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What $1 Million Buys In The Capitals

What this ‘median’ 7-figure price tag scores across Australia.

By Kanebridge News
Fri, Jul 16, 2021Grey Clock 4 min


 122/1 Wattle Crescent, Pyrmont, NSW

This stylish 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom, 1 car parking apartment in the heart of Sydney’s Pyrmont offers outstanding city convenience within a village feel.

Inside the north-facing apartment comes contemporary flooring, high ceiling and generous open plan living and dining with a deep covered balcony.

Further, the kitchen lands with Miele appliances and a stone wrap while the spacious bedrooms feature built-in robes – the master with its own ensuite.

Elsewhere a single security car space is available with a storage cage.

The apartment is close to the famous Sydney Fish Markets and Blackwattle Bay and within walking distance of the CBD.

The listing is with MGM Martin, priced at $1-1.1 million. mgmmartin.com


13 Kessell Court, Mount Lawley, WA

This stylish city home offers intelligent spaces and modern comforts with no work to be done.

Bright, airy, secure and well designed, the 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom, 2- car parking home is split across two levels.

Here, the well-appointed kitchen, with stainless Smeg appliances, soft-closing drawers is centrally located with a view of both courtyards.

Upstairs sees the bedrooms, with the master suite offering an expansive ensuite with a freestanding bath, shower.

Central to the home is a Japanese style courtyard with a second private courtyard perfect for alfresco entertaining out back.

The home is located nearby to Angove Street café strip, Hyde Park and The Astor with plenty of public transport available to commute to the city.

Approx. 1,050,000, with Ray White City Residential; raywhite.com.au



67 Leveson Street, North Melbourne, VIC

Hidden behind a Victorian façade comes this upgraded single fronted terrace with the opportunity for further renovation or extension.

The home arrives with an ornate entrance hall, two bedrooms and a central modern bathroom.

Elsewhere the rear opens up into a stylish and comfortably renovated open plan kitchen and lounge with private leafy courtyard.

It’s here the home features a polished concrete floor, cathedral height ceilings and modern appliances.

On the cusp of Melbourne’s CBD, the home offers the very best of the inner-city lifestyles in one of the worlds most liveable cities

The listing is with W.B Simpson and Son, $919,000. Wbsimpson.com.au



102/9 Lambert Street, Kangaroo Point, QLD

Set in an enviable north facing position with expansive water and city views comes this 3-bed, 2-bath, 2-car apartment with a 16-metre frontage to enjoy the scenery.

Inside sees a kitchen crafted with Neff European appliances, abbey tapware, Essastone benchtops, custom walnut cabinetry, luxury floor tiles and wool carpets.

Further, three bedrooms make for a spacious place to live, with the master suite complete with ensuite.

The apartment allows one to enjoy the lifestyle that Kangaroo Point has to offer including riverfront parklands, cafes, restaurants, bars and more.

The listing is with Annie Hayes, price: $1,049,000. montereykangaroopoint.com.au



Level 2/23 Peel Street, Adelaide, SA

Planted firmly in the heart of Adelaide’s CBD comes this 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom apartment.

Arriving with high-end fixtures and fittings, the home on Peel Street is complete with wooden floorboards underfoot and exposed brickwork, giving the home an industrial, warehouse conversion appeal.

The apartment offers three generous bedrooms – the master complete with a luxurious walk-in robe and ensuite – the latter replete with a free-standing bath.

The home’s kitchen is the focal point, with modern stainless-steel appliances and a metal bench top elevating the industrial appeal of the home.

Located adjacent to happening Leigh Street, this home is in the thick of Adelaide’s nightlife. With its location exuding nothing but convenience, your choice of pub, restaurant or cafe is mere seconds from your reach.

The listing is with Belle Property Adelaide, $900,000-$963,000. Belleproperty.com


22 William Cooper Drive, New Town, TAS

This spectacularly designed home is an eyecatcher.

The creative 3 bedroom, 2 bathrooms, 5 car parking home sees a glamour kitchen complete with matt black cabinetry and Smeg appliances.

Here, the kitchen overlooks the open plan dining and lounge areas.

Elsewhere two additional bedrooms are located on this level – one complete with a walk-in robe, the other a built-in robe.

Upstairs arrives the master bedroom retreat complete with sizeable walk-in robe and generous ensuite.

Further, the beautifully landscaped grounds are low maintenance.

The home is 10 minutes outside of Hobart and is with Exceed Property. (+61 40429707911). Offers from $975,000


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Private club memberships and luxury cars are some of freebies on the table.

Mon, Aug 15, 2022 6 min

When Ryan Wolitzer was looking to buy an apartment in Miami Beach late last year, several beachfront properties caught his eye. All were two-bedroom homes in high-end buildings with amenities aplenty and featured glass walls, high ceilings and an abundance of natural light. But only The Continuum, in the city’s South of Fifth district, came with a gift: a membership to Residence Yacht Club, a private club that offers excursions on luxury yachts ranging from a day in south Florida to a month around the Caribbean. Residents receive heavily discounted charters on upscale boats that have premier finishes and are stocked with top shelf spirits and wine. Mr. Wolitzer, 25, who works for a sports agency, was sold.

“The access to high-end yachts swayed my decision to buy at The Continuum and is an incentive that I take full advantage of,” Mr. Wolitzer said. “It’s huge, especially in my business when I am dealing with high-profile sports players, to be able to give them access to these incredible boats where they experience great service. I know that they’ll be well taken care of.”

Freebies and perks for homeowners such as a private club membership are a mainstay in the world of luxury real estate and intended to entice prospective buyers to sign on the dotted line.

According to Jonathan Miller, the president and chief executive of the real estate appraisal and consulting firm Miller Samuel, they’re primarily a domestic phenomenon.

In the U.S. residential real estate market, gifts are offered by both developers who want to move apartments in their swanky buildings and individuals selling their homes. They range from modest to over-the-top, Mr. Miller said, and are more prevalent when the market is soft.

“When sales lag, freebies increase in a bid to incentivize buyers,” he said. “These days, sales are slowing, and inventory is rising after two years of being the opposite, which suggests that we may see more of them going forward.”

Many of these extras are especially present in South Florida, Mr. Miller said, where the market is normalizing after the unprecedented boom it saw during the pandemic. “The frenzy in South Florida was intense compared with the rest of the country because it became a place where people wanted to live full time,” he said. “Now that the numbers are inching toward pre-pandemic levels, freebies could push wavering buyers over the finish line.”

Kelly Killoren Bensimon, a real estate salesperson for Douglas Elliman in Miami and New York, said that the gifts that she has encountered in her business include everything from yacht access and use of a summer house to magnums of pricey wine. “One person I know of who was selling a US$5 million house in the Hamptons even threw in a free Mercedes 280SL,” she said. “They didn’t want to lower the price but were happy to sweeten the deal.”

A car, an Aston Martin to be exact, is also a lure at Aston Martin Residences in Miami’s Biscayne Bay. Buyers who bought  one of the building’s 01 line apartments—a collection of 47 ocean-facing residences ranging in size from 325 to 362sqm and US$8.3 million to US$9 million in price—had their choice of the DBX Miami Riverwalk Special Edition or the DB11 Miami Riverwalk Special Edition. The DBX is Aston Martin’s first SUV and retails for around US$200,000. It may have helped propel sales given that all the apartments are sold out.

An Aston Martin came with the sale for some buyers at Aston Martin Residences in Miami’s Biscayne Bay. Aston Martin Residences

The US$59 million triplex penthouse, meanwhile, is still up for grabs, and the buyer will receive a US$3.2 million Aston Martin Vulcan track-only sports car, one of only 24 ever made.

“We want to give homeowners the chance to live the full Aston Martin lifestyle, and owning a beautiful Aston Martin is definitely a highlight of that,” said Alejandro Aljanti, the chief marketing officer for G&G Business Developments, the building’s developer.  “We wanted to include the cars as part of the package for our more exclusive units.”

The US$800,000 furniture budget for buyers of the North Tower condominiums at The Estates at Acqualina in Sunny Isles, Florida, is another recent head-turning perk. The 94 residences sold out last year, according to president of sales Michael Goldstein, and had a starting price of US$6.3 million. “You can pick the furniture ahead of time, and when buyers move in later this year, all they’ll need is a toothbrush,” he said.

Then there’s the US$2 million art collection that was included in the sale of the penthouse residence at the Four Seasons Residences in Miami’s Brickell neighbourhood. The property recently sold for $15.9 million and spans 817sqm feet. Designed by the renowned firm ODP Architects, it features contemporary paintings and sculpture pieces from notable names such as the American conceptual artist Bill Beckley and the sculptor Tom Brewitz.

But it’s hard to top the millions of dollars of extras that were attached to the asking price in 2019 of the US$85 million 1393sqm  duplex at the Atelier, in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen neighbourhood. The list included two Rolls-Royce Phantoms, a Lamborghini Aventador, a US$1 million yacht with five years of docking fees, a summer stay at a Hamptons mansion, weekly dinners for two at lavish French restaurant Daniel and a live-in butler and private chef for a year. And the most outrageous of all: a flight for two to space.

It turned out that the so-called duplex was actually a collection of several apartments and a listing that went unsold. It did, however, generate plenty of buzz among the press and in real estate circles and was a marketing success, according to Mr. Miller.

“A listing like this that almost seems unbelievable with all the gifts will get plenty of eyeballs but is unlikely to push sales,” he said. “Empirically, it’s not an effective tactic.”

On the other hand, Mr. Miller said that more reasonable but still generous freebies, such as the membership to a yacht club, have the potential to push undecided buyers to go for the sale. “A nice but not too lavish gift won’t be the singular thing toward their decision but can be a big factor,” he said. “It’s a feel-good incentive that buyers think they’re getting without an extra cost.”

Examples of these bonuses include a membership to the 1 Hotel South Beach private beach club that buyers receive with the purchase of a residence at Baccarat Residences Brickell, or the one-year membership to the Grand Bay Beach Club in Key Biscayne for those who spring for a home at Casa Bella Residences by B&B Italia, located in downtown Miami and a residential project from the namesake renowned Italian furniture brand. The price of a membership at the Grand Bay Beach Club is usually a US$19,500 initiation fee and US$415 in monthly dues.

The Grand Salon at at Baccarat Residences Brickell in Miami.
Baccarat Residences

Still enticing but less expensive perks include the two-hour cruise around New York on a wooden Hemmingway boat, valued at US$1,900, for buyers at Quay Tower, at Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York City. The building’s developer, Robert Levine, said that he started offering the boat trip in July to help sell the remaining units. “We’re close to 70% sold, but, of course, I want everything to go,” he said.

There’s also the US$1,635 Avalon throw blanket from Hermes for those who close on a unit at Ten30 South Beach, a 33-unit boutique condominium; in Manhattan’s Financial District, a custom piece of art from the acclaimed artist James Perkins is gifted to buyers at Jolie, a 42-story building on Greenwich Street. Perkins said the value of the piece depends on the home purchase price, but the minimum is US$4,000. “The higher end homes get a more sizable work,” he said.

When gifts are part of a total real estate package, the sale can become emotional and personal, according to Chad Carroll, a real estate agent with Compass in South Florida and the founder of The Carroll Group. “If the freebie appeals to the buyer, the transaction takes on a different dynamic,” he said. “A gift becomes the kicker that they love the idea of having.”

Speaking from his own experience, Mr. Carroll said that sellers can also have an emotional connection to the exchange. “I was selling my house in Golden Isles last year for US$5.4 million and included my jet ski and paddle boards,” he said. “The buyers were a family with young kids and absolutely loved the water toys.” Mr. Carroll could have held out for a higher bidder, he said, but decided to accept their offer. “I liked them and wanted them to create the same happy memories in the home that I did,” he said.

The family moved in a few months later.