From a grand marble staircase to an outdoor pavilion, high-end Australian homes have over the top features most of us will only ever read about.
Here’s a look at the best design features that money can buy as seen in high-end properties put on the market in 2017.
Infinity pool with an incredible view
Chances are you wouldn’t want to look down. Picture: realestate.com.au/buy
It’s not often an infinity pool offers views that are this impressive, but then again this North Sydney penthouse is hardly ordinary.
Sitting high above the Harbour City on the 20th floor, this 168sqm penthouse is a three-bedroom home with glass walls, high ceilings, oak floors and a large deck.
The property sold in June for $3.38 million.
The marble staircase & epic topiary garden
Taking design inspiration from the modern-day castles built in the US, this palatial Queensland home has more than one incredible feature.
One of the home’s 17 chandeliers hangs above the marble staircase. Picture: realestate.com.au/buy
Grand marble staircase? Large topiary garden? Fountain at the front door? Check.
Built in 1998, this estate has everything from Venetian mirrors to 17 chandeliers.
The topiary garden is framed by the fountain at the top of the driveway. Picture: realestate.com.au/buy
Oh, and did we mention the seven bedrooms, three bathrooms, two balconies, grand piano and custom walk-in-robe?
Why live in one house when you can get two properties connected by a middle section?
This luxurious single- level home in Knockrow features an entertaining and living wing, plus another area with the main bedrooms and bathrooms – with each wing separated by a set of stairs in a central pavilion.
This Knockrow dream home is really two houses connected by a pavilion. Picture: realestate.com.au/buy
This Hinterland home also has a pool with an outside kitchen that looks out to the stunning surrounding scenery.
The personalised mural
This stunning water tower in South Australia, which was converted into a weekender back in the 1970s, has plenty of heritage charm.
Previous owners and Czech migrants Manfred and Beverly Stibr also tell their life story visually through a large mural which decorates the inside of the top floor of this stunning converted home.
Ben Ali’s grandparents had this mural painted inside the Semaphore water tower to tell their life story. Picture:AAP Image/MATT LOXTON
Manfred painted the mural himself in retirement, his grandson Ben Ali says.
This stunning home sold for $1.2 million in November.
The hidden ensuite & floating timber staircase
This renovated worker’s cottage in Carlton has an internal courtyard and plenty of open-plan living.
The striking timber floating staircase. Picture: realestate.com.au/buy
The details to note in this three-bedroom terrace are the eye-catching floating timber staircase and the hidden bathroom.
There’s a bathroom behind the wardrobe doors. Picture: realestate.com.au/buy
That’s right this ensuite bathroom is accessed via timber doors which look like cupboard or wardrobe doors.
This secret ensuite is accessed via the timber doors which on the other side, look like a cupboard. Picture: realestate.com.au/buy
The house also has two courtyards, hardwood floors, double-glazed windows and a study nook.
It sold for $1.8 million in February.
Why share when you can buy a incredible home with two large separate walk-in-wardrobes?
This house in Earlwood has large open plan living areas, a designer kitchen, backyard pool, plus a water feature on the deck.
The nail polish cupboard is built into one of the walk-in-wardrobes. Picture: realestate.com.au
Both walk-in-wardrobes have plenty of storage space for shoes and handbags plus room to store other items.
One even has a built-in small cupboard to store nail polish.
This home sold for $2.36 million in March.
An outdoor pavilion & wet-edge infinity pool
This Rose Bay gem is positioned to offer spectacular views of the Harbour City, it also has five bedrooms, guest quarters, gym, a home cinema, and an eight-car garage.
The outdoor pavilion sits next to the infinity pool. Picture: realestate.com.au/buy
Then there’s the outdoor pavilion that sits next to the pool.
Why have a deck when you can build another small building for lounging around in between swims?
And that’s no ordinary infinity pool, this wet-edge swimming hole waters the stones around the entrance so that bathers don’t scorch their feet on the hot tiles on a summer’s day.
This home remains on the market for expressions of interest.
Real life tree house
Split over four levels, this is the closest most of us will get to an adult tree house.
The Buderim home has been built using suspended concrete slabs set on stilts and it features two balconies and a pool.
The view from the tree house in Buderim. Picture: realestate.com.au/buy
Led light feature door
This Adelaide bluestone mansion was built in 1900 and it features a pool, a built-in bar in the large living area, a balcony and plenty of heritage charm.
The home was built by sea captain James Henry Gibbon who is said to have buried his treasure on site and the beach is just a five-minute walk away.
The current owner added this splendid feature door. Picture: realestate.com.au/buy
Then there’s this unique door added by the current owner, which adds a bit character to the home which also retains its original ornate ceilings and marble fireplaces.
This house remains on the market.
POSTED: December 31, 2017
AUTHOR: Danielle Cahill
@Luxury Estates – experts on visionary marketing of Australia’s most luxurious real estate for sale