in Hawthorn East.</span><br /><br /><span>The pop star is settling into the same suburb she sold her house in two years ago.</span><br /><br /><span>It appears she hasn’t wasted any time moving in, after paparazzi photographed Minogue and her boyfriend Adrian Newman carrying household goods and appliances into the new home this week.</span><br /><br /><span>The property online said it had an asking price of $3.2m but the official sale price continues to remain undisclosed.</span><br /><br /><span>The “low-maintenance” home offers luxury living with high-end features including a life and a state of the art kitchen.</span><br /><br /><span>Along with new and innovative features, the stunning property also has a north-facing alfresco terrace with a barbecue kitchen, a basement cellar and gym.</span><br /><br /><span>Not only is luxury a main factor of the beautiful place, three of the four bedrooms also have ensuites.</span><br /><br /><span>Minogue sold her previous Hawthorn East home, on Tooronga Rd, for $2.56m in June 2019.</span><br /><br /><span>The property was kept in her possession for almost a decade alongside her then-partner Kris Smith.</span><br /><br /><span>The agent who sold that property, Jellis Craig Hawthorn’s Peter Batrouney, said that Minogue had been a “community-minded person involved in the area”.</span><br /><br /><span>“She’s brought up her son here, walked her son to school, enjoyed friendships with neighbours and she’s not a recluse in any way,” Mr Batrouney said.</span><br /><br /><span>Minogue and music producer Newman have dated since 2014.</span></p>

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Sneak peek inside Karl Stefanovic’s new suburban oasis

<p><span>Eyes are buzzing on the home recently secured by Karl Stefanovic and his shoe-designer wife, Jasmine.</span><br /><br /><span>The three-bedroom family home set in the close-knit suburb of Castlecrag is where Stefanovic has decided to permanently place his family – and for the long haul, it seems.</span><br /><br /><span>The pair along with their tiny tot have experience with living in the suburb, as they rented a home there.</span><br /><br /><span>They have since purchased a full-brick property in one of the most sought after streets in Castlecrag.</span><br /><br /><span>Based on photos released of the property, it would come as little surprise if the family were planning renovations on the comfy space.</span><br /><br /><span>While anyone who knows the sale price has remained tight-lipped, it’s clear the home would have gone for a high sum.</span><br /><br /><span>With a self-contained studio that has its own bathroom and separate entry – it would come as no shock that the family shelled out for the special feature.</span><br /><br /><span>Castlecrag has become a real hot spot for young families over the years and the home secured by the Stefanovic family was just one of three listed at the time.</span><br /><br /><span>The couple spend much of the year in Queensland, splashing out $3.6 million on a luxury beach house in Noosa.</span><br /><br /><span>Jasmine’s family live in Brisbane and Karl happened to start his journalism career there, so it comes as little surprise that it’s where the couple choose to spend most of their time.</span></p>

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