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7 Most Expensive Australian Residential Properties

Prestige property continues to reach new heights.

By Terry Christodoulou
Thu, Feb 24, 2022 11:08amGrey Clock 3 min

The ascendance of prime residential property in Australia is reaching new heights, with new definitions of the term ‘trophy home’ being formed with every record-breaking sale. As new forms of luxury real estate and old-world mansions continue to draw intrigue from the international and local buyers alike, here we’ve compiled the most expensive residential sales in Australian history.

One Sydney Harbour, Sydney, $140 Million

A deal alleged to be worth more than $140 million is the country’s most expensive residence. The fee is said to have bought the top three floors of the in-construction Tower 1 development of One Sydney Harbour at Barangaroo South. The purchase of both the two-storey penthouse and the sub-penthouse below of the Renzo Piano-designed building was said to be by a local who is expected to make the penthouse their home when completed in late 2023.

 

Fairwater, Point Piper, $100 million

In 2018, Australian tech-billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes and his wife Annie bought what was at the time Australia’s most expensive house, Fairwater. The historic purchase ended more than a century of Fairfax family ownership. With the sale of the 1.12-hectare estate (the largest privately held property on Sydney Harbour), exchanging in just over two weeks for $100 million. The home was last traded in1901 for £5350 by Sir John Fairfax.

 

Edgewater, Point Piper $95 million

In 2020, the Wolseley Road property in Sydney’s blue-ribbon locale of Point Piper sold for $95 million, becoming the second most expensive house sale on record. The property, known as ‘Edgewater’ has a rare 40-metre harbour frontage, directly in front of the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House.

 

Elaine, Point Piper, $71 million

Joining this list is fellow  Atlassian co-founder and billionaire Scott Farquhar, with yet another Fairfax family estate, Elaine. The historic property, which boasts 6986sqm in Sydney’s most expensive enclave features seven bedrooms and five bathrooms on Seven Shillings Beach.  Previously the home had been owned by the Fairfax family since 1891.

 

La Mer, Vaucluse, $70 million

James Packer’s off-market exchange for the vast, six-storey monolith in 2015 set an Australian house price record at the time. Set across 3345sqm, with views of Sydney Harbour, La Mer was sold to Dr Chau Chak Wing — owner of Chinese property development company Kingold Group — and features a glassed -in garden area, home gym, workout room, cinema with space or 20 people and a garage for 20 cars.

Phoenix Acres, Vaucluse, $65.25 million

The grand proportions of Phoenix Acres, Vaucluse is typified by its 81-metre-wide water frontage attached to a 3731sqm parcel with 6-bedroom, 6-bathrooms and a triple garage. Other luxurious amenities include the lavish master suite, tennis court, resort-style pools and grand dining room with harbour view terraces. The property was sold in 2017 to hotel mogul Dr Jerry Schwartz.

Ganeden, Vaucluse, $62 million

Ganedan, Point Piper

Rounding out the list is corporate lawyer John Landerer’s Vaucluse mansion, Ganedan, selling for more than $62 million in 2022. The exact figure on the sale will be left to settlement, with the home finally finding a new owner after three years on the market. The property, which is built on a consolidated site from three houses between Wentworth Road and Vaucluse Road also the second most expensive non-waterfront sale, following La Mer, further up this list.

 

 



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Family of Elvis Presley was fighting the attempted sale, alleging fraud

By TALI ARBEL
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A Tennessee judge on Wednesday blocked an allegedly fraudulent attempt to auction off Graceland, the former Memphis home of music legend Elvis Presley and a major tourist destination in the state.

Elvis’s granddaughter, actress Riley Keough , says a company that had planned a Thursday sale was fake and trying to defraud the trust that owns Graceland.

Judge JoeDae Jenkins in Chancery Court in Shelby County, Tenn., granted the injunction to stop the auction, according to a court clerk. The court had granted Keough a temporary restraining order on the sale last week.

The auction was initiated by an entity called Naussany Investments & Private Lending. It had filed a public notice for a foreclosure sale in Tennessee, alleging Lisa Marie Presley , Elvis’s only child, defaulted on a $3.8 million loan it made to her. The group said it now owns Graceland because Presley defaulted on the loan.

Presley, Keough’s mother, controlled the Graceland trust until her death in January 2023 . Keough then took over as trustee.

Lawyers for Keough said Naussany’s loan documents are forgeries, and the firm “appears to be a false entity created for the purpose of defrauding” the trust that owns Graceland, Presley’s heirs or any purchaser of Graceland.

Elvis Presley Enterprises, which manages Graceland, has also said Naussany’s claims were fraudulent. “There will be no foreclosure,” said Elvis Presley Enterprises spokeswoman Alicia Dean . “Graceland will continue to operate as it has for the past 42 years.”

Keough’s lawyer declined to comment.

Naussany Investments and Kurt Naussany, named in the complaint as acting on behalf of the entity, couldn’t be reached for comment. A phone number listed in the complaint didn’t work, and emails sent to associated addresses weren’t answered. The Wall Street Journal couldn’t separately find contact information for a Kurt Naussany. A lawyer for the entity couldn’t be identified.

The Graceland complex in Memphis, which includes an exhibition center and a 450-room hotel, attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors annually.

Elvis bought the property in 1957, when he was 22 and an ascendant star. He died in 1977 at the age of 42 and is buried on the Graceland property. Graceland opened to the public in 1982.

Lisa Marie Presley’s mother, Priscilla Presley , reached a settlement in 2023 with Keough over who would control the trust. The settlement came after Priscilla Presley challenged a 2016 amendment to the trust filed by Lisa Marie Presley that removed her mother as trustee.

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