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Royal residence! Rare look into Prince Charles’ and Duchess Camilla’s Clarence House

<p><em>Google Arts &amp; Culture</em> have teamed up with the royal family to give onlookers a virtual tour of Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla’s highly publicised, but rarely seen Clarence House in London.</p> <p>Royal life is often tightly guarded and kept between the select few. However, it has never been easier to see what it is like to live as a royal.</p> <p>The virtual tour of Prince Charles’ Clarence House only lets onlookers see into the ground floor of the house, but even that is enough to showcase just how family-oriented this royal family is.</p> <p>Littered among the walls and every sitting place is portraits of the Windsor family – from the Prince of Wales’ grandmother to his youngest son, Prince Harry.</p> <p>It is a stunning property that the Queen herself is privileged enough to say she once called home – and judging by the grandeur styling and opulent decor, it is no wonder how the royal would have fit right in.</p> <p>Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall have called the Clarence House their own since 2003 and was originally built for the Duke of Clarence who would go on to become King William IV in 1827.</p> <p>He and the Queen were not the only utmost senior royals to call the abode their own, as the Queen Mother once graced the halls of the four-story property between the years 1953 to 2002.</p> <p>For a short time, Queen Elizabeth and The Duke of Edinburgh lived in the home after they were married in 1947.</p> <p>The most mystifying feature of the entire property is the lavish, stunning gardens which is what guests will first see when they enter upon the grounds of Clarence House.</p> <p>Prince Charles designed the gardens himself in 2005 in a bid to honour his grandmother, who he shared a very close relationship with while she was alive.</p> <p>The entrance hall of the home has its own unique and unbelievable features as portraits of great royalty line the walls along with treasured relics.</p> <p>Another intimate touch royal onlookers are given a rare insight to is the family photos on display in the Morning Room, where Prince Charles is said to entertain guests from all walks of life.</p> <p>The gorgeous and unique residence who is called home by Prince Charles and his wife has remained a treasure to the royal family for generations and will continue to do so even when he moves on to become King and is passed on to another royal family member.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery to see Prince Charles’ Clarence House.</p>

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House of horrors: Dr. Phil's Beverly Hills mansion hits the market for $8.3 million

<p>If there has ever been a house to cause such a wave of disbelief in shock, it is the Beverly Hills mansion of Dr. Phil McGraw which just hit the market for AUD $8.3 million.</p> <p>The star of the Dr. Phil Show has put his house up for sale and it quickly went viral for its quirky, and quite frankly strange, features.</p> <p>From the bejewelled bear and rabbit figurines beneath a wall of guns, to a purple egg chair draping from the ceiling directly across from a massive piece of artwork that reads “f*ck” on it, this home has every eccentric momentum that you could squeeze into a five bedroom, six bathroom house.</p> <p>The images of inside the uniquely designed mansion quickly spread quickly once a Los<em> Angeles Times</em> writer tweeted a collection of interior shots of the house in question.</p> <p>The interesting décor choices and eccentric, out-of-the-box quirks got the attention of over 26,000 people who liked the post.</p> <p>Records show Dr. Phil purchased the home in 2007 however it appears the TV star has never actually lived there.</p> <p>The insane décor choices seem to be the choice of his son, Jordan, who currently calls the place home.</p> <p>He went on to clarify the wall of guns is actually “an anti-gun art installation”.</p> <p>The mansion features five bedrooms and six bathrooms, and the master suite has a private balcony. In true Californian style, there also includes also a dining gazebo, outdoor fireplace, swimming pool, and jacuzzi.</p> <p>On top of that there is a dedicated billiards room and wine cellar. </p> <p>Scroll through the gallery to see the inside of the home up close.</p>

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Bruce Willis finally sells mega-mansion for $11 million

<p>Action star Bruce Willis has finally found a buyer for his Westchester County mansion. The home sold for $US 7.66 million ($NZD $11.5 million), according to<span> </span><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/bruce-willis-sells-bedford-corners-estate-for-7-66-million-11577208804" target="_blank">The Wall Street Journal.</a></p> <p>The home has been on the market for the year but has finally managed to be sold for 41 per cent less than the original asking price.</p> <p>The film star and his wife initially listed the home for $US 12.95 million ($NZD 19.5 million) but were unable to find anyone interested at this price. The couple kept reducing the price over the year until they settled on $USD 7.6 million and reduced the acreage of the original offer.</p> <p>The country house, built in 2009, offers panoramic views of the Croton Reservoir and beyond. It’s located just a 40-minute drive from midtown Manhattan and is a gated estate.</p> <p>The house features a 9,000 square foot main house with five bedrooms, a playroom, a media room and a spacious wine cellar.</p> <p>The estate itself also features formal landscaping, a vegetable garden, a saltwater pool, a pool house and a tennis court.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery to see the luxury residence.</p> <p>Photo credits:<span> </span><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.realtor.com/news/celebrity-real-estate/bruce-willis-finally-sells-his-new-york-country-estate-for-7-66m/" target="_blank">realtor.com</a></p>

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Why you should clean with herbs

<div class="page-header clearfix"> <div class="tg-container"> <div class="detailPageHeader"> <div class="postIntro">Homemade herbal cleaning products are mostly composed of just one main substance – the cleaning agent – which means that you're not paying for bulking additives, artificial colours or perfumes. You can choose the type and strength of the scent you want; fresh herbs or essential oils almost invariably leave a delightfully fresh, clean smell.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="tg-container categorySection detailSection"> <div id="primary" class="contentAreaLeft"> <div class="share-buttons"> <div class="addthis_inline_share_toolbox" data-url="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/home-tips/why-clean-with-herbs" data-title="Why clean with herbs? | Reader's Digest Australia" data-description="Homemade herbal cleaning products are mostly composed of just one main substance – the cleaning agent – which means that you're not paying for bulking additives, artificial colours or perfumes. You can choose the type and strength of the scent you want; fresh herbs or essential oils almost invariably leave a delightfully fresh, clean smell."> <div id="atstbx" class="at-resp-share-element at-style-responsive addthis-smartlayers addthis-animated at4-show" aria-labelledby="at-029fd6d1-4439-4dc9-8fe6-9e3c12bc7441"> <div class="Maincontent"> <p>There is also gathering evidence that links the use of chemical cleaners such as bleach with the development of asthma in both children and adults. Some chemicals can set off allergic reactions or contact dermatitis in sensitive people. And one 2010 US study discovered that women who held cleaning jobs while pregnant had a higher incidence of birth defects in their children.</p> <p>So, whether you’re already committed to a greener way of cleaning or you just want to save money and simplify your life a little, herbal cleaning makes a lot of sense.</p> <p>Try these two recipes to clean your surfaces and floors, the easy way, with the power of herbs.</p> <h4>All-purpose herb vinegar spray</h4> <p>This all-purpose, environmentally friendly, non-toxic spray is great to have on hand for wiping, cleaning and deodorising almost every surface (except marble). If you don’t have any fresh herbs, add drops of essential oil instead.</p> <p><strong>Ingredients</strong></p> <ul class="no-bullet"> <li>fresh or dried herbs (you can also use herbal tea bags)</li> <li>distilled white vinegar</li> </ul> <p><strong>Preparation</strong></p> <ol> <li>Roughly chop 1 to 2 large handfuls of fresh or dried herbs (such as lemon verbena, peppermint, rosemary, lemon balm or lavender), or place 5 to 10 tea bags in the bottom of a wide-mouthed glass jar.</li> <li>Add vinegar to fill the jar. Replace the lid, leave for a few days to infuse, then strain out the herbs. (If you are using tea bags, you can gently warm the vinegar before pouring to ensure maximum diffusion.)</li> <li>Decant into a plastic spray bottle. This spray is perfectly safe and very effective to use at full-strength, but it can also be diluted half-and-half with water for lighter jobs.</li> </ol> <h4>Eucalyptus floor wash</h4> <p>With its powerful natural antiseptic, disinfectant and cleaning properties, eucalyptus oil can be put to work in every room of the house. This simple solution can be used on both timber and lino floors. When washing a timber floor, remember not to saturate it. Your mop should be damp, not dripping wet, and the floor should be well-swept or vacuumed before mopping.</p> <p><strong>Ingredients</strong></p> <ul class="no-bullet"> <li>1 teaspoon eucalyptus oil</li> <li>2 tablespoons methylated spirits</li> <li>5 litres hot water (about half a bucket)</li> </ul> <p><strong>Preparation</strong></p> <ol> <li>Combine all the ingredients in a bucket.</li> <li>Wring out a mop in the solution and use it to damp mop the floor. Leave to dry; you don’t need to rinse.</li> </ol> <p><em>Written by Reader's Digest. </em><em>This article first appeared in </em><a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/home-tips/why-clean-with-herbs"><em>Reader’s Digest</em></a><em>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, </em><a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.co.nz/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRN93V"><em>here’s our best subscription offer.</em></a></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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They paid WHAT? 5 most expensive celeb houses of 2019

<p>Celebrities live a life of luxury, so it makes sense that these luxuries would also extend to the places they call home. Here are the 5 most expensive real estate transactions done by celebrities for 2019.</p> <p><strong>5. Tommy Hilfiger</strong></p> <p>The 68-year-old fashion designer and founder of Tommy Hilfiger finally sold his Plaza Hotel penthouse after a shocking 11 years on the market. The home is 6,050 square feet and has just four bedrooms. There is a formal dining room that features mirrored walls and the penthouse features a grand salon with 10-foot high ceilings, according to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/watch-tommy-and-dee-hilfiger-give-a-tour-of-their-stunning-plaza-hotel-apartment" target="_blank">Architectural Digest</a></em>.</p> <p>The penthouse sold for a shocking $USD 33.25 million ($NZD 49.93 million).</p> <p><strong>4. Mark Zuckerberg</strong></p> <p>The founder of Facebook kept the details of this sale very private as he purchased a home in Lake Tahoe for $USD 37 million ($NZD 56 million).</p> <p>The Brushwood Estate features a 5,322 square foot main house with six bedrooms as well as a separate guesthouse and a private dock, according to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://variety.com/2019/dirt/news/mark-zuckerberg-lake-tahoe-houses-1203209603/" target="_blank">Variety</a></em>.</p> <p>The home was built in 1964 and also features rolling lawns as well as a lakeview jacuzzi.</p> <p>The home adds to the smaller property he purchased earlier for $USD 22 million ($NZD 33.1 million) and now has a compound of up to 10 acres with 600 feet of uninterrupted lake views.</p> <p><strong>3. Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo</strong></p> <p>The power couple were ready to say goodbye to their mansion in Beverly Hills, but it wouldn’t be an easy one as their mansion is a three-story Tudor-style home.</p> <p>The sprawling 10,376 foot mansion features five bedrooms, twelve bathrooms and features crown moulding in many of the common living areas on the first floor.</p> <p>The master suite of the mansion includes a lofted ceiling, a private terrace and an en suite bathroom that has a luxurious free-standing tub, according to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/ellen-degeneres-buys-adam-levines-beverly-hills-mansion" target="_blank">Architectural Digest</a>.</em></p> <p>The home sold to another power couple Ellen DeGeneres and her wife Portia Di Rossi for $USD 45 million ($NZD 68.05 million).</p> <p><strong>2. Sting</strong></p> <p>The iconic musician bought a luxurious 5,807 square feet penthouse which has three bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms. Although it’s not as large as some of the other mansions, it appears that stars are paying for the location as it’s on Billionaire’s Row at 220 Central Park South, according to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.realestate.com.au/news/sting-drops-nearly-96-million-on-penthouse-in-recordbreaking-new-york-building/" target="_blank">realestate.com.au.</a></p> <p>With few details being made public about the actual apartment, there are little to no photos of this listing that he bought for a shocking USD $66 million (NZD$ 99.29 million)</p> <p><strong>1. Jeff Bezos</strong></p> <p>Last but not least, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos purchased a trio of Manhattan apartments for a combined whopping $USD 80 million ($NZD 120.32 million).</p> <p>The sizeable buy included a three-story five-bedroom penthouse apartment as well as the other two units he purchased which overlook Madison Square Park.</p> <p>The combined space of all three units create a massive 17,000 square foot, 12-bedroom estate.</p> <p>The penthouse alone has nearly 6,000 square feet of terraces and has four exposures facing the Madison Square Park. The penthouse also includes a private elevator, a grand ballroom and a library with a marble and glass fireplace, according to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.businessinsider.com.au/amazon-ceo-jeff-bezos-buys-manhattan-penthouse-apartment-80-million-2019-6?r=US&amp;IR=T" target="_blank">Business Insider</a></em>.</p> <p><em>Photo credits:</em></p> <p><em>Tommy Hilfiger’s penthouse:<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/17/photos-tommy-hilfigers-nyc-penthouse-sold-for-millions.html" target="_blank">CNBC</a><span> </span>&amp; Sothesby’s International Realty | Travis Mark</em></p> <p><em>Mark Zuckerberg’s Lake Tahoe mansion:<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://variety.com/2019/dirt/news/mark-zuckerberg-lake-tahoe-houses-1203209603/" target="_blank">Variety</a><span> </span>&amp; Oliver Luxury Real Estate</em></p> <p><em>Adam Levine’s Tudor-style mansion:<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/ellen-degeneres-buys-adam-levines-beverly-hills-mansion" target="_blank">Architectural Digest</a><span> </span>&amp; Simon Berlyn / Berlyn Photography 2019</em></p> <p><em>Jeff Bezos’ trio of Manhattan apartments:<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://visualhouse.co/work/212-fifth-avenue/" target="_blank">Visual House</a>­  <span> </span><span> </span></em></p>

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Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky offer rare glimpse inside $20 million Byron Bay mansion

<p>Hemsworth and his family just moved into their $20 million mansion in Byron Bay.</p> <p>On Wednesday, the Australian actor’s wife, Elsa Pataky, shared a rare look into the lives of the Hemsworths’.</p> <p>The Spanish actress, 43, posted a rare video to her Instagram page of herself helping her three children decorate their gigantic Christmas tree.</p> <p>The couple’s daughter, seven-year-old India Rose, and five-year-old twins Tristan and Sasha – were all seen wearing adorable patching plaid pyjamas.</p> <p>In the clip, one of Elsa’s children offered a candy cane decoration to their mother, which she then placed high on the tree.</p> <p>The Hemsworths' tree was adorned with red poinsettia flowers and gold and red baubles, and also featured a gold star on top.</p> <p>In November, Elsa made a guest appearance on<span> </span>The Kyle and Jackie O Show<span> </span>to address complaints made by neighbours that her famous actor husband’s home “looks like a shopping centre.”</p> <p>“Seriously, it's not that big!” she said live on air.</p> <p>Elsa also added people believed the 4.2-hectare estate appeared bigger on aerial photographs due to the angle it was taken.</p> <p>Elsa married Chris, who reached international fame for playing<span> </span>Thor<span> </span>in the Marvel Universe films, in 2010.</p> <p>The couple had been dating for less than a year at the time.</p> <p>36-year-old Chris purchased their Byron Bay property for $7million in 2014.</p> <p>They began extensive renovations in 2017 and the property is now believed to be worth in excess of $20 million.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery to see the Hemsworth family. </p>

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10 absolutely brilliant uses for old socks

<p>Here are ten absolutely brilliant uses for old socks.</p> <p><strong>1. Prevent floor scratches</strong></p> <p>When moving furniture at home, put socks on the feet of your chair or table legs to prevent scratching the floors.</p> <p><strong>2. Dust high places</strong></p> <p>To dust extra-tall (e.g., on ceilings) or extra-narrow (under appliances or radiators) spots, fasten a sock to the end of a yardstick or a broom, dampen, and clean (chenille socks are especially good at picking up dust).</p> <p><strong>3. Clean houseplants</strong></p> <p>Put your hand in a sock, dampen it, and use it as a mitt to clean houseplants of dust and other debris.</p> <p><strong>4. Soften laundry</strong></p> <p>To soften laundry without using fabric softener or dryer balls, take a couple of socks, put a tennis ball inside each, knot them, and throw into the dryer before running your next load of laundry.</p> <p><strong>5. Sleep mask</strong></p> <p>Fashion a sleep mask with an old sock, some flat backing fabric, and an elastic band.</p> <p><strong>6. Sticky jar cover</strong></p> <p>Keep your cupboard and refrigerator clean by deploying single socks to cover the bottoms of bottles or jars containing messy, sticky, drippy stuff like syrup, honey, molasses, and barbecue sauce.</p> <p><strong>7. Pan handle cover</strong></p> <p>Stash socks in the kitchen where they’re surprisingly useful. For starters, when cooking on the stove, slip one over the handle of your saucepan or frying pan; this will not only shield your hand from the heat but also prevent the handle from getting sticky.</p> <p><strong>8. Wrist rest</strong></p> <p>For an ergonomic wrist rest for your computer, take a sock, stuff it with filling, and sew it closed. Whether it resembles a ferret, cat, another mammal, or no animal at all is up to you and your preferences and skill.</p> <p><strong>9. Get rid of cramps</strong></p> <p>Combat aches and cramps with a DIY heating pad. Just fill a clean, dry sock (use one that’s all or mostly cotton or wool, with no embellishments) with white or brown rice (not the instant or quick-cooking kind), dried beans, flaxseed or barley. Either knot the sock or sew it shut with cotton thread, and microwave it for one minute. If it’s not hot enough, up the time in 15-second increments.</p> <p><strong>10. Stop the fog</strong></p> <p>Fill socks with silica kitty litter (which is extremely absorbent), and keep them on rear and/or front window ledge to stop windshields from fogging up.</p> <p><em>Source: <a href="https://www.rd.com/home/cleaning-organizing/uses-for-old-socks/">RD.com</a></em></p> <p><em>Written by Daryl Chen. This article first appeared in </em><a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/food-home-garden/home-tips/65-absolutely-brilliant-uses-for-old-socks"><em>Reader’s Digest</em></a><em>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, </em><a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.co.nz/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRN93V"><em>here’s our best subscription offer.</em></a></p>

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Here is what you need to know about Airbnb

<p>What is Airbnb? Airbnb is a vacation rental website that launched back in 2008. On Airbnb you will be able to book unique accommodations (like the giraffe manor, or this treehouse **need links**), entire homes, apartments, single rooms in a larger unit, and shared-room accommodation. Recently, Airbnb has begun to offer travellers “experiences” when they stay in major cities like San Francisco. These experiences are intended to give the traveler the local experience.</p> <p>Many travelers use Airbnb because it makes them feel like they are getting the local’s experience, as opposed to staying in a hotel. Also, travelers who prefer hotels might looks to Airbnb when traveling to a city where they have been unable to book a hotel room due to lack of availabilty.</p> <p>Like with <a href="https://www.mydiscoveries.com.au/stories/what-is-uber">Uber, </a>before you get started, check if any of your friends or family members have an account on <a href="https://www.airbnb.com/">Airbnb.com</a>. Existing users can give their unique promotion code to people new to Airbnb, and both parties will receive some credit toward their next booking on Airbnb.</p> <p>Once you have set-up an account, fill in your profile. Next, search the city or town you wish to stay in, select a date range for your stay, and narrow down the options by selecting the necessities you are looking for (e.g. wifi, laundry in-unit, pets ok).</p> <p>Scroll through each of the options that match your search qualifications and click on specific places that look like they would be a good fit for your trip. Also, look at the “host” rating to make sure that the owner of the place is trustworthy and that their place is as-advertised + hasn’t received any negative feedback.</p> <p>Message the owner of the place you wish to book with any questions, and your booking request.</p> <p>When the host accepts your booking request, you will be on your way to staying in a new city like a local!</p> <p>The host will provide you with a set of instructions and house rules before you show-up at the door. These will include instructions about how to find the hidden key or what time they will meet you at the place to hand over a key in person. The house rules sheet will include information about things like how to use the BBQ and instructions to unplug all lights and lock-up before leaving. Ensure that you follow these instructions, since when you move out, the host will leave a review for you that will be visible on your account.</p> <p>You will also have the opportunity to leave a review about the place and the host. This is a good time to address any things your particularly enjoyed about the place or the host. If there was a problem you were unable to mitigate with the host or accommodation while you were staying there, leaving a review to let other guests know about the issue can help others ahead of time.</p> <p><em>Written by Luray Joy. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.mydiscoveries.com.au/stories/airbnb-explained/">MyDiscoveries.</a> </em></p>

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How to give yourself a DIY pedicure at home

<p>Save both time and money by learning how to do your own pedicure at home. Taking extra special care of your feet will mean you can walk comfortably and with an extra spring in your step.</p> <p><strong>Feet first</strong><br />Our feet have been working hard for us for many years now and require regular servicing to keep them in good working order. Attend to your feet every two or three weeks.</p> <p>1. Use a corn plane on calluses and corns. Take care with the first few sweeps when the blade is new and very sharp. Feet must be dry and skin ‘crispy’. Use a new blade every time you perform this procedure.</p> <p>2. Corn and callus plasters are useful if the corn plane is difficult to use. Follow the instructions and repeat the process for stubborn corns and calluses.</p> <p>3. If your feet are aching or sore or tired, soak in hot water and a foot soak lotion for twenty or thirty minutes.</p> <p>4. Always take care each day to wash and dry thoroughly between your toes to prevent inflammation.</p> <p>5. Try arch supports or custom-made orthotics if you have flat feet.</p> <p>6. Visit the podiatrist if you have difficulty managing your feet yourself.</p> <p>7. The foot milk solution (available from pharmacies), which causes dry skin and callus to peel off, is effective and worth using.</p> <p><strong>Top tip:</strong> Try to arrange for your pharmacy to order 20 or 30 packets of corn plane blades for you to stockpile as they are not always easy to find.</p> <p><strong>Step-by-step home pedicure</strong></p> <p>1. Soak your feet in warm soapy water for about twenty minutes, topping up with extra hot water from a nearby jug. Bliss!</p> <p>2. Adjust a chair under your strong lamp to shine on your toes whilst performing the pedicure.</p> <p>3. Dry your feet quickly and whilst the nails are softened, trim and cut away any dry and dead skin, especially around the little toes. Expose all the little toenail. You may need a bandaid on your little toes for 24 hours or so.</p> <p>4. File down any thick toenails with a nail file, or take off a layer of thick toenail with your callus cutter. Be careful.</p> <p>5. Take off sharp, pointed edges of nails with scissors and pull off thick side cuticles with tweezers.</p> <p>6. Clean all around your nails with an orange stick.</p> <p>7. Apply a base coat of clear nail polish, then two coats of colour, counting to 60 between coats. Freeze-dry with baby oil. If you go over the edge onto your skin don’t worry, it will wear off quickly.</p> <p><strong>Top tip:</strong> Time your pedicure for evening so that you don’t have to put on shoes before the nail polish has cured. It is not necessary to paint your toenails during winter, but do have a pedicure either at home or in a salon every two or three weeks to keep your feet and nails in good shape.</p> <p><em>Written by Margaret Woodberry. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/lifestyle/wyza-life/how-to-give-yourself-a-pedicure-at-home.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p>

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Mary Poppins author P.L Travers’ London home for sale

<p>“Mary Poppins” author P.L. Travers lived in a charming four-bedroom house in London from 1962 until her passing in 1996.</p> <p>It’s since undergone renovations and is on the market for around USD $6.2 million (NZD $9.6 million).</p> <p>According to a press release issued to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.today.com/home/mary-poppins-author-p-l-travers-london-home-sale-t168303" target="_blank">TODAY Home</a></em>, Travers purchased the home following the release of <em>Mary Poppins from A to Z</em> and continued to write additional books while living in the home.</p> <p>The home was also featured in the 2013 movie <em>Saving Mr. Banks</em> which starred Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson. The film focused on Walt Disney’s quest to obtain the rights to “Mary Poppins”.</p> <p>The home features a cinema room, wine cellar and garden as well as being spread out on four storeys.</p> <p>There are four bathrooms, three reception rooms and a roof terrace.</p> <p>There is a large sunny reception area when you first enter the home as well as a living area and an elegant kitchen and dining space.</p> <p>“It’s a real pleasure to market a home previously owned by one of the most influential authors of the 20th century,” Hugo Cordle, sales negotiator at specialist Chelsea estate agents Russell Simpson, said in a statement issued to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.today.com/home/mary-poppins-author-p-l-travers-london-home-sale-t168303" target="_blank">TODAY Home</a></em>.</p> <p>“It’s hard to not imagine Mary Poppins and her famous umbrella swooping in to arrive on the roof terrace.”</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery to see the home where Mary Poppins author P.L Travers’ once lived.</p>

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How to keep grandchildren safe in your home

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Children are always at risk of injury, even when in the homes of relatives and grandparents. For many of us, childproofing our homes is a distant memory but with grandchildren on the scene, it’s worth taking a good look around to see what hazards you might have overlooked.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Fortunately there are many simple measures that can be taken to prevent accidents from occurring in your home. It is a case of taking a critical view of objects around your home and understanding where the potentials for hazards are. Take the time to get down and crawl around the home so that you can see for yourself where curious hands and adventurous spirits might roam.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While childproofing the home is equally important for grandparents and families, property investors should also take the time to understand how child-friendly their investment property is, as it may represent a marketing point for their investment property.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Injuries are the leading cause of death in Australian children aged one to fourteen, accounting for nearly half of all deaths in this age group. More children die from injury than of cancer, asthma and infectious diseases combined.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Unintentional injuries make up around 95 per cent of all child injury deaths, with young children under the age of five years most at risk of unintentional injury. The most common place for young children to be injured is in their own home, so ensuring the safety of our homes should be paramount for parents to keep their children safe. There are so many things that are precariously balanced, just waiting to be pulled down, knocked over, bumped into or climbed on.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">And as children become more mobile and dexterous, they love to put things in their mouths and they don’t discriminate between toxics or poisons and lollies or biscuits. So, cast your mind back to when you were a young parent and take a critical look around your home and garage. You might be amazed what hazards you find lurking. Here are some tips:</span></p> <p><strong>THE KITCHEN</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dangers abound in your kitchen so if you can’t prevent access, make sure you keep a close eye on children while cooking. Make sure small hands can’t reach the handles of pots and pans on the stove – use the back burners instead. Lock up detergents, pesticides, cleaning products and toxic household chemicals – or place them well out of reach in a high cabinet. With babies between 6 and 25 months old, make sure safety latches are fitted but still take the precaution of placing dangerous chemicals high up.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Store plastic bags, cling wrap and aluminium foil out of reach. Plastic bags and cling wrap are suffocation hazards whereas the sharp edges of boxes and foil are dangerous to curious hands. Keep knives safely secured.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Glassware should be stored up high, move the toaster, coffee maker and other electrical appliances and their cords out of a child’s reach.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ultimately, be careful to never leave hot food, drinks, glassware or knives unattended, not even for a few moments. Don’t forget that tablecloths and place mats can provide opportunities for young children to pull both them and what stands on them down.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>THE BATHROOM</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Similar to your kitchen, the bathroom plays hosts to a series of potential hazards.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There are childproof doorknob covers and other preventative measures you can take to prevent children gaining access to your bathroom.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">One of the primary risks is your toilet. Small children are very curious, have poor coordination, and are particularly top-heavy. It’s possible for them to topple head first into a toilet and drown in as little as 3cm of water. Keep the toilet lip down and consider fitting a lid-lock.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Watch out for sharps! Razor blades, nail clippers, scissors, tweezers and sharp utensils should be stored up high and out of reach.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Appliances that generate heat, like hair dryers, curling wands or straightening irons should never be left plugged in and, again, should be locked away or stored where they can’t be reached.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Cosmetics and medications, especially prescription drugs, must be kept in a high cupboard or locked away. Don’t forget about vitamins and things like mouthwash either. Multi-vitamins that contain iron can be poisonous to children and mouthwash contains more alcohol than wine.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Naturally, keep all electrical appliances well clear of water to avoid risk of electrocution. Your hot water heater should also be set at no higher than 49 degrees centigrade. Bath tap handles and spouts are places where babies can hit their head so use rubber guards or make certain babies stay at the safer end of the bath.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Keep in mind the risk of you slipping and injuring a child as well. Could a non-slip mat placed inside and/or alongside the bathtub help assure neither you or a child in your care gets injured?</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Never leave children alone and unsupervised anywhere where there is water, not even briefly. If the phone rings or there’s somebody at the door, remove the child from the water, wrap them in a towel, and take them with you. Don’t leave anything cooking on the stove when it’s bath time for children. You need to be certain nothing can distract you from watchful supervision.</span></p> <p><em><a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/property/how-to-keep-grandchildren-safe-in-your-home.aspx"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Republished with permission of Wyza.com.au.</span></a></em></p>

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12 simple ways to reduce bushfire risk to older homes

<p>Seventy-five years of Australian research into how houses respond to bushfire has identified 21 main weak points in houses and the area immediately surrounding them.</p> <p>In recent decades this knowledge has been used to inform <a href="http://www.as3959.com.au/">new building construction</a>. But older houses are generally not built to the same standard, unless they have been significantly renovated.</p> <p>Older homes make up the majority of buildings in bushfire prone-areas. There are some simple things that can improve the performance of an older house in a bushfire. Here are 12 suggestions: six simple projects that could be done over a weekend or two, and six low-cost things you could do in a single afternoon.</p> <p><strong>Six weekend projects:</strong></p> <p><strong>1. Remove some garden beds next to the house</strong></p> <p>This is particularly true for garden beds near timber-framed windows and doors. For timber and fibro homes, garden beds adjacent to the house should be avoided entirely. At the very least prune dense bushes close to timber-framed windows back hard.</p> <p><strong>2. Sand and repaint weathered timber door and window frames</strong></p> <p>Over time, paint peels and cracks appear in the exposed and weathered timber. During a bushfire, embers can lodge in these cracks and ignite.</p> <p><strong>3. Enclose the subfloor with a metal mesh</strong></p> <p>Flammable items are often stored underneath the house. If this area is not enclosed these items will catch, often due to ember attack, and pose a threat to every room in the house. The exposed underside of timber floors can be protected with a lightweight, non-combustible layer.</p> <p><strong>4. Repair or replace weathered timber decking</strong></p> <p>Just as embers can land in cracks in door and window frames, the same can also happen to weathered timber decking. Most decks are right next to the house and if they go up fire easily spreads to the home.</p> <p><strong>5. Have a 1-2 metre non-flammable area immediately around your house</strong></p> <p>Think of it as an additional protective defence area. You could use gravel, paving tiles, bricks, concrete, or ground rock such as scoria.</p> <p><strong>6. Get a professional roof inspection</strong></p> <p>Roofs gradually weaken and require maintenance. A professional roof repairer can check that tiles are in place, repair damaged ridge tiles, and ensure that skylights, air vents, evaporative coolers, and solar panels are in good order and are free from gaps where embers could enter.</p> <p>The product specifications for timber door and window frames, metal mesh, and decking materials can be found in the relevant <a href="https://www.google.com/search?q=AS+3959+(2018)&amp;oq=AS+3959+(2018)&amp;aqs=chrome..69i57&amp;sourceid=chrome&amp;ie=UTF-8">Australian Standard</a> and <a href="https://www.nash.asn.au/nash/publications/nash-standards">steel construction standard</a>. Actual requirements for houses vary according to the <a href="https://www.bushfireprone.com.au/what-is-a-bal/">bushfire attack level</a> associated with a specific block of land.</p> <p><strong>Six easy afternoon projects</strong></p> <p><strong>1. Replace natural coil doormats with synthetic</strong></p> <p>While they appear harmless, natural organic doormats can cause a fire to grow if they ignite. Due to their density they burn for a long time, and can spread flames to timber door frames. A synthetic mat will only flare up for a short time.</p> <p><strong>2. Remove organic mulch from garden beds next to the house</strong></p> <p>Burning embers can easily ignite dried-out organic mulch, setting fire to surrounding plants. If garden beds are near the house, particularly timber door and window frames, the danger is increased. Either remove mulch in garden beds next to the house or – if the mulch is suitable – dig it in deeply.</p> <p><strong>3. Store firewood in an enclosed metal container</strong></p> <p>It is best to store wood well away from the house, but no one wants to walk metres in cold winters to get that wood. So some firewood is often stored close to the house on a burnable deck, and often it’s left there over summer. Putting it into a large metal container can remove that fire risk.</p> <p><strong>4. Remove flammable material from the front porch, roof cavity, decking and underfloor area</strong></p> <p>When embers enter the roof cavity and underneath the house, flames can rapidly spread to every room. It is vital to keep these areas clear of flammable materials.</p> <p><strong>5. Replace timber benches on timber decks with synthetic ones</strong></p> <p>A timber bench on a timber deck next to a timber house is an unnecessary risk, similar to having a wood pile on a timber deck.</p> <p><strong>6. Turn pressure relief valves on outside gas bottles away from the house</strong></p> <p>Both the <a href="https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/bushfire-canberra-2003/">2003 Canberra</a> and the <a href="https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/bushfire-wye-river/">2016 Wye River</a> bushfires showed the danger of having gas bottle valves facing the house. In both fires, houses were destroyed when either the gas plume flamed or gas bottles exploded.</p> <p>While these projects will improve the bushfire protection of your home, they can’t guarantee your home will survive a bushfire, especially during catastrophic bushfire conditions. It is also crucial to upgrade your home insurance so you can meet the higher costs of <a href="http://www.as3959.com.au/">new building standards</a>, in the event you have to rebuild. And in all cases, act on warnings given by your state or territory fire authority.</p> <hr /> <p><em>The advice given in this article is general and may not suit every circumstance.</em><!-- Below is The Conversation's page counter tag. 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Landlord charged for truly “underhand” act that cost tenants $3700

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A man has been charged after listing his ex-girlfriend’s flat to rent, pocketing the cash and heading overseas.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Phillip Allman and Lucy Sharp were in a relationship for six years before ending it last December.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The pair remained friends and Sharp allowed Allman to move into her apartment temporarily after his last relationship ended.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, the 29-year-old man abused that generosity by listing Sharp’s flat as available for rental online.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to Wales Online, Jolanta Goniuch responded to the advertisement on Gumtree that listed the flat at £400 ($NZD 808) and required a £400 deposit upfront.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Goniuch called Allman to arrange an inspection and was told that the flat would be available from late June.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After the phone call, she then transferred £800 ($NZD 1616) into his bank account.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Another victim, Natera Morris and her partner Sean Malone, fell for the scam the next day and paid a total of £600 ($NZD 1212).</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It wasn’t until later that another victim also paid £600.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In total, Allman pocketed more than £2,000 ($NZD 4040) from the tenants.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">On June 10, Allman disappeared and Sharp only became aware of the con when Malone arrived on her doorstep.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sharp tried to contact Allman, but was ignored. He was eventually caught by the police and sentenced to one year behind bars.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The offences for which I have to deal with you are really mean and underhand offences of dishonesty,” he said, according to </span><a href="https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/phillip-allman-newport-jailed-court-17217610"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Wales Online</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“They come from a man who has been committing offences of dishonesty for years and years.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“You were fortunate enough to have a generous friend. You abused her friendship and trust to cheat people out of money.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Allman admitted to three counts of fraud in breach of a suspended sentence and all the victims were repaid the money they sent Allman via bank transfer.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, Morris and Lobina paid some funds in cash, which were unable to be recovered.</span></p>

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3 easy ways to eradicate mould at home

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It can be difficult to identify hidden mould in an older home. However, once you have discovered it, you can learn to eliminate it forever.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Spores are small, often incognito little gremlins that can grow from one to many in a very short amount of time. They can remain invisible for months or even years, but if they are left alone, they can slowly take over your house and affect your family's health.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">So, what should you do to identify exactly where those unwanted little spores are lurking?</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Energy-efficiency expert and scientist Jenny Edwards from Light House Architecture and Science has uncovered helpful mould precautions tips specifically for Australian homes.</span></p> <p><strong>Tip 1: Don’t block off airways </strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the winter months it is easy to close the blinds early and lock in the heat from the heater. However, doing this will create a petri dish of mould in your room, especially bathrooms. Edwards suggests that you should always install a new extractor fan in the bathrooms of older homes. It will stop the moisture from growing spores.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>Handy hint:</strong> Keep the extractor fan on after you leave the shower because it needs time to work. </span></p> <p><strong>Tip 2: Try not to dry your clothes inside </strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sometimes drying your clothes inside is unavoidable. However, if there is a ray of sunshine outside and a slight breeze, try and let your garments blow in the wind. Wet clothes drying inside will increase the moisture in the air and lead to condensation. Condensation, of course, grows the mould and that is what we are trying to avoid.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>Handy hint:</strong> If you do dry clothes inside then at least put them in the sunniest room in the house and have the windows open to allow some sun and air in.</span></p> <p><strong>Tip 3: What do to if your house already has mould </strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">You can be super cautious and attentive but mould can still creep through the cracks. So, if you do discover mould that you missed upon execution, here is what you do.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">CEO for Mycology Dr Heike Neumeister-Kemp says that the best way to get rid of mould is using white vinegar and a microfibre cloth. If there is a huge amount of mould that you can't reach, then the last resort would be to use a dehumidifier to attack the build-up of moisture.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you live in a home that is a little older, have a building inspector check for any mould if you think you can smell it but can’t find the source of. It can make the difference.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>Handy hint:</strong> The best way to get rid of mould is using white vinegar and a microfibre cloth.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Written by Stewart Bunn. Republished with permission of </span><a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/property/3-easy-ways-to-eradicate-mould-at-home.aspx"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Wyza.com.au</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></em></p>

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How to make the best of a small space

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The smallest of changes can make the world of difference when decorating any confined spaces in your home. If you’ve recently downsized and discovered your smaller rooms have become a little too cluttered, fear not, there’s plenty you can do.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Small changes can make the rooms in your house appear larger and could allow for a tone of new space. Consider these subtle differences you can make without breaking the bank.</span></p> <p><strong>The difference furniture can make</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you have a small study or room that you want to get the most out of, an important piece of furniture to consider is the couch. It will generally be the biggest item in the room therefore, once you get the right style and fit, you'll have a starting point for the rest of your lounge's design.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Floor Planner is a wonderful tool to plan out and utilise the space in your room. It can give you a digital look of your room to make it easy to plan for the space.</span></p> <p><strong>Mirror, mirror, on the wall</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Apartment Therapy suggests that using mirrors within a confined space can do wonders to a room's atmosphere and feng shui. You can group small mirrors together or have large one that hangs half way down the wall. A floor length mirror which will create the illusion that the room if taller than it is. This is particularly beneficial if you have short ceilings. Mirrors will also reflect light around the room, and light can be so valuable in eliminating dark corners.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Word of warning, be careful what your mirror reflects. If it is a study with stacks of paperwork, it may make the room look cluttered and untidy. Simplicity in a small room is always best.</span></p> <p><strong>Shelving in small spaces</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Shelving in small spaces can be tricky, but once you figure out the right shape and size, they can look elegant. One space that is often under-utilised is under the stairs. If there is a gap, try creating horizontal shelving across the bottom of the stairs. Utilise Spaces suggests the space can be used for storage or be a small library. Also placing hooks or shelves on the inside of cupboard doors can do wonders with limited space.</span></p> <p><strong>Hang TVs on the wall</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to Harvey Norman, hanging a flat screen TV on the wall will cost anywhere between $187 to $300, depending on the size of the TV. This will create a vast amount of space considering you won't need a TV cabinet.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Whatever your challenge, there are always fresh ideas for changing your space before your space changes you.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Written by Stewart Bunn. Republished with permission of </span><a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/property/how-to-make-the-best-of-a-small-space.aspx"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Wyza.com.au.</span></a></em></p>

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Protecting your home while you're away

<p>Planning your summer escape, or heading off soon for a well-deserved break? Read up on these simple and cost-effective security measures to ensure your home and property remain safe while you’re away.</p> <p>Many people leave their homes and cars unattended when they head off on their summer holidays and that can be a green light for burglars. It’s important to take as many precautions as you can to ensure you don’t return from your holiday to find you’re a victim of crime.</p> <p><strong>Tips to help boost your home’s security</strong> <br /><br /><strong>1. Get a security alarm:</strong> If you have the time - and the budget - before you go away, consider installing a burglar alarm. This is still one of the best deterrents to break-ins. For most burglars, an alarm simply makes your home too difficult to try and enter. Be sure to display notices about the alarm system prominently at doors and windows.</p> <p><strong>2. Lock all doors and windows:</strong>It sounds obvious, but people in a rush to head off can easily forget to close a window or secure a door. A lot us have done it! If possible, fit deadlocks to main doors and windows, as these are a major hurdle for a would-be burglar.</p> <p><strong>3. Create a ‘lived in’ look:</strong>While away, make sure your home still looks ‘lived in’. Leave a pair of old shoes at the back door, some water in the dog’s bowl or an old towel on the washing line. Make sure a trusted neighbour or family member collects mail and regularly adjusts curtains and blinds. If possible, ask a friend or neighbour to regularly park in your driveway or outside your home, to suggest activity.</p> <p><strong>4. Set timers:</strong>Timers are available from hardware stores and allow you to switch your TV or radio on at various times during the day and some lights on at night. Tune your radio to a talkback station so there’s the sound of many different voices. If someone is snooping around, it will make it harder for them to know if someone is inside the house.</p> <p><strong>5. Sensor lights:</strong>These are anther inexpensive deterrent that remain useful throughout the year. Install them at all external doorways.</p> <p><strong>6. Secure the shed and garage:</strong>Put away and secure items such as ladders, tools and gardening implements as these can assist in forced entry and make sure the garage is locked. Store away any valuable outdoor items, such as bicycles and the barbecue.</p> <p><strong>7. Turn down the phone volume:</strong>An endlessly ringing phone can be a give-away that there’s no one home. Turn down the volume, and make sure the voice message gives no clue that you’ve gone on holidays.</p> <p><strong>8. Spare keys:</strong>These should be left only with a trusted family member, friend or neighbour. Don’t ever keep them under a flower pot or a door mat. A burglar will easily find them. </p> <p><em>Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/property/protecting-your-home-while-youre-away.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p>

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How easy is it to flip a property?

<p>‘Flipping’ or buying properties to do up and sell can be a lot of work but the pay-off could be huge when the time comes to selling your fixer-upper. With risk comes rewards and flipping properties may just be the best financial decision for you, but weigh up the odds first.</p> <p><strong>Risk versus profit</strong> <br />Most people recognise the risks that come with flipping properties. You invest your time and hard earned money into renovating a home but it may not always pay off when it comes time to sell. Before you do anything, you must plan your budget for fixing up the fixer-upper and budget down to the smallest of things. Investing Answers suggests that you pay for the house in cash and avoid getting a mortgage for it. Even splitting the investment with a partner will be better. Having a mortgage is a "fixed obligation" and it adds extra pressure for you to be successful with flipping.</p> <p><strong>What do buyers look for?</strong> <br />The <a href="http://www.nationalpropertybuyers.com.au/buyers-agents-australia/?gclid=CLXI2pmL_c4CFQuMvQodUnQG9A">Real Estate Buyers Agents Association</a> recently released a survey of the most popular features that Australians want for their new home. These are the top 10 features:</p> <p>1. Open plan living</p> <p>2. At least two bathrooms</p> <p>3. Natural light </p> <p>4. Close to schools and shops</p> <p>5. Kitchens that flow out to outdoor entertainment</p> <p>6. Two living areas</p> <p>7. Level yard</p> <p>8. Pantry</p> <p>9. Storage space</p> <p>10.Secure car space</p> <p>Now that you know the most popular features, you can start to plan your renovations with them in mind. Aussies love to renovate their homes but perhaps more importantly, they like to do it themselves. This means that there will be a lot of costs saved on hiring people to build or demolish.</p> <p><strong>Best house on the worst street or worst house on the best street?</strong> <br />Location can make or break your gains when flipping a property; just remember -  it's all about the serenity. Buying a run-down house and fixing it up can be great, but not if it is on a terrible street. You have to ask yourself if the features of the neighbourhood are going to add value to your home. Research the past rates of property growth in surrounding streets, as well as nearby schools and amenities.</p> <p>If you are now entering the world of flipping property, know that it is a tough game to play. But if you win, the rewards can set you up for a successful financial future. Talk to the team at <a href="https://www.firstnational.com.au/">First National Real Estate</a> to find out the best places to buy for your next investment. </p> <p><em>Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/property/how-easy-is-it-to-flip-a-property.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p>

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Inside Sinatra's $11.5 million Beverly Hills home

<p><span>The Sinatra family mainstay in Beverly Hills has been listed for an eye-watering AUD $11.5 million. </span></p> <p>It belonged to music legend, Frank Sinatra’s first wife, Nancy Sinatra, who is also the mother of the iconic performer’s three children. </p> <p>Even though the couple departed ways in 1951, she remained an integral part of his life, throughout the myriad of affairs and three more wives throughout Frank’s life. </p> <p>The one-story home ranch, located Beverly Hills, was built in 1979 and while it isn’t the massive or flashy mansions celebrity fans aren’t used to, it has kept it’s elegant and regal warmth. </p> <p>Located in the hilly part of Beverly Hills at the end of a lengthy, private tree-lined drive, the home sits on a lot measuring over one acre. </p> <p>The home also offers serene canyon views and has many highlights including vaulted and coffered ceilings, beautiful french doors leading to a cosy courtyard. </p> <p>Among other unique features also has an incredible walk-in bae where it is stated: "where Hollywood and international celebrities have gathered to toast one another for decades."</p> <p>The master suite is a massive gem on its own and offers a double-sided fireplace, his-and-her baths, as well as soaring vaulted ceilings. </p> <p>Nancy Barbato Sinatra met Frank when she was just 17 and he was 19. The couple married in 1939, and it was a marriage that lasted for 12 years where she worked as a secretary and answered her husband’s endless fan mail. </p> <p><span>Frank’s movie career took off in the 1940s and a</span><span>s a result, the family  moved to Southern California. </span></p> <p><span>It is in Los Angeles where Nancy stayed for the rest of her life. </span></p> <p>In July 2018, Nancy Barbato Sinatra passed away at age 101. Frank died in 1998, but the former couple had reportedly remained on good terms. </p> <p><span>Interestingly enough, when questioned why she never remarried, she asked a journalist incredulously, "After Sinatra?"</span></p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see the Beverly Hills home. </p>

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