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A highlight this week is a Redfern terrace with a backyard like a deserted wasteland, positioned as one of the worst houses in one of Sydney's coolest suburbs, and a castle – with an indoor pool only steps from the couch – in Queensland's stunning hinterland.
The agents have not sugarcoated the condition of this terrace, overlooking parkland in trendy Redfern. "Neglected", says the listing of the property, sans upper-floor balcony, but the address, in a vibrant suburb, makes up for it.
The backyard, with a Hills Hoist from the earliest days of modern Australia, is as dry as a bone, with a tree stump and a forlorn pot hanging on the fence. There is not a speck of green to be seen.
One of the suburb's tallest terraces and ten minutes' walk to Redfern train station, it occupies a north-facing 156-square-metre block. The auction is November 5.
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Exist in a real-life fairytale.
The estate includes the medieval-style castle and three units, available in lots.
There are plenty of surprises, including a plunge pool – with a mosaic waterfall – beside a lounge with an open fire. The furniture is included in the sale price, so the buyer only has to bring their togs and sense of wonder.
The wings of the castle are booked for $600 per weekend, according to the listing.
The faithfully preserved mid-century sweetheart has views that read like a traveler's inventory of Sydney's best waterside spots – Chinaman's Beach, Balmoral, Middle Harbour, South Head and Sydney Harbour.
The deck off the living room, which has a handsome stone hearth at the fireplace, seems to hover above the great blue beyond.
The property includes three bedrooms and private access through bushland to Manly Spit Walk and the beautiful beach at Castle Rock. An auction is penciled in for October 22.
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Snag a designer home for under $2 million.
Renovated by an interior guru, with an eye for playful contemporary finishes, the Luchetti Krelle-designed terrace includes three bedrooms and the option of a fourth bedroom or additional living space.
Navy and blood-red cabinetry lends a pop to the kitchen, and beyond, a large picture-frame window opens to the courtyard, which has built-in seating, statement pavers and a BBQ.
This backyard space is also accessible via a laneway. The property goes under the hammer on November 5.
Welcome to a gorgeous starter home.
Built in 1900, the two bedder is very near to the hub of Launceston life – the hospital, shopping and Launceston CBD.
The living and dining room runs the width of the house, with a sense of open plan. The kitchen is bright and has been updated, with access to a patio from the meals zone.
A sunroom adjoining the slightly smaller of the two bedrooms, both at the front of the property, provides options for storage or reconfiguration.
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