Seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of metropolis life, a lot of Australia’s most well-known faces are fleeing to a secret hideaway simply 100km southwest of Sydney.
With its contemporary air, expansive properties and relaxed life-style, the Southern Highlands is giving Byron Bay a run for its cash within the movie star property stakes.
Whereas Byron Bay has claimed the Hemsworth clan and American actor Zac Efron, Nicole Kidman and Keith City, Samantha Armytage, Larry Emdur, Sam Burgess, Michelle Bridges and Kyle Sandilands are amongst people who name the Southern Highlands dwelling.
With views of rolling inexperienced hills as an alternative of crashing waves, the Southern Highlands is more and more providing extra bang for buck than Byron Bay. Realestate.com.au experiences the foremost city centre of Bowral, Mittagong and Moss Vale all have median home costs considerably lower than Byron Bay’s $1.87m, which was up 36.3 per cent up to now 12 months.
Moss Vales was the most cost effective at $740,000, adopted by Mittagong ($797,500) and Bowral at $1.125m.
Australian actor Nicole Kidman and nation music star Keith City personal one of many areas most interesting Georgian houses. Named Bunya Hill, the Sutton Forest property sits on 45ha and was bought for $6.5m in 2008.
The mansion has broad sandstone verandas, pressed-metal ceilings, a carved cedar staircase and 10 marble fireplaces. Such is the grandeur of the house, it was leased as a vice-regal rural retreat for Lord Augustus Loftus, a governor of NSW within the Eighteen Eighties.
A black angus cattle stud, the property additionally has lush manicured gardens, a indifferent cottage, dam, paddocks and a tennis court docket surrounded by a hedge. It has change into their international base for the reason that pandemic began final 12 months.
Radio persona Kyle Sandilands is one other movie star to flee to the Southern Highlands with data exhibiting he owns a 61ha farm known as Twin Creeks. The Eighteen Nineties Federation farm home was bought for $2.982m, and possession is shared between the KIIS FM star and his ex-girlfriend Imogen Anthony.
The itemizing advert on the time described the house as an ideal spot for a “farmstay”, a marriage venue and/or a Mattress and Breakfast.
Former 2GB Breakfast presenter and Sky Information host Alan Jones also lives in the Southern Highlands, with property data exhibiting he owns a 27ha property he bought in 2003 for $2.6m.
On the tv entrance, Dawn co-host Sam Armytage made a everlasting shift from North Bondi to a 40ha Bowral property owned by her fiance Richard Lavender.
The transfer follows Armytage selling her own 2.02ha Burrawang property last year for $3.1m after paying $2.2m three years in the past.
The off-market deal for the cottage with wraparound verandas and excessive ceilings noticed her promote the final remaining property she owned.
Her Channel 7 colleague Larry Emdur additionally made a play within the Southern Highlands final 12 months with the acquisition of an epic Kangaroo Valley dwelling made from shipping containers. Designed by the previous proprietor and architect Alexander Michael in 2018, the couple are paid $2.15m.
The off-the-grid property options solar energy with battery banks, rainwater harvesting and two floor-to-ceiling fireplaces. There are additionally 4 bedrooms pods with their very own ensuites.
The Emdurs have lately launched the weekender as a eco rental property for the vacation crowds.
After promoting her Potts Level penthouse final 12 months, health guru Michelle Bridges has made the everlasting transfer to the Southern Highlands. She had bought a surprising nation retreat in January 2018 for $2.7m.
On the time of the sale, media reported that she outbid chef Luke Mangan for the property. The house has 5 bedrooms, a visitor barn, artist studio, tennis court docket and a swimming pool on the secluded 3.7ha block.
Former Rabbitohs participant Sam Burgess is one other excessive profile identify splitting their time between Sydney and the Southern Highlands. The Daily Telegraph reported in December he’s spending three nights every week at a Bowral dwelling the place his ex is Phoebe Burgess and their youngsters reside.