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Natalie Portman cosying up in beautiful Hunter Valley architectural wonder

<p>Reports have claimed A-lister actress Natalie Portman has been seen wondering through the picturesque wine region of Hunter Valley, Australia.</p> <p><em>The Post<span> </span></em>claimed the 39-year-old and her husband, Benjamin Millepied, were seen standing in ankle-high grass as they peered into the blue-roofed brick, stone and wood getaway home in the Hunter Valley.</p> <p>Their hour-long tour appeared to be guided by the famed architect Glenn Marcus Murcutt, who is the only Australian to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize (2002).</p> <p>His modern designs focus on creating living spaces that have low impacts on the environment and priorities indoor-outdoor living.</p> <p>The house is a sight to see, and one that amplifies his environmental ethos, with its horizontal lines and perfect blend of wood and glass.</p> <p>The house appears to have hardly any protection from the elements, but seamlessly creates the perfect balance between integrated design and environmentally friendly.</p> <p>The actress is rumoured to be cosying up into the stunning retreat which offers mountains as a staggering backdrop behind the house.</p> <p>“Layering and changeability: this is the key, the combination that is worked into most of my buildings. Occupying one of these buildings is like sailing a yacht; you modify and manipulate its form and skin, according to seasonal conditions and natural elements, and work with these to maximise the performance of the building,” said Murcutt in 1996.</p> <p>Natalie Portman and her husband have been married since 2012 and have two children, Amalia and Aleph.</p> <p>Portman is in Australia filming her role as Jane Foster in the anticipated Marvel movie “Thor: Love and Thunder.”</p>

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Mystery shrouds Michael Schumacher as wife lists Geneva mansion

<p><span>Michael Schumacher's wife is selling their mansion on Lake Geneva in Switzerland, reports say.</span><br /><br /><span>Corinna Schumacher has listed the renowned 20,000 square-metre farmhouse on the market for £5 million ($AU9 million), according to German magazine <em>Bunte</em>.</span><br /><br /><span>The Schumachers bought the "Sur le Moulin" estate in 2002 for £3 million, and not long after Michael would go on to win his fifth F1 world title.</span><br /><br /><span>The Schumacher family have reportedly left the home mostly vacant, and are moving to another home in Gland where Michael can continue his rehabilitation.</span><br /><br /><span>The Lake Geneva house has been described as "an exceptional property in a quiet and protected location".</span><br /><br /><span>“After the Schumachers moved, the house was left without permanent residents," reported <em>Bunte</em>.</span><br /><br /><span>"At times, their housekeepers and bodyguards stayed there. Corinna Schumacher’s horses also grazed on a two-acre site some time ago.”</span><br /><br /><span>Schumacher faced horrifying head injuries in a skiing accident in the Swiss Alps in 2013, and his current condition remains a mystery to the public.</span><br /><br /><span>While most information is not available, Schumacher’s former boss at Ferrari revealed he’s had opportunities to visit the former driver.</span><br /><br /><span>Jean Todt says the Formula One legend has been able to follow son Mick's career as he follows in his dad’s footsteps.</span><br /><br /><span>“Of course he is following him,” Todt told <em>RTL France.</em></span><br /><br /><span>Todt has been visiting Schumacher monthly and shares information on his condition.</span><br /><br /><span>“This is a question on which I am going to be extremely reserved,” Todt told <em>RTL</em>.</span><br /><br /><span>“I see Michael very often – once or twice a month. My answer is the same all the time – he fights.</span><br /><br /><span>“We can only wish for him and his family that things get better.”</span><br /><br /><span>Schumacher won five consecutive World Drivers’ Championships with Todt by his side from 2000 to 2004.</span><br /><br /><span>In January 2020, a leading neurosurgeon told fans that Schumacher would be “very altered” and “deteriorated”.</span><br /><br /><span>“We must imagine a person very different from the one we remember on the track, with a very altered and deteriorated organic, muscular and skeletal structure,” Nicola Acciari told Contro Copertina.</span><br /><br /><span>“All as a result of the brain trauma he suffered.”</span><br /><br /><span>The comments came after Todt said Schumacher is “still fighting”.</span><br /><br /><span>“I’m always careful with such statements, but it’s true," Todt said.</span><br /><br /><span>“Michael is in the best hands and is well looked after in his house. He does not give up and keeps fighting.</span><br /><br /><span>“His family is fighting just as much and of course our friendship cannot be the same as it once was just because there’s no longer the same communication as before.”</span></p> <p><em>Images: Instagram</em></p>

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Hotel where Michael Hutchence died sells for 300 percent profit

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Intercontinental Hotel Double Bay, the spot where Princess Diana stayed in 1996 and INXS frontman Michael Hutchence was found deceased in 1997 has been sold for $180m to an apartment developer.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sources told the </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Wentworth Courier</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> the deal was brokered by the Agency’s Steven Chen.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The buyer, Melbourne apartment developer Fridcorp, later released a statement confirming the purchase of the refurbished 140-room hotel, refurbished by Bates Smart, and land in a joint venture with Piety Group from vendor Shanghai Group, who had paid $140m four years ago.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The 3670-square-metre luxury hotel originally opened as a Ritz Carlton Hotel in 1991 and was the hotel of choice in the 90s for famous guests, including Princess Diana, Madonna, Bill Clinton, and Elton John.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The circa $180m price tag is triple the $60m that the site sold for only eight years ago.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It is understood the deal was done on Friday, May 7.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B3PG1gNlTij/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B3PG1gNlTij/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by InterContinental Double Bay (@intercontinentaldoublebay)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Several other prominent Sydney-based apartment developers are known to have been interested in the hotel and given its record price, sources say it “Absolutely must be a development site”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a statement sent to </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Courier</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, Fridcorp confirmed the sale and noted that in 2011, Woollahra Council granted a permit to demolish the existing hotel and take advantage of the gorgeous harbour views by adding an eight-storey residential building and retail offering. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Prior to this, the hotel was rebranded as the Sir Stamford Double Bay in 2001 and operated until 2009, then underwent a complete facelift and became the Intercontinental Sydney Double Bay in 2014.</span></p>

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Mind-blowing historical “time capsule” discovered in café rafters

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When workers were peeling back the old walls of the Liverpool eatery, they weren’t expecting to find a fragile piece of culinary history.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The menu, dated from Wednesday, 15 January 1913, belonged to the former Yamen Caf</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">é</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> in Bold Street and was just one of the artifacts found in the rafters of LEAF, the ca</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">é</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> that now occupies the same site on Bold Street.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Staff of the LEAF Caf</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">é</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> in central Liverpool said the discovery had “blown their minds”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The historical menu offered an appetising selection of “refreshments, luncheons and afternoon teas”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">LEAF founder and owner Natalie Haywood told </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">CNN</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> that the discovery was almost “creepy” since LEAF sells specialty teas just like its predecessor.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Specials of the day included sweetbreads and peas, irish stew, and banana fritters, and the set menu featured boiled fowl, tournedos bearnaise, and meringues chantilly with pears, reflecting the cosmopolitan character of the port city at the time.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A bowl of tomato on the menu cost four old pennies, the equivalent of £1.20 (AUD$2.14) today.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 499.99999999999994px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841121/_118384859_menu.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/16062d041de84dfea92c5f15a5773802" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Haywood said, “When I saw it I was staggered, it’s like a time capsule hidden in the walls.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“To see what they were doing then, how forward-thinking and creative as a restaurant, is so inspiring.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We have always known this is a historic building but having the menu in our hands has made it all feel real, something dating back to the First World War.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to a food historian, the menu wasn’t the typical fare for average working class Liverpudlians of the time and the prices were out of reach for most.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Bryce Evens, associate professor in history at Liverpool Hope University, said it was aimed at an “upper middle class clientele” and that the “meaty” menu had a continental influence “typical only of the better-off in Britain at the time”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As a bustling maritime city, the foreign dishes and wider use of vegetables on Yamen’s menu illustrated Liverpool’s “cosmopolitanism” and “status as a major city of empire and trade and exchange”, Mr Evans said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though the area now has a “bohemian” feel, Bold Street was the equivalent of London’s Bond Street in 1913, boasting car showrooms, high-end clothing stores, and fine dining.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841120/_118385638_hat.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/095667b65361449884f60465b7e60e46" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Along with the 108-year-old menu, other finds included a waiter’s hat with “Yamen” embroidered on the rim, instructions for the English card game whist, and a packet of playing cards.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Haywood said the items were found in the rafters of the mezzanine, which was being transformed from an office space into an area for private events.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Down came fluttering from the ceiling this menu from 108 years ago. It’s in absolutely unbelievable condition,” Haywood said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With this find, LEAF now plans to recreate some of the dishes as a tribute to the Yamen.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Two permanent additions to the menu will be the Irish stew and Welsh rabbit.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Once lockdown restrictions are lifted in England and the refurbishment is complete, Haywood also plans to host a special evening where a more extensive range of the menu items will be served.</span></p> <p><strong>Image credits: LEAF</strong></p>

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See inside Jerry Seinfeld’s stunning Colorado retreat

<p><span>Jerry Seinfeld’s stunning holiday sanctuary may just be one of the most glorious properties you’ve ever seen from a celebrity.</span><br /><br /><span>The comedian and his wife, Jessica, are looking to offload the Colorado paradise for $19.65 million (US $14.95m).</span><br /><br /><span>The 27-acreage is frequently visited by the Seinfelds and their three children as they are all avid skiers.</span><br /><br /><span>Listing agent Bill Fandel told Mansion Global that the pair have decided to sell as their children are older and due to the fast-moving real-estate market</span><br /><br /><span>The guesthouse that boasts four-bedrooms and adjoins onto the property is also available for $3.65 million (US$2.77m), reports claims.</span><br /><br /><span>The Seinfelds bought the ski getaway in 2007 for a cool US$7.55 million.</span><br /><br /><span>The estate has been up for sale in the past as well, including when Jerry tested the waters in 2011, with a price tag of $24 million (US$18.3 million).</span><br /><br /><span>The couple then had a change of heart and took it off the market within a few months.</span><br /><br /><span>Colorado is home to many incredible estates that cater to the rich, and this 1,140 sqm rustic lodge with 11 bedrooms, 11 full bathrooms, and three half-bathrooms, is no exception.</span><br /><br /><span>Built in 1991, the home is nestled persfsctly into the private enclave and offers a perfect holiday spot for family and friends in the small town of Telluride.</span><br /><br /><span>Seinfeld purchased the main house in 2007, and the guesthouse a year later to use as a caretaker’s cottage.</span><br /><br /><span>“After the Seinfelds purchased the property, they did a remodel and re-imagined the whole place,” Mr Fandel said.</span><br /><br /><span>There is a vaulted great room that comes with a stone-surround fireplace, and even offers unbelievable mountain views from the floor-to-ceiling windows.</span><br /><br /><span>With an updated, state of the art kitchen and other features including a wood-panelled library, game room, gym and yoga room, and a four-car garage – it almost makes the multi-million dollar price tag sound reasonable.</span><br /><br /><span>Seinfeld, a New York native, dominated the TV line-up in the 1990s with his long-running sitcom <em>Seinfeld</em>, which ran from 1989 until 1998.</span></p>

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Rod Stewart's "hidden track" inside his Beverly Hills home

<p>He has long been known as a railway enthusiast, even if at times he chose not to talk about it. But Sir Rod Stewart's legendary choo-choo layout -–26 years in the making – just has to be seen to be believed.</p> <p>The rocker's astonishingly detailed 124ft long x 23ft wide model depicting an American city and its industrial hinterland in the 1940s contains hundreds of buildings, from trackside switchman shanties to vast factories and skyscrapers.</p> <p>Called Grand Street And Three Rivers City, it also features a railway station crossed by numerous bridges at rush hour.</p> <p>Also featured in the landscape are period cars and lorries, driving alongside the train tracks.</p> <p>Everything is dramatically lit in the colours of late afternoon sunshine.</p> <p>Sir Rod told<span> </span><em>Railway Modeller</em><span> </span>magazine that scenery and structure modelling, rather than locomotives, trackwork or electrics, are his forte.</p> <p>"It's the landscape I like. Attention to detail, extreme detail, is paramount. There shouldn't be any unsightly gaps or pavements that are too clean," he said.</p> <p>Sir Rod was inspired by American Railways because that is where we has living when he began creating the model in 1993.</p> <p>At the time, he had recently built a new house in Los Angeles and included an attic room specifically for the layout.</p> <p>While Sir Rod acknowledged it took a while for him to publicly admit he was a railway enthusiast, he agreed in his interview with the magazine that attitudes now appear to be changing towards model railway making.</p> <p>But he added that he was still wary about answering questions on TV about it because "it's hard to talk about something so all-encompassing" if he was meant to be discussing his music.</p> <p>His passion was first inflamed when he was "eight or nine" on a family holiday in Bognor Regis where he saw a "marvellous" railway layout in a model shop.</p> <p>He said his father had once given him the advice that "every man needs a hobby".</p> <p>"Mine's model railway," said Sir Rod, who had a toy railway as a child. When he wanted a station for it, his dad bought him a guitar instead, which many might think turned out to be a shrewd move.</p> <p>His fortune stands at £190 million, according to the Sunday Times' UK Musicians' Rich List, and he has had nine No 1 albums and 62 hit singles in the UK.</p> <p>Sir Rod said guests are stunned by his magnificent model railway when he runs it for them at his LA home. He said: 'When I take on something creative like this, I have to give it 110 per cent. For me, it's addictive. I started, so I just had to finish.</p> <p>"I'm lucky I had the room. If I'd realised at the start it would have taken so long, I'd have probably said No! No! Nah!"</p> <p><span>Photos: Facebook and Model Railroader Magazine</span></p>

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Why Greg Norman is moving home to Australia

<p><span>Gold legend Greg Norman is leaving the United States permanently and coming back to Australia.</span><br /><br /><span>He and his wife, Kiki, have found a buyer for their $52 million (AUD) Colorado ranch.</span><br /><br /><span>This follows after the sale of their $77 million Florida compound was finalised, and now the pair will finally relocate back to Norman’s hometown.</span><br /><br /><span>The Seven Lakes Lodge was originally purchased in 2004 for $12 million.</span><br /><br /><span>He put the home on the market for $71 million in 2016, but dropped the price significantly — by $19 million.</span><br /><br /><span>The 11,900 acre lot is made up of eight bedrooms and seven bathrooms and has been described as “one of the finest trophy big game hunting and fishing ranches in Colorado”.</span><br /><br /><span>Norman farewelled the property in an emotional Instagram post, writing “Sunday snow. A beautiful send off after two decades of owning 7L,” he wrote.</span><br /><br /><span>“This ranch has been an extraordinary magnificent journey of mountain life. It has been a pleasure sharing the incredible diversity this ranch with my family and friends.</span><br /><br /><span>“Each have their own memory, but collectively the memories will never leave us due to the uniqueness of the offering. I am confident the new owner and his family and friends will enjoy the same journey we did.”</span><br /><br /><span>It follows after the legendary golfer sold his South Florida compound only two weeks after it was listed for sale.</span><br /><br /><span>It was quickly snapped up by billionaire Leslie Wexner after 14 years of reconstruction.</span><br /><br /><span>“My wife and I feel it is time to move on after 30 years here,” Norman told the Miami Herald.</span><br /><br /><span>“COVID-19 and the whole pandemic experience, with social distancing and being isolated from our families — most of whom live overseas — this past year has made us realise how short life truly is and has caused us to re-evaluate how and where we want to spend the rest of our lives.”</span><br /><br /><span>Kirsten made it clear that they would be returning to Australia when farewelling their Florida home in an Instagram post.</span><br /><br /><span>“Our beloved Shark Shack. Boy will we miss it. Hope to recreate it some day soon in Oz!” she wrote in the caption.</span><br /><br /><span>In a January column for Stellar magazine, Norman revealed he was ready to return to his Queensland home.</span><br /><br /><span>“I miss Australia. I miss the way it sounds. Not long ago, I was on the phone with my parents and the sounds of the bird life in the background was something else,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>“And the smell of Australia … it’s so clean and fresh. I love the coffee and I miss the people; they’re so easy going … I want to get back to Australia as soon as I can. To tell you the truth, I think about coming home every second day.”</span><br /><br /><span>In 2019, he admitted to The Daily Telegraph he was on the hunt for a new home in Australia.</span><br /><br /><span>“Yes we are (looking). I’d prefer not to say where we are looking and no we have not bought anything.”</span></p>

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Inside Tom Cruise’s $51 million ranch

<p>Tom Cruise is living like a king out in Colorado in his sprawling estate – and you can too for the price tag of $51 million.</p> <p>The Hollywood megastar has become a great among giants for his numerous acting roles, and now after living the high life in his AUD$51 million mansion, he is deciding to let it go.</p> <p>Cruise first quietly put the Telluride estate listing up for AUD$76.1 million 7 years ago but listing agent Eric Lavey told the<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/tom-cruises-action-packed-colorado-estate-lists-for-39-5-million-11615480236" target="_blank">Wall Street Journal</a></em><span> </span>it was done under hush-hush circumstances.</p> <p>“I’m not sure [Cruise] was ready to sell it yet,” Lavey, from LIV Sotheby’s International Realty told the <em>WSJ.</em></p> <p>The home is nestled perfectly into the mountains and has remained a secluded oasis for those with high-profile lives looking to get away from it all.</p> <p>Spanning over 320 acres, Cruise reportedly spent many years collecting the land to form the massive estate but now reportedly no longer spends much of his time there and is looking to pass the home on to someone else.</p> <p>The property boasts seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms and features plenty of incredible features like mountain views in every single direction and a number of outdoor activities to choose from including skiing, snowmobiling, and snowboarding. In the warmer months, the option of golf, horseback riding, hiking, and biking is available.</p> <p>With over 10,000 square-feet of room to use in the main house, there is also a three-bedroom guest lodge that could also be very useful.</p> <p>Tom Cruise reportedly spent several years designing the stone-and-cedar home, and completed the massive built in 1994.</p>

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Serena Williams selling up and moving closer to Meghan

<p><span>Serena Williams has listed her luxurious Beverly Hills mansion for $9.7 million (US$7.5 million), shortly after her defeat at the Australian Open.</span><br /><br /><span>The 39-year-old tennis legend purchased the home in October 2017 for US$6.7 million but is now ready to let it go.</span><br /><br /><span>The sprawling property has over five bedrooms, seven bathrooms and is located in the upscale Beverly Hills Post Office neighbourhood.</span><br /><br /><span>The three-storey home, built only four years ago, offers a contemporary Spanish style and unbelievably picturesque city views across the valley.</span><br /><br /><span>The outdoor space is nothing short of extraordinary, with a built-in Wolf barbecue and refrigerator located on the patio, a Baja style pool and a stunning lawn perfect for entertaining.</span><br /><br /><span>Williams’ decision to list the home follows shortly after her loss at the Australian Open, when she lost 6-3, 6-4 in the semi-final round against Naomi Osaka.</span><br /><br /><span>Williams was asked whether this would be the last time fans would get to see her compete, which resulted in her walking away.</span><br /><br /><span>Williams failed to make the finals at the US Open in September.</span><br /><br /><span>Reports suggest she and her Reddit founder husband, Alexis Ohanian, are looking for a home in the Montecito region, which is where her friend Meghan Markle currently lives with Prince Harry.</span><br /><br /><span>Williams and Ohanian share a 3-year-old daughter, Alexis Jr.</span></p>

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Find your Italian dream home for just $1.50

<p><span>If you’ve ever dreamt of living in Italy, this special option might just be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.</span><br /><br /><span>The depopulated town of Laurenzana, located in Southern Italy's Basilicata region, has set itself apart from the number of home schemes up for grabs in the country.</span><br /><br /><span>Last month, potential buyers were given the option to buy a dilapidated home without having to put down a deposit guarantee that would ensure they finished renovations on their property.</span><br /><br /><span>The mayor of the town Michele Ungaro, said they were making the process a heck of a lot easier.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840249/italian-home-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/19a75d6fe76047c492624c11d812f2c0" /><br /><br /><span>"We want to help newcomers purchase the house of their dreams without making it hard for them to follow tedious procedures and tight requirements," Ungaro explained.</span><br /><br /><span>"At times it can be difficult to navigate through regulation, particularly if you're a foreigner. We want this adventure to be a pleasure, not a burden.”</span><br /><br /><span>She continued: "That's why we are not asking for any deposit guarantee to ensure the works are speedily carried out. It sounds as a sort of threat.</span><br /><br /><span>"We rely on the good faith and commitment of buyers, but we will be constantly monitoring the work-in-progress and status of the renovation."</span><br /><br /><span>To entice buyers, authorities have also kept paperwork costs to a minimum, and has assured them that they will benefit from southern Italy's relatively low local taxes.</span><br /><br /><span>However, as with most one euro ($1.50) home schemes, buyers must agree to complete the renovations on their property within a certain time frame.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840248/italian-home-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/72764117d3f04324bb734455c3434ca6" /><br /><br /><span>In Laurenzana, work needs to start no longer than three months after purchase and has to be completed within three years.</span><br /><br /><span>Buyers are also required to give in a detailed restyle plan before their offer is considered.</span><br /><br /><span>"If we are flooded with emails of people just saying 'I want to buy a house for one euro' without any further details, we'll get nowhere," Ungaro said.</span><br /><br /><span>"Targets are paramount. It would be of great help in speeding up the process if interested buyers get in touch straight away with a draft plan of what they intend to do with their new property and how much money they plan to invest in the restyle."</span><br /><br /><span>The abandoned houses for sale in Laurenzana come in different shapes and sizes, so Ungaro has encouraged those interested in buying to make clear what size home they are interested in, or what purpose they will use their property for – whether that be a private summer home, B&amp;B or shop.</span><br /><br /><span>The homes available range from 40 to 150 square metres.</span></p>

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You can be Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s neighbour for $29.4 million

<p><span>Located right next to the home of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is a spectacular California mansion that could be yours for an eye-watering $29.4 million (US$22.5 million).</span><br /><br /><span>Featuring seven-bedrooms and 13 bedrooms, the unbelievable property was listed at the end of January.</span><br /><br /><span>Spanning over 1,550 sqm, the property has over 5.5 acres to call your own in the Californian suburb of Montecito.</span><br /><br /><span>Land of the rich and famous, not only would the prospective buyer have royal members to call their neighbours – but Oprah Winfrey and evening Ellen DeGeneres too.</span><br /><br /><span>Just like Harry and Meghan’s incredible pad, the home boasts insane ocean and mountain views along with a spectacular garden filled with lush green lawns, citrusy trees, creeks, bridges and inviting greenery.</span><br /><br /><span>It was built in 1999 and was designed as an English country structure. The property has since undergone major renovations however and looks much different from its original fixtures.</span><br /><br /><span>Just one door down, Harry and Meghan purchased their own California mansion for $20.2 million (US$14.65 million) back in August.</span><br /><br /><span>It followed after they announced in January of that same year that they intended to step down from their senior royal positions.</span><br /><br /><span>At the time, the couple only had their newborn Archie to worry about but now they have announced they are expecting a baby girl in the summertime (our winter).</span><br /><br /><span>The pair recently sat down with Oprah Winfrey, with Meghan revealing that during her time as a royal, she dealt with suicidal thoughts.</span><br /><br /><span>“Look, I was really ashamed to have to say it at the time and ashamed to have to admit it to Harry especially, because I know how much loss he’s suffered,” Meghan told Winfrey.</span><br /><br /><span>“But I knew that if I didn’t say that I would do it … and I just didn’t ― I just didn’t want to be alive anymore. And that was a very clear and real and frightening constant thought.”</span></p>

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Rare chance to buy ritzy house with murderous past

<p><span>A ritzy home on the water of one of Brisbane’s most fabulous suburbs has hit the market, but it’s dark, murderous past has continued to haunt its walls.</span><br /><br /><span>What was once a party house filled with socialites on the banks of the Brisbane River, turned into a murder scene in the 1950s when Hamilton resident Sylvia Joyce Clare Ferguson was convicted of the murder of her rich husband Roy Ferguson.</span><br /><br /><span>The idyllic four bedroom Spanish-style home sits at 2 Grays Road, Hamilton, was a sight then and even now it continues to hold against the multimillion-dollar estates that surround it in the blue-chip suburb.</span><br /><br /><span>With views of the river, city and Story Bridge – it’s not wonder why this listing is believed to go as quick as it possibly can.</span><br /><br /><span>A True Crime episode by The Courier-Mail’s Kate Kyriacou explored the deep mystery of the little blue house, saying that Roy and his brother Jack owned pubs near Newcastle and Forbes, a poultry farm in Charleston, New South Wales and other properties, as well as directorships in various companies including breweries.</span><br /><br /><span>Mrs Ferguson was a simple barmaid in Newcastle when she met Roy.</span><br /><br /><span>They eventually settled down with each other and moved into the waterfront home in Hamilton, Brisbane.</span><br /><br /><span>The scandal began when she was jailed along with her lover and a friend over Mr Ferguson’s murder.</span><br /><br /><span>She protested her innocence from prison years later.</span><br /><br /><span>The home retains so much charm with a library and multipurpose room, indoor living and entertaining space as well as a living room with a fireplace.</span><br /><br /><span>The master suite has its very own floor with ensuite, a separate powder room, walk in robe, a living area and a balcony looking out over some of the best river views in Brisbane.</span><br /><br /><span>The home last sold over 15 years ago and was described as being “like nothing else you will find on the market”, <em>realestate.com.au</em> wrote in the listing.</span><br /><br /><span>“Boasting a character facade and traditional interior with decorative ceilings, beautiful timber floors, stained glass and classic chandeliers throughout, this is an exclusive offering with endless opportunities to make this home your own.”</span><br /><br /><span>The property is set to go to auction on Saturday March 20 at 10am.</span></p>

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Real estate agent forced to apologise for offensive, sexist post

<p>A blog post on an Australian real estate website targeting single women buying properties has gone viral for all the wrong reasons.</p> <p>The article titled "Buying as a single lady" was published on Bathurst Real Estate's website and was quickly removed after backlash on social media claimed the post was "sexist" and "misogynistic".</p> <p>The piece started off on a positive note, empowering women who are planning on purchasing a property: “You’re a single lady and you’re content not (to) have a ring on your finger”. But it then took a sharp turn that angered many people online.</p> <p>“You may prefer the emotional and financial back-up of a spouse,” the post reads.</p> <p>The article continues to suggest single women can "go wild when buying" as they are "responsible only for themselves".</p> <p>It also says women “are well known for reasoning with their hearts, not their heads - and many of us love to nest.”</p> <p>Women are then issued a warning, saying property buying can quickly go south “especially if there is no man beside you to offer logic to the situation”.</p> <p>The real estate agency swiftly removed the post from their website and apologised on Facebook.</p> <p>“This is so misogynistic it’s almost comical,” one woman who reposted the article on Facebook wrote.</p> <p>“Thanks so much for this super helpful blog post Bathurst Real Estate! I can’t wait for your next post on ‘Buying as a Single man’, Oh wait...</p> <p>“Next time I go to purchase anything I’ll be sure to bring a man with me to both pay for it and also offer logic, because as you said, women are well known for not using their head and I guess none of us have any money of our own!” the bemused woman continued.</p> <p>“This is the most offensive piece of s**t I have ever read,” another person wrote.</p> <p>“Holy s**t it had never occurred to me that buying a property would represent a big proportion of my hard work and savings! I thought it would be like buying a new eyebrow pencil or baking a cake!” another woman wrote sarcastically.</p> <p>“Does this mean that me and my partner aren’t able to buy a house because we are both women and don’t know how to use our heads?” a user asked.</p> <p>Men also seemed to be equally offended by the article.</p> <p>“I think they need a new password… surely this has got to be a hack from a sacked staff member,” one man suggested.</p> <p>Bathurst Real Estate claimed the post was written by a female from a content marketing agency who was outsourced to create content.</p> <p>The real estate agent apologised for any offence that was caused, claiming the article had gone live without their knowledge and they removed it as soon as they were aware of it.</p>

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"Time to move on": Greg Norman lists incredible Jupiter Island home

<p><span>Greg Norman has re-listed his Jupiter Island Beach home for a mind-blowing US$59,900,000 ($A77.9 million) after spending over 14 years rebuilding it into the sanctuary it is today.</span><br /><br /><span>The Floridian paradise was first listed back in 2007 for $65 million ($A84.5 million) before he and his wife began rebuilding and renovating it.</span><br /><br /><span>The property was first purchased by the 65-year-old for $4.9 million ($A6.4 million) in 1991.</span><br /><br /><span>The property has since expanded by nearly 6,800 square feet.</span><br /><br /><span>The beautiful island includes eight houses in total — the main house, a coach house, a pool house, a tennis house, a boat house, a carriage house and a beach house — along with a 5,000-square-foot basement.</span><br /><br /><span>He told the <em>Miami Herald</em> that his real estate “vision was to create a sanctuary.”</span><br /><br /><span>The main house has 10 bedrooms and 13 bathrooms, along with beautiful oceanfront views and the utmost privacy.</span><br /><br /><span>“My wife and I feel it is time to move on after 30 years here,” Norman told the outlet.</span><br /><br /><span>“COVID-19 and the whole pandemic experience, with social distancing and being isolated from our families — most of whom live overseas — this past year has made us realise how short life truly is and has caused us to re-evaluate how and where we want to spend the rest of our lives.”</span><br /><br /><span>When talking about the home he said, “Memories here are numerous and endless, and they will be forever etched in our minds.”</span><br /><br /><span>The former world no. 1 won 89 professional tournaments in total, including 20 PGA Tour tournaments and the Open Championships in 1986 and 1993.</span><br /><br /><span>Norman would go on to make headlines in November when he described the COVID-19 symptoms that “kicked the crap” out of him.</span><br /><br /><span>“I am fit and strong and have a high tolerance for pain, but this [is] like nothing I have ever experienced before,” Norman wrote on Instagram at the time.</span></p>

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Matt Damon lists his $27.1 million zen-inspired Los Angeles home

<p><span>Hollywood heavyweight Matt Damon seems to be moving on from LA after listing his zen-inspired property for a whopping $27.1 million.</span><br /><br /><span>Mr. Damon is reportedly selling as he and his family want to make a base in New York City, according to Eric Haskell of The Agency.</span><br /><br /><span>The 50-year old is currently residing in Australia, but caused controversy when he received an exemption from quarantine in a NSW Hotel, and was instead allowed to isolate in a private residence.</span><br /><br /><span>Damon and his family are currently in Australia to film the Marvel blockbuster <em>Thor: Love and Thunder.</em></span><br /><br /><span>The LA home is situated in one of Pacific Palisades’ premiere streets, and is a home that is unlike any other.</span><br /><br /><span>With a mix of warm wood and stone, the zen paradise looks like something straight out of Hawaii.</span><br /><br /><span>“It’s like a tropical retreat,” Mr. Haskell said. “You don’t feel like you’re in Southern California anymore.”</span><br /><br /><span>The property boasts seven spacious bedrooms, 10 bathrooms and has a central atrium with a 10m vaulted mahogany ceiling and an open-plan living.</span><br /><br /><span>The beautiful home is also surrounded by lush landscaping, mature trees and sprawling grassy yards.</span><br /><br /><span>The backyard includes a children’s play area, large pool and spa, a waterfall, a koi pond and a large outdoor pavilion.</span><br /><br /><span>Other features include a game room, a bar, an office, a gym, a theatre room and a wine storage and tasting room.</span><br /><br /><span>The 50-year old and his wife Luciana Barroso purchased the LA home for US$15 million in 2012. </span></p>

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"That smell!": Permanent portaloo upsets neighbours

<p>NSW Central Coast residents are furious with their neighbour who abandoned a caravan and portaloo five years ago in their suburban street.</p> <p>The caravan is on an overgrown section on the street, but it's the portaloo that infuriates neighbours.</p> <p>"Disgusting, absolutely disgusting," neighbour Kylie Griffith told<span> </span><em>A Current Affair.</em></p> <p>"It looks like a bogan's house, like someone that doesn't care for it."</p> <p>Although things are bad now, they were worse when owner Hervander Bhandari was living there.</p> <p>He submitted plans to build a grand home after buying the site for $135,000 in 2014.</p> <p>"It was five storeys high," neighbour Stephen Crampton said.</p> <p>"The bricks turned up, the portaloo and virtually he was staying in it all the time."</p> <p>Neighbours were disgusted as they watched his personal routine, which included showering with a garden hose.</p> <p>That didn't bother them as much as the smell from the portaloo.</p> <p>"When he flushed the toilet, the water used to come back out of the port skip here and down the roadway, down his block of land into the neighbour's driveway, down the gutter and into the stormwater," Mr Crampton said.</p> <p>"It was disgusting. It was shocking. You would go, 'oh no, not again, that smell'.</p> <p>"We would have to have all our windows up and everything, we couldn't put up with it."</p> <p>Mr Crampton had enough and contacted the Central Coast Council, who instructed him to keep a diary of his movements.</p> <p>After enough evidence, the council took Mr Bhandari to the NSW Land and Environment Court, claiming that his living situation was illegal.</p> <p>Mr Bhandari told the court he has no interest in taking part in the case and it's currently understood that he has moved home to India.</p> <p>The Central Coast Council has said that Mr Bhandari has until January 17th to clean up the site before council moves in.</p> <p>Neighbours are upset at the decision as the council has told them they will only remove the portaloo, which means that the stack of bricks and the caravan will stay on the land.</p> <p>"They need to get rid of that stinking old caravan cause the smell is still here," Mr Crampton said.</p>

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Incredible detail in home listing goes viral

<p><span>While many who have sold a home would say it is no easy feat, they may not have considered providing the perfect addition to make sure the world sees it.</span><br /><br /><span>A US$1,689,000 (AU$2,196,000) home has hit the market, and while the large Californian property is a beauty in itself with a huge yard, five bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms – there was one special detail in the home photos that sent the listing absolutely viral.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CJlxPn5gd2M/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CJlxPn5gd2M/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Zillow Gone Wild (@zillowgonewild)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>Thirty of the 33 photos feature a small dog, whether lazing on the floor, propped sitting at the office desk or resting in the bathtub.</span><br /><br /><span>“This custom home features two master suites, grand living areas highlighted with open floorplans and towering ceilings, extensive redwood decking, 5-space garage with full bathroom, huge service-yard for trailers, boats and other big ‘toys’, and there’s even an apartment for your caretaker or guests. Lots and lots of extra ‘bells and whistles’ too,” the listing on Remax Accord reads.</span><br /><br /><span>The listing quickly became viral, with fans claiming they would “buy anything from that dog”, on the real estate Instagram account Zillow Gone Wild.</span><br /><br /><span>“This isn’t a house, it’s a home,” one person said.</span><br /><br /><span>“Does the dog come with the house or is this a no deal?” another asked.</span></p>

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