International dream homes for those with deep pockets

International dream homes for those with deep pockets

Take a look at some of the world’s latest dream home listings for multi-millionaires. This week, real estate writer Tom Bowden checks out homes in Italy, Florida and, a bit close to home, Victoria, Australia.


I’ve banged on for years now about my love of rustic homesteads. Places with a bit of history but where you feel like you can live in them without fear of tarnishing its reputation. A place with room to run in a picturesque setting, and plenty of timber to boot. While my dream home would be in North America, the stunning property La Garibaldina, in Sardinia,would be my ideal European package. The estate offers a total of nine luxurious bedrooms across six separate residences. It’sset against a wild backdrop of rugged hillsides, rocky hideaways and olive groves, and offers sea views and mountain vistas.You can cook up a storm in the pizza oven, taking in unspoilt views of the stars, while the massive infinity pool has morethan enough room to host all your friends. I could very easily spend the rest of my days happily staring at that incredible view.


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Miami features quite often in these pages because I’m really loving its architectural style at the moment. It offers a senseof space that’s hard to find anywhere else – it would appear it’s not just the meals that are super-size! And this one has the benefit of being brand new as well, meaning you can simply move in and enjoy it right from the start. Because let’s face it, if you’re spending almost $26 million on a home, it’s nice to not have to renovate it right from the get go. This place has plenty to offer – from the grand atrium with 10m ceilings, to the custom Italian kitchen, the two independently-controlled wine cellars, the home theatre with wet bar, the gym, the elevator and the pool. It epitomises ”entertainer’s delight”. And just look at that view! The vistas stretch all the way to the horizon, making you feel like a king surveying their vast empire. I could definitely get behind that! Oh, and it’s also got an Argentine grill. I’m not sure exactly what that is but it sounds like it involves meat, so I’m excited!


One of my favourite places in the world is Victoria’s Dandenong Ranges. They’re gorgeous any time of year and this stunning Mooroolbark home, on the market through Jellis Craig, offers the most stunning panoramic views over both them and the picturesque Yarra Valley. The 1880-built Victorian home offers character and luxury at every turn and even comes with its own tower. How many people can say their home has one of those? The house has up to five bedrooms and is surrounded by more than 200 roses, lavender bushes, rhododendrons and is frequented by birdlife and butterflies. I could easily call this place home.

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