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"Walk the rooms": Inside the house that Johnny Cash built

<p>Johnny Cash's former home has hit the market, with the California property expected to sell for up to $1.8 million.</p> <p>Cash, who passed away in 2003 at the age of 71, shared the property with his first wife, Vivian Liberto, and the home is adorned with the relics of Johnny's love for music.</p> <p>The house features a wood-panelled recording studio, wall-mounted turn tables and a country motif living room.</p> <p>The artist reportedly built the 4,500 sq. ft. home in Casitas Springs, California, back in 1961 as an escape from his demanding lifestyle.</p> <p>Johnny and Vivian, along with their three daughters, spent six years in the homestead retreat, which was rumoured to be built to Cash's exact wishes.</p> <p>According to the listing agents of Douglas Elliman, "Johnny bought the land and built the house to his exact specifications, walking the rooms and deciding on exact placement and layout. He created a secluded sanctuary, unique to this rural small-town enclave. Longtime locals recount stories of Johnny setting up speakers on the hillside outside the house and playing concerts for the townspeople down below."</p> <p>Inside the five bedroom home, most rooms remain original to Johnny and Vivian's vision, with painted ceilings featuring a touch of glitter, an original wall-mounted turntable and intercom system, and curved brick fireplace in the family room.</p> <p>Despite a modern uplift in the his and hers suites, the property is undeniably Cash's with custom wood built-ins, exposed brick walls, natural wooden beams and a country motif living room.</p> <p>The grounds are equally mesmerizing with live oaks, verdant gardens, a sparkling swimming pool, and corrals and fields ready for horses, pigs, goats, chickens or other rural uses.</p> <p><em>Image credits: Douglas Elliman Realty</em></p>

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Supermodel Kristy Hinze Clark makes super profit on Florida mansion

<p dir="ltr">Kristy Hinze Clark and her husband, American tech titan Jim Clark, have just sold their sprawling Florida home for a record-breaking sum.</p> <p dir="ltr">The couple’s 16-acre home in Palm Beach is expected to sell for more than $US 175 million ($NZD 279 million) in an off-market deal, according to <em><a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-billionaire-bought-a-florida-home-for-94-2-million-last-year-now-hes-selling-it-for-around-175-million-11655323328" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Wall Street Journal</a></em>, in a deal far exceeding Florida’s current sales record of $US 130 million.</p> <p dir="ltr">Hinz Clark and her billionaire husband are set to make around $US 81 million ($NZD 129 million) from the sale, which was a “spur of the moment purchase” 15 months ago.</p> <p dir="ltr">According to <a href="https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/2000-S-Ocean-Blvd_Lantana_FL_33462_M57433-88058" target="_blank" rel="noopener">property records</a>, the oceanfront home was bought by the couple on March 8, 2021, for $US 94,173,300 ($NZD 150,418,303), when they thought they were going to live in Florida most of the time.</p> <p dir="ltr">Mr Clark told the Wall Street Journal that, although they fell in love with the aesthetics and other features the home offered, they decided to stay in New York and enrol their two daughters there.</p> <p dir="ltr">“In the end, we sort of thought, ‘How much will we come down here?’” he recalled. “I knew there was someone who wanted it and I beat them to it so I thought, ‘Let’s see if they want it again’.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Boasting a total of 30 bedrooms spread across the 12-bedroom main home, two four-bedroom beachside cottages, the seven-bedroom Mango House, and a guest or staff house comprised of four studios.</p> <p dir="ltr">Other luxe features include a swimming pool, tennis court, golfing area, half-basketball court, fitness centre, and a spa, as well as access to a dock and pier on Lake Worth.</p> <p dir="ltr">The home itself has 360-degree views and is surrounded by 1200 feet of beach facing the Atlantic, and 1300 feet of frontage on the lake.</p> <p dir="ltr">According to the listing from its 2021 sale, the home is also within a “singular microclimate” created by the Gulf Stream, meaning it is treated to “refreshing breezes and warmer waters, even when cooler weather prevails in Miami”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“These unique conditions allowed for the creation of extensive botanical gardens that showcase neqarly 1,500 tropical species that replicate a ‘walk through the Caribbean’,” the listing reads.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Look, it’s a phenomenal property,” Mr Clark said. “You can’t find anything like that in Florida.”</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-edce07b8-7fff-9f42-4baa-b880783b24ea"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Getty Images, Realtor</em></p>

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"Getting onto the wait list is a battle in itself": insiders on what it takes to get social housing

<p>Social housing has become extremely difficult to access; in 2021 around <a href="https://cityfutures.ada.unsw.edu.au/documents/685/Waithood_paper.pdf">160,000 households</a> were on the waiting list.</p> <p>To have any chance of getting a social housing spot in a reasonable time frame, applicants must be on the priority waiting list; people on the general waiting list <a href="https://www.facs.nsw.gov.au/housing/help/applying-assistance/expected-waiting-times">may never get social housing</a>. </p> <p>However, to get on the priority list, applicants need to</p> <ul> <li>have complex needs</li> <li>not be in a position to rent privately and</li> <li>be in danger <a href="https://www.facs.nsw.gov.au/housing/help/applying-assistance/waiting-times">of becoming homeless</a></li> <li>show they have tried to find private rental accommodation.</li> </ul> <p>In short, they have to prove they are massively disadvantaged.</p> <p>To find out more, we interviewed 43 people involved in the social housing application process in NSW, Tasmania and Queensland. This included assessment workers, support workers and government staff.</p> <p>Our <a href="https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14036096.2022.2085169">study</a>, published in the journal Housing, Theory and Society, found an applicant’s chances of getting on the priority waiting list are much greater if they have help from advocates who know what arguments to make and how. </p> <p>Success can depend on whether advocates can invest a significant amount of emotional effort to help the applicant and connect them to professionals who can track down supporting documentation.</p> <h2>‘An overwhelming process’</h2> <p>The application form for social housing is demanding.</p> <p>In NSW it requires answering 31 questions and – depending on the applicant’s situation – up to 18 supporting documents. </p> <p>Completing the form optimally requires a fair amount of literacy and “cultural capital” – things such as presenting and speaking “well” or being able to draw on the benefits of a good education.</p> <p>Claire (all names used are pseudonyms), a NSW community housing provider worker, said even understanding the application form is challenging, "I think sometimes it’s the interpretation of what is actually required. What are they asking in this question? And if you don’t have the context of why that question is being asked, sometimes it can be very difficult to know how much information to put [in]. Do I just skip it or […] what do I do with that [question], or what does that even mean?"</p> <p>Jess, an assessment team manager in Tasmania, said, "… [the] majority would need assistance and do get help from supports, family and advocates, as it is onerous. Also literacy, language interpretation would be an issue, especially for lower socio-economic cohorts."</p> <p>James, an assessment worker in NSW, said some applicants simply abandon the process, "It’s really an overwhelming process […] Sometimes people will say, “You know […] this is too much. Forget about it.”</p> <p>Marie, a Queensland homelessness worker, said, "It’s more common that they won’t know how to do the process, and so I’ll go through it with them. I assist them with identifying well-being barriers, complete the application with them, get it, and then when it’s approved, also do community housing applications with them if they wish."</p> <h2>The challenge of gathering ‘evidence’</h2> <p>Producing evidence of clients’ vulnerabilities is potentially challenging. </p> <p>Karim, a homelessness support worker in Queensland, said, "So, getting onto the wait list, that is a battle in itself, right? [Part of that is] getting people document ready […] So, say someone is on the streets, we know they are very, very unwell, but they don’t have documents to prove that. We have done the housing application, it’s gone to department of housing and they’re waiting for further information, because this person’s checked that they have chronic health issues. So [the department] want medical documents or confidential medical report from the GP. This person does not have a GP. What do we do? We try and link them in with the GP, take them there […]"</p> <p>Lots of people, their stuff’s stolen. They’re more worried about where the next meal is coming from instead of worrying about IDs. So getting ID documents, medical documents to go along with the housing application, to get it approved, is the first battle."</p> <p>Susan, a women’s refuge worker in Sydney, said, "Every question has […] evidence requirements […] and they have to gather all of that and you know obviously just gathering all of that is a challenge […] But that’s definitely something that we support them with; to get all the support letters and stuff in order."</p> <p>In Queensland and NSW, an applicant who needs social housing because they are fleeing domestic violence needs to provide substantiation.</p> <p>Susan told us, "The types of documents people would have to collect for this question are copies of AVOs (apprehended violence orders), police event numbers, doctor reports (GP or psychiatrist), support letters from social services. So, as you can imagine, these are quite onerous as many people don’t report to police or perhaps their doctor doesn’t record the injuries as resulting from violence. On top of that, if they’ve just experienced violence they might not feel like running around."</p> <h2>Emotional capital: care, empathy and compassion</h2> <p>Working with vulnerable people requires empathy and compassion. </p> <p>Avril, an assessment worker in Tasmania, said, "So much of it is about rapport. These people who are often really sick of systems, really sick of them and they don’t want to divulge their entire life to someone that they’ve just met once. They don’t want to sit still in a small room for an hour and a half."</p> <p>"What we’ve found is that by having Pat, she’s our specialist rough sleeper front door worker, [and] is based in services that they know and frequent. She’s known to them and they do tend to [open up] bit by bit."</p> <p>Jill, an ex-manager in a community housing provider in NSW, explained, "Also refugees or people who are trauma, torture survivors, DFV (domestic and family violence) survivors […] experience additional layers and complexities in applying."</p> <p>"Whilst the system aims to only ask a client to tell their story once and not multiple times, this is not always possible. So it adds further challenges to these applicants and brings up the trauma again, especially if not handled well by untrained staff."</p> <p>Applying for social housing is fraught, onerous and competitive; applicants have to “prove” their vulnerability is greater than others.</p> <p>Assistance from skilled advocates clearly helps get you on the priority wait list, which begs the question: what hope do others have?</p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p> <p><em>This article originally appeared on <a href="https://theconversation.com/getting-onto-the-wait-list-is-a-battle-in-itself-insiders-on-what-it-takes-to-get-social-housing-184838" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Conversation</a>. </em></p>

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Greta Garbo's eccentric former home hits the market

<p>Hollywood icon Greta Garbo's former New York home has hit the market for an impressive $7.25 million. </p> <p>The stunning three-bedroom, three-bathroom Manhattan apartment retains many of her personal touches and eccentric furnishings, making it stand out from other luxury homes. </p> <p>The apartment last sold for $8.5 million in 2017 after a fierce bidding war, with many fans of the Swedish-American actress expected to be vying for the property this time around. </p> <p>The home boasts large picture windows with spectacular views of the East River, which was said to have reminded Greta of her native Stockholm.</p> <p>It also includes a newly renovated kitchen, dining room, many living areas, and numerous bathrooms, with most rooms boasting an impressive chandelier. </p> <p>The living room – which was Greta's favorite space – includes a gas fireplace and an attached den, while French doors at the far end open to a lovely balcony cooled by river breezes.</p> <p>The primary bedroom suite features Greta's beloved rose-hued Fortuny silk walls and headboard, while a second bedroom includes a pink-and-green-accented V'Soske rug personally designed by the movie star.</p> <p>Greta, who was best known for her roles in <em>A Woman of Affairs</em>, <em>Anna Christie</em>, <em>Romance</em>, and <em>Camille</em>,  died in 1990 at the age of 85, but retired from acting when she was just 35, leading a private life in her New York apartment for 50 years.</p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images / Compass Real Estate</em></p>

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Inside the house where you can swing from room to room

<p>Dubbed ‘Disney World for adults’ by the selling agent, the owners of this interesting resort style home have dropped the price by AUD $946,400 (USD$700,000) in hopes someone will finally buy the property after a long 18 months on the market.</p> <p>Real estate agent Colleen Henninger of City Center Realty recently re-listed the unusual family home on real estate site Zillow, where it gained huge interest thanks to its design.</p> <p>It’s a fusion between African safari, American wild west, Tarzan's lair and a ride at a Disney resort.</p> <p>For AUD $1.6 million (USD $1.2 million ), the home could be all yours. The outside of this two-storey home features timber and rock walls, while inside you will find massive exposed timber beams, corrugated iron walls and wrought iron walkways connecting the rooms, which are separated by a massive internal void.</p> <p>A life-sized carved timber elephant is on display in the downstairs living room, while a statue of a pirate guards the upstairs area.</p> <p>There is also an elevated stage complete with drum kit and ropes to swing from end to end if you’re feeling like something different.</p> <p>The three-bedroom, three bathroom home in the Los Angeles suburb of Lakewood, California, first hit the market in October 2020, with an asking price of USD $1.9 million (AUD $2.57 million). However, after failing to sell and a brief stint as a rental on Airbnb where it was leasing for USD $730 per night, the owners have decided to drop the asking price.</p> <p>Henninger, who is a friend of the owners, says there had been a great deal of interest in the home, but the majority of those who inspected the property just wanted to look and had no intention of buying.</p> <p>"It's a great house. It's like Disney World," she said. "It was built with fun in mind.</p> <p>It's a unique home and it's going to need a unique buyer. You go in and you either love it or hate it. It needs someone who wants to entertain guests and have fun."</p> <p>Of course if you do get bored, the home is within driving distance to Disneyland Resort, Anaheim which is a short 20 kilometres away.</p> <p><em>Images: Domain</em></p>

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Hugh Jackman's NYC "triplex" attracts big looks and bigger bucks

<p>Hugh Jackman has listed his beautiful New York City apartment for sale.</p> <p>The five-bedroom West Village ‘triplex’ – a dwelling composed of three units – has just hit the market for $US38.9 million (A$56.1m).</p> <p>The seven-bathroom pad boasts more than 1,020 square metres of floor space and has stunning views over the nearby Hudson River and the city itself. Jackman has owned the home since 2008, when he paid $US21m for it.</p> <p>The interesting home was designed by renowned architect Richard Meier, who has made his name with a series of projects including the Getty Centre in Los Angeles. Meier designed the building and also personally designed Jackman’s apartment.</p> <p>“He had done the interior of the apartment for the previous owner,” Deborah Grubman, who shares the listing with fellow Corcoran brokers David Adler and Paul Albano said. .</p> <p>Through its wall-to-wall windows, the apartment looks down upon the Hudson River and out onto the New York skyline.</p> <p>The unit spans the building’s 8th, 9th, and 10th floors. On the 8th, there’s an enormous recreation room and four bedrooms, all with ensuite baths, as well as a guest bedroom with a half bath.</p> <p>On the 9th, there’s the double-height great room, as well as a home office with a gas fireplace, the kitchen and a dining area.</p> <p>The 10th floor is dedicated to the primary bedroom and its spa-like bath, dressing rooms and a sauna, as well as an exercise area. Every floor has a terrace and they are all connected by a spiral staircase.</p> <p>New York City has enjoyed a post-Covid real estate revival, with Jackman’s pad joining a number of top-end listings that have hit the market this year.</p> <p><em>Image: Real Estate</em></p>

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Madonna to offload home with a huge price tag

<p dir="ltr">Madonna’s nine-bedroom Los Angeles home has hit the market with an eye-watering price tag of $US 26 million ($NZ 40.2 million).</p> <p dir="ltr">The pop megastar bought the sprawling estate in the Hidden Hills, California, from Canadian singer, The Weeknd, last year, dropping $US 19.3 million ($NZ 29.8 million).</p> <p dir="ltr">Sitting on nearly three acres, the home sits beyond a driveway lined with olive trees and a “storybook bridge” according to the <a href="https://www.thebeverlyhillsestates.com/listing/24220-long-valley-rd-3/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">listing</a>, and boasts a range of upgrades.</p> <p dir="ltr">Interior features include a foyer filled with natural light from two-storey walls of windows, a great room with an indoor-outdoor bar, an outdoor living room, a formal dining room with a fireplace and glass wine cellar, a home theatre and music lounge.</p> <p dir="ltr">Out of the nine bedrooms, seven come with an ensuite, including the primary ensuite which boasts dual closets, a steam shower and a stone bath.</p> <p dir="ltr">Heading outside, the property includes a two-bedroom, two-bathroom guest house with a full kitchen, a barn housing a gym and dance studio, a zero-edge saltwater pool, a spa that can fit over 10 people, and a full-size basketball court, all surrounded by grassy lawns and sunny hillsides.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-5ab7d6cc-7fff-a035-e0c4-2fb6171bb148"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: @madonna (Instagram), The Beverly Hills Estates</em></p>

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Inside Amber Heard's remote desert hideaway

<p>We've all learnt an awful lot about Johnny Depp and Amber Heard in light of the recent, very public trial.</p> <p>As the trial has <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/verdict-reached-in-depp-versus-heard-trial" target="_blank" rel="noopener">reached its conclusion,</a> yet another interesting piece of information about Heard has made its way into the public domain.</p> <p>Reportedly, the 36-year-old actor confirmed in her opening testimony that she lives in a sleepy town called Yucca Valley, which is located in the beautiful Mojave Desert. The town is roughly 200-kilometres east of Los Angeles and the rural locale is not a place where you'll find many A-listers.</p> <p>The locale only has about 22,000 residents total, and it's known for its art culture, as well as its proximity to celebrated places like Joshua Tree, Coachella and Palm Springs.</p> <p>The house itself was purchased by Heard in 2019; however, property records show the abode was bought through a trust attached to Heard's accountant.</p> <p>Costing USD $570,000 ($795,000) at the time, the unique 2015-built residence hoasts three bedrooms, three bathrooms and sits on 24,281-square-metres of arid but beautiful land.</p> <p>Features include a large open-plan kitchen, living and dining area with vaulted ceilings, fireplace and floor to ceiling windows that no doubt provide Heard with exceptional views of the surrounding desert.</p> <p>Another distinct benefit of the property is a custom 34-metres bridge that enables occupants to cross a dried-up creek and access an elevated gazebo perched on a rocky hill.</p> <p>Although Heard purchased the property back in 2019, the mother-of-one only started living in the house earlier this year.</p> <p><em>Image: Domain</em></p>

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Dreaming of greener pastures? You could be paid to move to the Scottish countryside

<p dir="ltr"> If you’ve ever wanted an excuse to start afresh in a remote area on the other side of the world, you could be in luck - and you could even be paid to do it.</p> <p dir="ltr">In a bid to boost the populations of Orkney and the Isle of Skye, the Scottish government has been handing out up to £50,000 ($88,000 or $NZ 97 thousand) to people who are willing to make the move to the countryside.</p> <p dir="ltr">According to its mission statement, the Island Bond fund was created to support island residents to stay in their community and encourage others to move there, with financial support totalling £5 million ($AU 8.77 or 9.66 million NZ) split between 100 households.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We launched the Islands Bond consultation on 2 August 2021, providing an opportunity for our island residents in particular to identify the key challenges that a bond may be able to respond to.”</p> <p dir="ltr">As well as boosting local populations, it’s also hoped that the scheme encourages new residents to start new businesses in the region, giving the local economy a boost.</p> <p dir="ltr">However, local residents and councillors on Orkney have shared their reservations about the scheme, including Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Liam McArthur.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-6c7718c8-7fff-41df-b161-d4c5a4d61f91"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">“Rather than offering bribes to individuals, which could prove divisive, Scottish Ministers should commit to investing in projects that benefit whole island communities such as new ferries or faster broadband,” he wrote on Twitter.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Rather than offering bribes to individuals, which could prove divisive, Scottish Ministers should commit to investing in projects that benefit whole island communities such as new ferries or faster broadband. <a href="https://t.co/EJLI1HRGKz">https://t.co/EJLI1HRGKz</a></p> <p>— Liam McArthur MSP (@Liam4Orkney) <a href="https://twitter.com/Liam4Orkney/status/1528711611665489928?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 23, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">“The proposed islands bond is set to benefit only a small minority,” he explained, per <em><a href="https://www.tyla.com/news/scottish-island-50k-20220525" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tyla.com</a></em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It also has the potential to open up divisions rather than tackle the root causes of depopulation in island communities.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Despite reservations, the program has already been well-received, with <em>Tyla.com</em> reporting that applications have come from as far away as South America.</p> <p dir="ltr">To find out more about the scheme, head to the Rural and Islands Housing Fund (RIHF) website <a href="https://www.mygov.scot/rural-housing-fund" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-cf8e1e26-7fff-68a3-969d-81bf484e6fb7"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Getty Images</em></p>

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Sydney icon to be returned to Aboriginal owners

<p dir="ltr">A historic decision has been made to return one of Sydney harbour's iconic landmarks to its Indigenous custodians.</p> <p dir="ltr">The NSW government has begun the official transfer process for Me-Mel Island - also known as Goat Island - which will be accompanied by a nearly $43 million revitalisation of the island.</p> <p dir="ltr">NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet described the achievement as a “personal priority”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Returning Me-Mel to the Aboriginal community is the right thing to do, and it helps deliver on my commitment of improving outcomes and opportunities for Aboriginal people across all parts of Government,” he said.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-884d2a08-7fff-393c-0609-2d285d9a3db1"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">“A big part of my commitment is ensuring the island is remediated before it’s transferred to the Aboriginal community.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Me-mel (Eora): Bennelong's island; little green space in the sea. <a href="https://t.co/HZFslBCkyH">pic.twitter.com/HZFslBCkyH</a></p> <p>— Carolyn R Galbraith (@CarolynRGalb) <a href="https://twitter.com/CarolynRGalb/status/1530773156536852481?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 29, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">This remediation, included in the $42.9 million package spread over the next four years, will cover various works such as repairing seawalls and buildings, improving water and sewer services, adn removing contaminants like asbestos, according to <em><a href="https://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/43m-move-to-return-memel-island-to-aboriginal-hands/news-story/b28de6cc4bc21003aec0e5a801c362b9" target="_blank" rel="noopener">news.com.au</a></em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Me-Mel Island is the biggest in Sydney Harbour and lies north-west of the CBD.</p> <p dir="ltr">The State Heritage-listed island is known for its rich Aboriginal heritage, as well as being home to more than 30 buildings and structures from the 1830s to 1960s.</p> <p dir="ltr">Once inhabited by Wangal man Bennelong and Cammeraigal woman Barangaroo, Bennelong said he inherited it from his father who was born on Me-Mel according to colonial documents.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-9e769c3e-7fff-5f05-09d0-f67c7b488a4d"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">The transfer was first promised during the 2015 election by the NSW Labor Party - who lost to the Liberal Party that year - before officially commencing under the Liberals seven years later.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">I welcome the announcement today by <a href="https://twitter.com/Dom_Perrottet?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Dom_Perrottet</a> of $43m for restoration work on ME-MEL <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/goatisland?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#goatisland</a> prior to this historic land being returned to the Aboriginal community in 2026 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/alwayswasalwayswillbeaboriginalland?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#alwayswasalwayswillbeaboriginalland</a> <a href="https://t.co/Xe3ySXOINf">pic.twitter.com/Xe3ySXOINf</a></p> <p>— Councillor Yvonne Weldon (@ypweldon) <a href="https://twitter.com/ypweldon/status/1530860098515783682?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 29, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Though it has been a long time coming, the decision has been welcomed by Yvonne Weldon, the Deputy Chair of the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council, who said the transfer will help heal and progress Indigenous issues.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Me-Mel is a place where we can go to be within our culture, pass culture on to our younger generations and share with other people,” she said.</p> <p dir="ltr">Until the transfer, the island will continue to be managed by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), which is calling for <a href="https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/topics/parks-reserves-and-protected-areas/park-management/community-engagement/sydney-harbour-national-park/me-mel-goat-island" target="_blank" rel="noopener">expressions of interest</a> for the Me-Mel Transfer Committee.</p> <p dir="ltr">Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Franklin said this committee, with advice from legal, heritage, planning and governance experts, will develop a business case and plan for future ownership and management of the island.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The Me-Mel Transfer Committee includes Aboriginal people and NSW government representatives, and importantly, its establishment is supported by the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council,” Mr Franklin said.</p> <p dir="ltr">Nominations for this committee are open until close of business on June 27.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-4bd3246b-7fff-8211-0ee4-0e09959bc419"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Office of Environment and Heritage (Flickr)</em></p>

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Woman buys her childhood home at auction

<p dir="ltr">A young homebuyer has had an emotional win at auction, as she bought the home she grew up in. </p> <p dir="ltr">The auction was held at the home on election day in the Adelaide suburb of Para Vista, with Ray White’s chief auctioneer John Morris calling the sale a heartwarming result for the young woman. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Gemma was taken home to this house when she was born, and has now bought it back from the owners who her family sold it to in 2014,” Mr Morris said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“As you can imagine, it is a very special sale for her and her partner who was watching on Facetime,” he said.</p> <p dir="ltr">Gemma, 28, was the only bidder and bought the house for $460,000. </p> <p dir="ltr">Despite the emotional connection, Gemma said her childhood home was not originally on her radar when she started searching for a home. </p> <p dir="ltr">“My partner and I already have another house and we had been looking for another property as an investment,” she said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“As we were searching online, the house came up and I was surprised to see it listed for sale.”</p> <p dir="ltr">“We quickly spoke to our bank and decided to go for it.”</p> <p dir="ltr">“As my partner works away we weren’t able to come for the inspections, so I decided to go to the auction nevertheless.”</p> <p dir="ltr">“It was crazy. My parents were there too and it was a super emotional day for all of us.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Gemma lived in the house from 1994 to 2012, where she said she holds many fond childhood memories. </p> <p dir="ltr">“At the moment, I am not looking to move in. We want to do it up and see how it goes,” she said.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image credits: realestate.com.au</em></p>

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How an Aussie senior inherited her long-term home from her landlord

<p dir="ltr">An Australian senior has finally been able to retire after she received an incredible gift from her long-term landlord. </p> <p dir="ltr">Jane Sayner, 74, was used to a life of waking up to her 3am alarm to go and work at a fruit and vegetable market in Epping in order to pay her rent and make ends meet. </p> <p dir="ltr">However, Jane has now been able to turn off her early morning alarm for good after inheriting her home from her late landlord. </p> <p dir="ltr">Jane rented off St Albans multi-millionaire John Perrett, who famously left his $18-million fortune to the Royal Melbourne Hospital when he died in 2020.</p> <p dir="ltr">Mr Perrett was the local pharmacist in the suburb of Melbourne, but made his riches through clever investing, all while continuing to live humbly in the neighbourhood.</p> <p dir="ltr">While the majority of his generous donation to the hospital has gone towards technology and research in the renal department that delivered him a kidney transplant, his philanthropic nature wanted to ensure Ms Sayner did not have to worry about finding a new place during her own health battle.</p> <p dir="ltr">After renting the two-bedroom St Albans unit for 23 years, Jane was shocked to receive a call from her landlord before he died after a battle with Parkinson’s. </p> <p dir="ltr">While the pair were on good terms, Perrett’s offering was next level, as he left the home to Jane. </p> <p dir="ltr">Mr Perrett also left another property to another tenant in St Albans, while another flat he owned similar to Jane’s was sold for about $400,000 to go towards the hospital donation. </p> <p dir="ltr">Jane paid $250 a week in rent, which barely rose over the last two decades, and would never have been able to afford anything like what she had if her home had been sold following her landlord’s death. </p> <p dir="ltr">Instead of still having to wake up at 3am to work at the market full-time, Jane now enjoys the simple life of a retiree as she tends to her garden and dreams of travelling to Canada. </p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image credits: realestate.com.au</em></p>

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Mega mansion with odes to Hollywood hits the market

<p dir="ltr">A mansion on the top of a mountain with “million-dollar views” of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast Hinterland has hit the market - but its unique interior could be its biggest drawcard.</p> <p dir="ltr">Not only does it come with seven bedrooms and eight bathrooms, it also boasts its own medieval throne room, a Wild West-style saloon bar, and a Hollywood-style theatrette.</p> <p dir="ltr">Ray White Beerwah agent Alex Garden said the property, known as Chateau Cedarton, was built by a concreter who wanted his own mega mansion.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It is really unique,” Mr Garden told <em><a href="https://www.realestate.com.au/news/live-like-royalty-in-qlds-own-game-of-thrones-house/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">realestate.com.au</a></em>. “In its heyday, it would have been a really cool venue.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The medieval throne room, styled with stone tiles to create a classic castle look, is complete with two full-sized replica knights and leads into the 25-metre-long red-carpeted theatrette, decorated with Hollywood-style movie posters.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Wild West-style saloon room features timber panelling, appropriately-themed wall art and a cellar.</p> <p dir="ltr">Other internal features include a sauna and spa, as well as a formal reception area, statement kitchen, formal dining room, space for 10 cars, a pool/rumpus room, and a commercial kitchen and laundry.</p> <p dir="ltr">Outside, the 16.19-hectare block boasts just as many interesting features, such as Roman columns, a pool with its own public bathroom, and replicas of European fountains.</p> <p dir="ltr">There is also a wraparound verandah, a resort-style pool, a gazebo, fruit trees, three dams, and a workers cottage.</p> <p dir="ltr">According to the <a href="https://www.realestate.com.au/property-house-qld-cedarton-139351039" target="_blank" rel="noopener">listing</a>, the home has complete privacy despite being surrounded by large acreage homes and “hosts scenic breathtaking million-dollar views”.</p> <p dir="ltr">After spending a weekend at the home more than a decade ago, owners Victor and Lana, who have asked for their surname not to be published, said they fell in love with the property.</p> <p dir="ltr">But, their plans for transforming the home were put on hold after Victor suffered an accident which saw him undergo extensive rehabilitation two months after they moved in.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We had huge plans for it and we did open it as a function centre, restaurant and accommodation for a while, we also had visits from the elderly, from retirement villages and children with disabilities,” Lana said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“And our direction changed towards that, towards helping people who needed some peace and tranquillity.”</p> <p dir="ltr">With COVID-19 lockdowns keeping them away from half of their family in Victoria, the couple then decided it was time to sell - giving them the opportunity to move south and start their new business venture.</p> <p dir="ltr">They have freshened up the home ahead of the sale, softening some of the Tuscan palette to create a more neutral vibe.</p> <p dir="ltr">But, they have left its unique rooms untouched.</p> <p dir="ltr">“That’s what makes it so unique,” Lana said.</p> <p dir="ltr">They hope that the next owner has their own vision for the property, as Lana says the estate has “so much potential”. </p> <p dir="ltr">“It needs someone with some big plans and the ability to make them happen.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The views, the privacy, the grounds, the possibilities are endless.”</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-3423ace5-7fff-e640-f932-7f5b0de0294f"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Ray White</em></p>

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Million-dollar home sold with squatter living in the basement

<p dir="ltr">A house in the US state of Virginia has sold for way above the asking price, despite coming with a stranger living in the basement. </p> <p dir="ltr">According to public records, the five-bedroom, four-bathroom house sold for $A1.1m ($US805,000) to an unnamed buyer on April 15th. </p> <p dir="ltr">The <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3709-Prado-Pl-Fairfax-VA-22031/51836844_zpid/">online listing</a> quickly went viral, after it noted that putting an offer in on the home required  “an acknowledgement that home will convey with a person(s) living in lower level with no lease in place.”</p> <p dir="ltr">“NO ACCESS to see lower level,” the listing added.</p> <p dir="ltr">Just days after the home was listed, an Instagram account called Zillow Gone Wild posted about the bizarre listing, noting that it came with “a specific clause in the purchase price”. </p> <p dir="ltr">The post racked up over 35,000 likes and comments from users speculating about the identity of the basement tenant and poking fun at the unusual circumstances of the sale.</p> <p dir="ltr">“800k for 5 bd, 4 ba and your own serial killer,” a user commented.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Is the basement haunted? Feels like the basement is haunted,” another wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">Before the sale closed, the listing agent told the <a href="https://nypost.com/2022/04/14/virginia-man-selling-home-after-squatter-refuses-to-leave/">New York Post</a> that the seller of the home was an elderly man who was sick in the hospital and had offered the basement dweller a place to stay three years ago after she cleaned his home and “convinced him that she needed a place to stay”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“So he offered her the basement, but then she never left. And she does not pay rent,” Rodgers-Rickert added.</p> <p dir="ltr">The agent told the publication that the man’s family was hoping to sell the home before he died because he didn’t have a will and they didn’t have the money to hire a lawyer to work on the eviction of the “tenant”.</p> <p dir="ltr">Rodgers-Rickert declined to comment to NBC News on the circumstances of the seller or the basement dweller following the sale of the house to a new owner. </p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image credits: Zillow</em></p>

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Landlord slammed for “dirty trick”

<p dir="ltr">A landlord has come under fire for using an unusual advertising technique to lease out a studio apartment in Leeds, UK. </p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://www.vice.com/en/article/v7dwvy/luxury-shopping-bags-rental-flats-photos">Vice</a> writer Joel Golby noticed the one bedroom studio flat available to rent for £535 ($943AUD) a month excluding bills on real estate website <a href="https://www.zoopla.co.uk/to-rent/details/61269048/?search_identifier=e41b2d510aba81ae7a72f962cd2c3501">Zoopla</a>, when he noticed some very out of place accessories. </p> <p dir="ltr">Almost all of the photos attached in the advertisement featured shopping bags from luxury brands such as Harrods, Chanel and Harvey Nichols. </p> <p dir="ltr">The landlord had increased the price of staying at the property by £9 since the ad was first created, despite its bleak appearance.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The Chanel bag is there to dazzle us: we, foolish non-property owning fools like we are, will easily be distracted by the bag, and ignore the fact that the living room and kitchen are only demarcated by slightly different carpet textures because we know the person renting it to us owns either a really nice card holder or a too-expensive belt,” Joel wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">Despite being listed as partially furnished, the property seems to have all the basic amenities and little space for the renter to bring much of their own belongings.</p> <p dir="ltr">The photos of the flat include images of the small kitchen, living room, bedroom and half of the bathroom, with most surfaces adored with the luxury boxes. </p> <p dir="ltr">Joel slammed the landlord’s “dirty trick”, and challenged readers to share their own stories of upselling rental advertisements, as well as any potential tenants for the “miserable” studio apartment. </p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image credits: Zoopla</em></p>

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Red flags for property buyers considering buying off the plan

<p dir="ltr">Property buyers have been warned of the hidden dangers that come with buying an apartment off the plan. </p> <p dir="ltr">Potential home seekers have been alerted to avoid buying cheap, cookie cutter units that are typically sold off the plan. </p> <p dir="ltr">Michelle May, the Principal of Michelle May Buyers Agents, said some cheaper units sold off the plan were risky purchases because too many corners may have been cut to keep costs down.</p> <p dir="ltr">Prospective buyers must remember that when buying off the plan, you are investing the future of the whole building, not just your chosen apartment. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Developers are in it to make money, pure and simple. Unfortunately, this can lead to cutting costs (and often corners) wherever possible to increase their return,” Ms May said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“You only have to look at two recent stories, Opal Tower in Olympic Park and the more recent Mascot Towers, to see how bad things can go for residents when the building hasn’t been built, inspected or appropriately certified.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, Ms May said buyers had less confidence as a result of rising interest rates and the ongoing election campaign taking away their attention from the property market.</p> <p dir="ltr">She went on to say that buyers of units off the plan would struggle to earn back their money if they had to sell in the future. </p> <p dir="ltr">“People buying apartments off the plan usually think it’s cheaper and go for the lowest price. The reality is that the quality build of these newer off-the-plan apartments just isn’t good.”</p> <p dir="ltr">“Visually it might look okay, but a lot of these new apartments aren’t built to stand the test of time. A lot of people who I’ve spoken with often complain about the noise they hear between the walls or the high turnover of other tenants.”</p> <p dir="ltr">“If you’re considering buying new or off the plan, make sure you work with a specialist property lawyer, not just your run-of-the-mill conveyancer. The lawyer will help you understand the many ins and outs of the contract, so you know exactly where you stand.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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Gordon Ramsay makes piping hot profit on seaside mansion

<p dir="ltr">The foul-mouthed celebrity chef has flipped his Cornwall mansion for £7.5 million ($NZD 14.5 million), earning him the title of this year’s most expensive sale in the area.</p> <p dir="ltr">Gordon Ramsay famously spent much of 2020 in the Cornwall home, which made appearances as the backdrop for his clips on Instagram.</p> <p dir="ltr">According to property records, he went on to sell the six-bedroom, four-bathroom home for the princely sum in 2021, as reported by <em><a href="https://www.cornwalllive.com/news/celebs-tv/gordon-ramsay-sells-home-75-7038948" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Cornwall Live</a></em>.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-9461f89e-7fff-96c3-ed01-aa9604f7b485">It also seems to have served him a tidy profit, after he initially spent £4 million ($7 million) on the property - resulting in a cool $7 million) in his pocket, per <em><a href="https://www.domain.com.au/news/gordon-ramsay-flips-seaside-mansion-in-record-breaking-deal-2-1137168/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Domain</a></em>.</span></p> <p><img src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/2022/05/ramsay-1.jpg" alt="" width="1280" height="720" /></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Ramsay’s Cornwall home has made several appearances on his social media accounts, including clips with his daughter Tilly Ramsay. Image: ITV</em></p> <p dir="ltr">Though we know very little about the home - besides it also boasting a swimming pool and tennis court - Ramsay’s time in Cornwall has been anything but uneventful.</p> <p dir="ltr">In 2016, he infuriated his neighbours and local community members while engaged in a eight-month planning battle with council to bulldoze another Cornwall property which housed a 1920s-built home called Lanarth.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Michelin star chef won his fight, levelling the home and replacing it with a new mansion which he still owns.</p> <p dir="ltr">Even more recently, Ramsay sparked ire among the seaside community after appearing on radio and saying: “Trust me, I absolutely love Cornwall, it’s just the Cornish I can’t stand.” </p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-be0ae0ca-7fff-bc50-2cb6-3c6179692f6b"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: @gordongram (Instagram)</em></p>

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Adele shares exciting news on the home front!

<p dir="ltr">Adele and her boyfriend have announced that they have bought a new home and are moving in together a year after dating. </p> <p dir="ltr">The British singer and millionaire boyfriend Rich Paul reportedly bought the Los Angeles home - which belonged to Sylvester Stallone and his wife Jennifer Flavin Stallone - for an eye-watering $83 million. </p> <p dir="ltr">The pair have been dating for about a year and the singer announced the exciting news to Instagram.</p> <p dir="ltr">Adele shared a photo of herself and Rich outside their stunning new home, along with a series of other images giving a glimpse of their loving relationship.</p> <p dir="ltr">Captioning the post “Time Flies”, the <em>Hello</em> singer also shared a fortune cookie reading which read: “You have found good company – enjoy”.</p> <p dir="ltr">The gorgeous mansion was designed by Richard Landry and boasts eight bedrooms and 12 bathrooms.</p> <p dir="ltr">The main house features six bedrooms and nine bathrooms including a master suite, three spacious en-suite bedrooms, and two maids bedrooms.</p> <p dir="ltr">The luxurious master suite includes a sauna, steam room, and office with a terrace.</p> <p dir="ltr">There is also a two-story guest house with two en-suite bedrooms and a full chef's kitchen.</p> <p dir="ltr">To top it off, there is also a professional movie theatre and cigar room with an air-filtration system.</p> <p dir="ltr">There is also a gym, a massive patio outside with incredible views of the infinity pool, spa, and even a putting green. </p> <p dir="ltr">The home was on the market for about six months for a whopping $110 million, but when there were no takers, he dropped the price down to $83 million. </p> <p dir="ltr">The loved up couple sparked dating rumours last year in July when they were spotted together at an NBA game.</p> <p dir="ltr">They first claimed to have only been “hanging out” but the mother-of-one and father-of-three soon began dating.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Westside Estate Agency</em></p>

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