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Aussie celebrity homes

Designer wine cellars, bespoke kitchens, manicured gardens, grand entrances and amazing views - take an aspirational look at the homes of the rich and famous.

Mirror over the fireplace? Check. Chest of drawers next to the bed? Check. A bowl filled with lemons in the kitchen. Check. No matter how famous the stars are, some things are the same everywhere. However, while you might have a sandpit, they have a private beach. You have a bathtub, they have an outdoor jacuzzi. It's always fascinating to have a peek at the lifestyles of those who have it all, and thanks to real estate sites, we can. These dream abodes seem out of reach, but you could always pool your resources with other superfans to nab the ultimate piece of memorabilia.

The International College of Management in Manly was the incredible mansion in Aussie director Baz Luhrmann's blockbuster The Great Gatsby. Source: Roderick Eime, Flickr user: MD111, https://www.flickr.com/photos/md111/, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/legalcode), https://www.flickr.com/photos/md111/3693243429 A-Listers

Have a gander at Hugh Jackman's Manhattan apartment with a magnificent central wooden spiral staircase and views of the Hudson River, which cost him $US21million, a bargain at nearly half the original asking price of $US40million.

Mel Gibson's $US30million 200-hectares in Costa Rica, with its own private beach, can be seen by all thanks to a sale listing, and includes a stand-alone traditional Balinese house in the backyard!

There's also his beautiful tropically-landscaped Lavender Hill Farm in Malibu with a life-size chess set, large orchards and three guest homes, which he sold for $US9.2 million.

Revel in the dreamy $6.5 million Georgian mansion owned by Nicole Kidman on a Bunya Hill farm in the NSW Southern Highlands. The six bedroom residence set on 45 hectares has a pool table, dark wood-panelled library and gorgeous verandahs on both storeys.

There were no Opens for Inspection at Cate Blanchett's $20 million sandstone Hunters Hill home, when it sold in August. It has an automatic staircase that comes down from the ceiling and leads to a second dressing room, and the main bedroom comes complete with a dressing room fit for a Hollywood superstar. There's even a self-contained apartment built under the swimming pool.

The great and the good

Melbourne comedian Dave Hughes, cricket captain Michael Clarke, hunky gardener Jamie Durie, former Miss Universe Jennifer Hawkins, tennis star Lleyton Hewitt, media tycoon Lachlan Murdoch and former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's homes can be seen at Domain.com.au. Rock duo twins, The Veronicas, and footballers and sundry actors do video interviews and expound on their home decorating philosophies at realestate.com.au.

Unique designs and beautiful swimming pools are common among celebrity homes. Sometimes the house is the celebrity

The incredible mansion in Aussie director Baz Luhrmann's blockbuster The Great Gatsby was shot in Sydney, with computer-generated special effects, to transform the International College of Management in Manly into Gatsby's lavish party venuei.

Everybody needs good Neighbours, and that iconic home is in Ramsay St, Melbourne, where it would sell today for an estimated $900,000ii. Beauty and the Geek was shot in Sydney's northwest while Kath and Kim's Fountain Lakes home in Melbourne's southeast (sold in 2015 for $1.3 million). Australia's Next Top Model was shot in Sydney's eastern suburbs in a $4 million mansionii. For $1500 a week, be seduced by the French charm of the elegant The Bachelor home, Clifton, where the love-lusting antics took place in Hunters Hill, Sydneyiii.



i Maddox, G. 2013, 'Great Scott: Sydney is Gatsby scene-stealer', smh.com.au, 4 June, viewed 15 December 2015, http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/movies/great-scott-sydney-is-gatsby-scenestealer-20130603-2nm1w.html

ii Molly, S. 2015, 'How much you'd pay for famous television homes, like Monica's apartment from hit series Friends', news.com.au, 12 June, viewed 15 December 2015, http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/how-much-youd-pay-for-famous-television-homes-like-monicas-apartment-from-hit-series-friends/news-story/6e0b4b44b9f3b94e83de0730c5394d80

iii Chancellor, J. 2014, 'Channel Ten's The Bachelor heads to Hunters Hill, leaving La Joie de Vivre behind', Property Observer, 22 May, viewed 15 December, http://www.propertyobserver.com.au/forward-planning/advice-and-hot-topics/title-tattle/31553-channel-ten-s-the-bachelor-heads-to-hunters-hill-leaving-la-joie-de-vivre-behind.html