International dream homes that will have you at ‘hello’
Got a spare few million? From a designer home in South Africa, a multi-level penthouse in London, and a historic 19th-century estate a little closer to home in New South Wales – these international dream listings offer something for everyone.
Constantia, South Africa – $3.85 million
In the market for a home that’s a cut above the rest? Here it is. Set on a level acre, the five-bedroom home offers both privacy and security with views across the nearby vineyard, mountains and Constantia Valley. Enjoy life to the full with clean, open lines which encompass a dining area, formal and informal lounges and custom-designed kitchen. The living spaces flow effortlessly through concertina doors onto a stunning north-facing pool deck with a solar heated 25-metre lap pool. There are also five bedroom suites, the fifth of which is a self-contained flat with separate entrance. Other highlights of the home include a sunken library/TV room with built-in book shelving, a gym, a wine cellar with tasting room, as well as a “man cave” or games room, and an integrated Bose surround-sound system. Your peace of mind is also assured with a state-of-the-art security systems. Impressed? We certainly are.
Wahroonga, NSW – Price guide: $3.25 million
Formerly owned by noted Sydney-based solicitor George Crichton-Smith and his wife Isabella, this grand 19th century estate is all about character and charm. A renowned architect at the time, George Leslie Grant crafted the property in a manner that reflected Mr Smith’s Scottish heritage by incorporating elements such as Scottish thistle into the two-storey house. About 121 years after it was built, the current owners are now selling the property after calling it home for almost a decade. A dream home in every aspect, the home features many character elements such as marble fireplaces, vaulted Wunderlich ceiling sand hardwood floors. It also has five bedrooms, two bathrooms, a study, casual living and meals areas, and a custom-built billiard room – or potential in-law living.
Covent Garden, London, England – $37.2 million
Penthouse living doesn’t get much better than this London abode. Designed over almost 465sqm, the space has been uniquely balanced to respect and reflect its surroundings on Floral St, magnifying views over rooftops and the panorama of London. The four-terrace penthouse comprises three bedrooms, including a master suite with a dressing room and an ensuite. There’s also a large open-plan living space, TV and games rooms, and a terrace which is located on the roof. The penthouse interior, meanwhile, is brought to life by Studio Ashby, with a thoughtful interpretation of the space, inspired by artwork from around the world, bespoke commissions and texture. Of course, it all comes with a price tag to match.