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Renée Zellweger sells sprawling Spanish Hacienda

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Actress Renée Zellweger is selling her private California ranch, prompting rumours she is making a sea change with her new beau.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Bridget Jones</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> and </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Judy</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> star has listed her 9-acre property for $USD 5,999,999 ($NZD $8,608,168), as </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.realtor.com/news/celebrity-real-estate/renee-zellweger-selling-her-haute-hacienda-in-topanga/" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">reports</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> of her romance with recently-divorced Ant Anstead have surfaced.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Anstead recently purchased a home in Laguna Beach, where Zellweger had </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://people.com/home/renee-zellweger-selling-spanish-style-l-a-home-for-6m-amid-ant-anstead-romance/" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">reportedly</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> been spending “a lot of time” with the British actor, a source told </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">PEOPLE</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/21540-Hillside-Dr_Topanga_CA_90290_M12624-99501" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">the listing</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, Zellweger has given her home a total, “down-to-the-studs” rebuild since purchasing it for $USD 3.35 million in 2015.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Enclosed by private gates, the sprawling “authentic Spanish Hacienda” home boasts views of the Topanga and Malibu hills from nearly every room and is surrounded by wilderness.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Inside, the home has four bedrooms, Venetian-plastered arches, three fireplaces, a media room, and a chef’s kitchen boasting top-of-the-line appliances.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The 410-square-metre home also includes a lounge room that opens out to a pool and patio, and is floored with hardwood and Spanish tiles.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The pool sits next to a spa tub and firepit in a large tiled area that offers a great spot for entertaining guests or soaking up the views.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Images: Getty Images, realtor.com</span></em></p>

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Sneak peek inside Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel's mega mansion up for sale

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Star couple Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dirt.com/gallery/entertainers/musicians/justin-timberlake-house-hollywood-hills-1203428497/justintimb-erlakehouse_hh14/" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">have listed</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> their swanky Hollywood Hills home for sale with the eye-watering price tag of $USD 35 million ($NZD 50 million).</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Timberlake first bought the sprawling Los Angeles property from actress Helen Hunt 20 years ago, dropping $USD 8.3 million at the time.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Since then, Biel and Timberlake have undertaken a complete renovation of the 10.2-acre property, with LA designer Estee Stanley designing the new rustic-modern interiors.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Inside, the home includes nine bedrooms and eleven bathrooms, as well as four fireplaces, a master bedroom with its own dressing room and bathroom, a gym, and an indoor cinema.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">An outdoor living area wraps around the outside of the house, offering views of the San Fernando Valley skyline.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The 13,500-square-feet home initially sat on a 3-acre lot, until the pop star acquired a vacant 7-acre lot behind the main residence for extra privacy.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The expanded grounds include a sweeping lawn, an 85-foot swimming pool and plunge pool, a lighted sports court, a vegetable garden, and a guesthouse.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Timberlake and Biel own several other properties across New York City, Nashville, and Montana.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Justin Paul Huchel and Drew Fenton of Hilton &amp; Hyland are the listing agents for the property, with the </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.hiltonhyland.com/property/3100-torreyson-pl-los-angeles-ca-90046/" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">listing</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> describing the home as a “one of a kind stately residence”.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Images: @jessicabiel / Instagram, Hilton &amp; Hyland</span></em></p>

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Home with personal railway sells for $2 million

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A popular home in the Adelaide suburb of Mount Osmond <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.realestate.com.au/news/mount-osmond-home-with-rad-railway-sells-in-2m-deal/" target="_blank">has been sold</a> in a multimillion-dollar deal and boasts a surprise feature: a life-size train track.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The property at 3 Stymie Place has an 80-metre railway that runs around the property and includes a 34-metre underground tunnel.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While many train enthusiasts were attracted to the property, selling agent Pat Schinella of Agency Avenue Schinellas revealed that the buyer wasn’t one of them.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We had quite a number of people showing interest in the property,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“A couple of people were train enthusiasts but it didn’t sell to anyone who was a train enthusiast.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Schinella said the buyer was a businessman who intended to move into the home with his family.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The buyer loved the garden and the views mostly,” Mr Schinella said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It was the views, the privacy, the gardens, the quality of the build - they could see that they could take it to another level.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I think they are probably going to leave the track there and maybe down the road purchase something to put on the track as a bit of a novelty.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As well as the novelty railway, the 2770 square-metre property includes a 700 square-metre home with up to five bedrooms, an indoor pool, spa, and sauna, and large indoor and outdoor living spaces.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The track was built by the previous owner, 95-year-old Bob Nash, who retired at 47 to take up model engineering.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While living in the home Mr Nash built seven steam trains and an electric tram - all from the property’s workshop.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s not a toy track, it’s a serious, fun track and children of all ages are capable of driving the tram - it is as simple as (pulling) a lever,” Mr Nash’s son Peter said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Anybody that jumps on it, whether you’re five or 55, it doesn’t matter - you get a bit of a buzz out of it.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though none of the trains or the tram were included in the sale, Mr Nash said compatible trains were commonly available.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The property’s sale came in as the second highest in the suburb, according to CoreLogic data.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, Mr Schinella said it was “the highest price achieved per square metre per allotment”.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Images: realestate.com.au</span></em></p>

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Inside Frank Sinatra's most-filmed mansion

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Frank Sinatra’s seven-bedroom, nine-bathroom home has been put on the market for a whopping $USD 21.5 million ($NZD 30.4 million).</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Fans of </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mad Men</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Californication</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dreamgirls</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> or </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ali</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> are sure to recognise the residence, which has been used as a backdrop for countless films and tv shows over the years.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Widely known as the Frank Sinatra Byrdview Estate, the singer called the 758-square-metre mansion home during the 1950s and 60s.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The home sits on 13.7 acres in Chatsworth, California, and overlooks the 1,325-acre Chatsworth Reservoir nature reserve.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Inside, the home has undergone a $USD 1 million renovation and boasts light wood accents set against white walls, floor-to-ceiling windows, and an open-plan design.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Along with a formal dining room and living room with a full bar, the house also features a deluxe ensuite that overlooks the backyard, a formal sitting room, and a piano room where Sinatra reportedly spent most of his time.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Outside, the home has a patio and a 15-metre swimming pool that includes its own wet bar.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The property also features a guest house where Marilyn Monroe reportedly stayed, which has its own backyard and pool, as well as a gym and massage room in a separate building.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credits: Boss Hunting</span></em></p>

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"Most expensive urban property in the world" to go under the hammer

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A sprawling home in Los Angele, nicknamed “The One”, is </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.9news.com.au/national/us-news-mega-mansion-once-worth-683-million-defaults-on-136-million-in-debt-forcing-a-sale/58a4d087-723c-428f-bbd4-f26f3238a755" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">expected to be sold</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> after the owner defaulted on $136 million in loans and debt.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dubbed America’s most expensive home, the 105,000-square-foot property developed by former film producer Nile Niami was expected to sell for $683 million, according to Niami.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But, after suffering delays and complications and racking up debt, Niami faces a court-ordered sale to pay his debts.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Niami bought the property for a cool $28 million, before partnering with architect Paul McClean to build “The One”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Original plans for the home included a cinema, four-lane bowling alley, beauty salon, five pools, a private nightclub, and a casino.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As for bedrooms, Niami planned for 20, with the largest being a 5,500 square-foot master suite, complete with its own office, pool, and kitchen.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite its original completion date being set for 2017, Niami borrowed $112.78 million from Hankey Capital in 2018 to continue building the home.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The design also underwent changes, with the number of bedrooms dropping to nine and plans for an extravagant jellyfish tank being dropped.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In March 2021, Hankey served a notice of default to Niami, who had 90 days to pay or negotiate the now $150 million debt, according to court documents.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With no payment as of July, the home was placed in court-ordered receivership, an alternative to foreclosure.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Theodore Lanes Management Services received the property, and is required to account for debts against the property, then selling it and repaying lenders and creditors with the proceeds.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite Niami promising the home was nearly complete in April, there is still some work to be done. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This includes a lack of gas service until a certificate of residence is issued, and an empty space where a commercial-grade catering kitchen was expected to be installed, after the permit to build it was denied.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s a pretty extensive list [of issues],” Lanes told </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">CNN Business</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The home also has more than $2 million in unpaid taxes and invoices for concrete, air conditioning, and scaffolding, according to Lanes.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This is a very complicated property with quite a few open issues,” Lanes said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“At present, the focus is to obtain complete insurance and develop a timeline and budget to secure the certificate of occupancy in order to maximise value and to make the property more marketable.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Speaking to </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/us-news/americas-most-expensive-home-the-24958036" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">NBC</span></a></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, Lanes said, “What I would love to see happen is that the house gets completed, the certificate of occupancy is awarded and we have an orderly sale that maximises the value.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Hopefully, there will be sufficient proceeds from the sale to fund the secured and unsecured creditors and for the equity to realise some value.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Images: nileniami / Instagram, Bel Air Mansion</span></em></p>

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Nicole Kidman’s TV home up for rental as Airbnb

<p>Nicole Kidman is a titan Hollywood actress, and now her TV retreat has been put up on Airbnb!</p> <p>Her latest series,<span> </span><em>9 Perfect Strangers,<span> </span></em>is filled with suspense, mystery and intrigue – all factors of what makes up a perfect TV programme for viewers to dig into while stuck in lockdown.</p> <p>With major Hollywood including Kidman, Melissa McCarthy and Asher Keddie, it is no wonder how the show has managed to capture the hearts of a nation.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843777/9-perfect-strangers-3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/dca9880049c241cea7a426416507e76b" /></p> <p>The unbelievable property, Soma Retreat, is tucked neatly into the Byron Bay hinterland, and has proven to be the perfect backdrop for the characters in the newly released adaption of Liane Moriarty’s Nine Perfect Strangers.</p> <p>Kidman’s character, Masha, runs a mysterious wellness getaway for rich city folk.</p> <p>And now, the owners of the retreat are allowing the public to spend a night at the extraordinary retreat, for $6500 a night.</p> <p>The place can fit up to 16 people and even has a fully fitted space that can be used as a yoga retreat, or an interesting hang out spot.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843781/9-perfect-strangers-7.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ef01a4d5e4d04c63881e4233ec5b5d00" /></p> <p>The rental even has a sauna, magnesium ice bath, and a custom-made Zen garden.</p> <p>Staff and services can be booked at an extra cost too, including massages and meditation courses. </p> <p>In the show, Soma is dubbed Tranquillum House and is touted as a place for people to change their lives for the better.</p>

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Angelina Jolie selling iconic French Chateau for $61 million

<p><span>Angelina Jolie is selling her estate in Provence, France, after several legal issues.</span></p> <p><span>The actress filed for divorce from fellow actor Brad Pitt over five years ago, yet the couple remain linked due to the glorious French Chateau that was once a blessing, but now a plague for them.</span></p> <p><span>The pair purchased the estate back in 2008, for a reported €45 million (AUD $72 million).</span></p> <p><span>The incredible property includes several residential and non-residential structures, from a rundown, adorable chapel to a high-functioning farm.</span></p> <p><span>What gave the chateau a firm reputation, other than its high-profile owners, was its glorious pink wine which won them Wine Spectator’s award for best rosé in the world, back in 2013.</span></p> <p><span>Jolie claims since the couple split back in 2016, Pitt has prevented her from selling the estate.</span></p> <p><span>In June, the mother-of-four even went so far as to file a petition to ask the judge to lift the order that prevents a transfer of assets so she could finally be rid of the property.</span></p> <p><span>Considering the couple purchased the estate prior to their nuptials in 2014, Jolie’s lawyers say the glorious French chateau should solely be considered hers.</span></p> <p><span>“After all these years of trying to extricate herself from being business partners with her ex-husband on acceptable financial terms, Ms. Jolie is extremely desirous of closing the pending agreement for the sale of Nouvel, LLC, and requests that the Court issue an order lifting the ATROs and specifying that they shall not apply to Ms. Jolie’s sale of Nouvel, LLC,” the actress’ legal team stated in a document that was obtained by <em>Us Weekly.</em></span></p> <p><span>The rumour mill has claimed the actress has plans to sell it to a willing buyer for an estimate of USD $61 million.</span></p>

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Michelle Pfeiffer flips luxe home for multi-million profit

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Hollywood actress Michelle Pfeiffer has made a $3.85 million profit in her latest property flip.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The star sold her Pacific Palisades home in Los Angeles to an unidentified buyer for $USD 25 million ($NZD 36 million) just 18 months after purchasing it for $USD 22.5 million.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This isn’t the first home Ms Pfeiffer and her husband, David Kelley, have flipped, selling properties for $USD 22 million in 2019 and $USD 9 million in January last year, according to the </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://nypost.com/2021/08/19/michelle-pfeiffers-pacific-palisades-home-sells-for-25m/" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">New York Post</span></a></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The home, designed by architect Steve Giannetti in 2019, sits on 3000 sqm and includes seven bedrooms and 10.5 bathrooms.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With exposed ceiling beams, pocket doors, floor-to-ceiling fireplaces, large balconies, and arched doorways, the home offers a suite of luxury finishes.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The kitchen range, imported from France, is part of a dining area that seamlessly opens up to the outdoor space.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Outside the house, there is a pool with a deck that offers views of the Riviera Country Club, the neighbouring golf course, and the Pacific Ocean.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Alongside that there is a hot tub, an outdoor dining area, and a greenhouse-style artist studio that sits under the pool deck and comes with its own private sitting area.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Beneath the mansion is the wine cellar, with its own tasting area and enough storage space for around 500 bottles, which sits next door to a home theatre.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Images: Michelle Pfeiffer / Instagram, Realtor.com</span></em></p>

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Bought for $225k, sold for $43 million

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Three siblings from southeast Melbourne have become multi-millionaires overnight after selling their family’s former pea farm in Officer.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The life changing sale saw the siblings sell the 12.3 hectare Rix Road block for $43 million last week - $11 million above the reserve price - after attracting local and international developers looking to snap up the urban growth zone site.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to CoreLogic records, the property last sold in 1988 for just $225,000.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843065/farm.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/b2166570146d461781ba882a30749666" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: realestate.com.au</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sun Herald</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> reported that the siblings and their elderly mother were the beneficiaries of the trio’s late stepfather’s estate, which included the land.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">CBRE agent David Minty, who brokered the sale along with fellow CBRE agents, said the three siblings were aged in their 50s and had “standard” day jobs.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“They weren’t wealthy people so this is completely life changing for them,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s a really special sale just knowing how life changing it is for this particular family. You go from a simple day job, you don’t have a huge amount of money, and all of a sudden you’ve got a sizable sum. They’ve always been a private, courteous and respectful family. They may just maintain their same lifestyles - they’re not flashy people.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Minty said the land had formerly been used to grow peas, and he believed the siblings’ grandfather had worked as a farmer for former Governor-General and federal minister Lord Richard Casey, which the City of Casey was named after.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Developers YouLand and Satterley have projects surrounding the block, but YourLand, backed by Japanese company Nippon, was able to secure the sale.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We’re experiencing strong demand from developers looking to secure development pipelines in this region, which is unlikely to be satisfied in a market which is very short on appropriately zoned or earmarked landholdings,” said Mr Murfale, who also brokered the deal.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It is understood that the buyer paid more than it hoped for, having first offered the family $27 million off-market last year.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The sale price smashes all metrics achieved for a development site sale in Officer, representing a record rate of $3.65 million per hectare,” Mr Minty said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Whether it’s a shift in mindset with COVID, with people wanting to live out in the areas and buy their own house and set up their families, [the demand is] just quite extraordinary.”</span></p>

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Take a peek inside Harry and Meghan's $20 million mansion

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Since stepping down from their royal duties, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have settled down in the star-studded neighbourhood of Montecito in Santa Barbara county, California.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Facing the ocean, Montecito is well-known for its calm climate and community of outdoors-loving, health-oriented residents.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Oprah Winfrey, and Ellen Degeneres frequenting and living in the area, Harry and Meghan’s new home is just as glamorous.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sitting on 14,500 square feet of sweeping lawns and greenery, the mansion features nine bedrooms, 16 bathrooms, wrap-around bookshelves, a marble bathroom and a cinema.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The outside of the home is surrounded by tiered rose gardens, century-old olive trees, a tennis court, a children’s cottage, and a pondside teahouse.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The house, built with hand-cut Santa Barbara stone, is also covered in climbing ivy.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Take a look inside Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s palatial Montecito mansion.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though these photos come from Zillow’s previous listings of the home, it is likely that the couple have since renovated or redecorated the house’s interior.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Images: Zillow</span></em></p>

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Couple makes shocking discovery in farmhouse walls

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though Sara Weaver and her husband expected to put some work into their new home in Pennsylvania, they didn’t expect the 450,000 bees that had been living in the walls for 35 years.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The couple bought the 1872 farmhouse in December last year.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The seller’s disclosure mentioned there were bees living in the walls, but the couple found that the buzzing insects didn’t pose much of a threat when they bought the home.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“On the seller’s disclosure it said ‘bees in wall’ and that was it,” Weaver said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I think because one, we didn’t see them and two, we were just so floored that we actually found land in the [school] district that was within our price range that I didn’t really ask any questions about those bees.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I didn’t think it would be that big of an issue.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It didn’t even cross my mind, but when spring arrived that’s when we started to see them.”</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842964/bees.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a2e8ea1bf244480e8ccb3f783354cc04" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: CNN</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When they bought the home, the seller was no longer living in the house and it had fallen into a poor state.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The condition this house was in was horrendous,” Weaver said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It was so dirty and now that I’m thinking about it, I originally thought it was dirt on the windows that I cleaned but it was probably honey because there were drip marks.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though the couple didn’t do a home inspection at the time, Weaver admits that they should have in hindsight.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">They now have to fork out $NZD 16,766 to remove the bees and reconstruct the home.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Weavers found Allan Lattanzi, a general contractor and professional experienced beekeeper, to take on the task.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But, when he arrived at the home, he realised he had been there before.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Four years prior, he had been called to the property by the previous owner, but she couldn’t bear the cost of removing them and ended up selling the home.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Lattanzi estimates that 450,000 bees were living in the walls of the farmhouse.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height:0px;" src="/nothing.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ce3e925104b44616afba383da0360a01" /><img style="width: 500px; height:281.3636363636364px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842968/210802100229-01-pa-honeybee-removal-trnd-super-169.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ce3e925104b44616afba383da0360a01" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: CNN</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Over a week, Lattanzi removed each tile from the portion of the home the bees occupied, and found the queen on Friday.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He has since relocated the three honeybee colonies that were in the home, to Yerkes Honey Farm, his farm where he houses honeybees in man-made hives.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The bees were docile for a colony that has been there for a while,” Lattanzi said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Normally when a colony is in a dwelling for a while they’re usually defensive.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Normally when I pull a slate tile off a house I’m instantaneously covered in very defensive bees attacking me, but most of these girls were pretty docile,” he explained.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Throughout the entire process, I may have only gotten stung five or six times.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Weavers are currently renting the home out to tenants, with plans to eventually move into the house themselves in the future.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Images: CNN</span></em></p>

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Bin Laden's notorious Pink Palace up for sale

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ibrahim bin Laden, Osama bin Laden’s brother, has listed his Bel Air mansion for sale, with an asking price of $AUD 38.1 million ($US 28 million) according to the </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://nypost.com/2021/07/30/osama-bin-ladens-bel-air-estate-is-on-sale-for-28m/" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">New York Post</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Property records show that Ibrahim, the older half-brother of the late terrorist, has owned the property for nearly four decades.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When he purchased the Mediterranean-style mansion in 1983, Ibrahim spent $US 163,000 at the time - equating to roughly $US 5.5 million after adjusting for inflation.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, the home has been unoccupied since the September 11 attacks in 2001.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ibrahim was vacationing overseas at the time of the attack, but never returned to the US.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The listing describes the home as “ready for redoing, owner has not been here for over 20 years”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Since the property has been long abandoned, interior photos of the home are hard to find, and the hefty price tag is based on “land value only” and location, rather than the state of the home itself.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The almost 100-year-old home, in the prestigious lower Bel Air neighbourhood, spans 600 sqm and sits on more than 8100 sqm of land.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The seven-bedroom, five-bathroom mansion was built in 1931 and features an unusual exterior of concrete that has been painted pink.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The property was previously owned by Hollywood producer Arthur Freed, who produced </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Wizard of Oz</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">An American in Paris</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, and </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Singin’ in the Rain</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ibrahim lived in the home with his former wife, Christine Hartunian Sinay, and employed “full-time groundskeepers, household help, chauffeurs, and private security”, according to Steve Coll’s biography, </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in the American Century</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Images: Realtor.com</span></em></p>

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Jimmy Barnes lists ENORMOUS warehouse home

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Rockstar Jimmy Barnes and Jane Barnes are selling their Botany warehouse residence at auction on August 28.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The decision comes as the family has been spending almost all of their time at their longtime home in the Southern Highlands.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The four-bedroom, four-bathroom property has been listed through Firmstone Pappas Properties and MyPlace, and is expected to sell for over $4 million.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The family bought the property for a hefty $1.6 million in 2004, which had received a $400,000 makeover from the previous owner, including the installation of a full recording studio.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Since first purchasing the warehouse, the former Cold Chisel frontman has had renovation works undertaken, including the addition of a second soundproof studio.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The home also features an overscale kitchen, a cinema lounge, a private front courtyard with undercover spaces for three vehicles, and a separate first-floor residence with its own kitchen, dining area, and lounge room.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The home is walking distance from Botany shops, public transport, cafes and schools, as well as a park and aquatic centre.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Images: Jimmy Barnes / Instagram, Firmstone Pappas Properties</span></em></p>

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“Almost magical”: Oprah quietly sells luxe estate for $20 million

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Oprah Winfrey has quietly sold one of her investment properties for a cool $US 14 million ($NZD 20 million).</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The sale of the former talk show star’s waterfront estate on Washington’s remote Orcas Island was recorded on Tuesday and conducted off market, according to vice president of Coldwell Banker Bain’s global luxury division Jen Cameron, who represented the buyer.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“There was a rumour that the property might be for sale or the seller might consider selling it,” Ms Cameron said. “And so, with the interested party, we approached the representative to see if that was true - and that’s pretty much how it went.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Winfrey bought the 43-acre estate known as Madroneagle in 2018, paying $US 8.3 million ($NZD 11.9 million).</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The property includes a 950 square metre mansion which Winfrey has remodelled, as well as several other houses, a greenhouse, a 800-metre beach, a shop, and a mother-in-law apartment.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Windermere broker Wally Gudgell represented Winfrey in the sale, and dealt with her property manager and fitness guru Bob Greene both for the original purchase and the latest deal.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“They just figured she’s too busy and never going to really use it, and that’s why they were willing to sell it,” Mr Gudgell said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The home also features a slew of luxury amenities, including a wet bar, wine cellar, decorative wood-fire pizza oven, and heated floors.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“There are very few properties as magnificent as this,” Ms Cameron said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I know what went into it - the thoughtfulness, the detail, the architecture, the quality. The home is so special in itself, but the whole property is magnificent.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“There’s a reverence in it - a place where you go to restore yourself and rejuvenate. It’s incredibly magical.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I was really excited that somebody would have interest in really opening this property and making memories there.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The buyer of the home is listed in property records as Lophodytes LLC, but Ms Cameron declined to comment on their identity.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Images: A.J. Canaria and John Duffy / Puget Sound Business Journal</span></em></p>

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