Luxury homes in capital cities routinely command stratospheric prices, but the Far North has its share of dream homes attracting plenty of interest.
Whether it’s a sprawling beachfront residence oozing Hollywood glamour, a private retreat amid woodland on the Cassowary Coast or an imposing new home with stellar views, there are eye-catching homes for an elite echelon of buyers.
While for most of us, it’s a case of Darryl Kerrigan from iconic movie The Castle scoffing ‘tell ‘em they’re dreaming’ as we drool over pictures of vast swimming pools and idyllic bathtubs, for southern buyers, the hefty price tags aren’t so daunting.
Property tycoon Alex Sekler has just relisted his landmark mansion with a swimming pool on the first floor as well as a resort-style pool facing the ocean – it was briefly listed with Sotheby’s before it underwent a makeover from a buttery yellow to crisp white.
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The palatial eight-bedroom home on a giant block at 46-48 Kewarra St, Kewarra Beach, has a huge gym, a movie theatre, wine cellar, and a separate guest wing.
Kewarra Beach’s longstanding record price was set in 2006 with a nearby $5.5m sale by Christian Ainsworth, son of Aristocrat poker machine mogul Len Ainsworth.
Two glittering properties set to wow the most discerning celebrity chasing a secluded beach getaway with sensational views are Mr Sekler’s adjoining ultra-luxurious beach houses at 1-3 Peacock St, Trinity Beach.
Designed by award-winning architect Carlos Amelia with spectacular interior design finishes, they have automation including night lights, a sound system, window blinds, a security alarm and cameras, and intercom to the beach – plenty of opulence, as long as you don’t mind having a close neighbour.
A Bluewater Harbour property that sold for $2.95m almost 12 months ago to Michael and Lisa Lankester is back on the market with an ambitious asking price of $3.99m.
The Ash Mosely home is a multiple award winner and has a 17m private pontoon.
A striking three level home at 12 Onyx St, Clifton Beach in a boutique development just 300m from the beach that has just gone under contract with agent Renae Slatyer – she and husband Nicholas form a formidable duo specialising in up-market homes at Belle Property.
If you fancy your own hotel, the sprawling mansion at 16-18 Stream Ave, Kewarra Beach, has 10 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, a pool, tennis court and cinema.
It is owned by Sydney-based property developer Emily Mizikovski, managing director of Fleetmac Properties, and has been used as a holiday rental – at $2500 per night.
It is $5.5m.
While the northern beaches is a magnet for southern buyers – particularly during bleak winters – there are ultra-prestige properties throughout the region.
A home with Tuscan touches at 18-20 Tranquil Place, Smithfield, has commanding views and a price guide of $1.9m.
A beautiful Moroccan-style home with a mountains backdrop and top views can be found at 34-36 Lake Morris Rd, Kanimbla, set on 3.08ha.
The massive residence has a huge suspended concrete under cover rooftop entertainment area.
A bespoke home design is on offer at an exclusive land release called The Summit at Summerhill Drive, Mooroobool, with offers over $1.99m sought for Lot 998.
Renders of the stunning three storey Neocon-designed home feature a rooftop garden and the fixed price package includes an in-house interior designer and colour specialist.
A retreat with complete privacy is on offer at a four-bedroom property on a 44.7ha block north of Innisfail.
A feature of the architect-designed pavilion style home is gleaming polished floors.