10 architecturally-designed dream homes on the market right now

By Katy Holliday

Is one of your favourite past-times eyeing off dream home candy on the luxury listings? Or maybe you’re lucky enough to actually be in the market for one! 

Whether a dreamer or a realist, let’s take a tour together of some of the most stunning architecturally designed luxury homes on the Australian property market right now.

Palatial 6-bedroom waterfront estate in Vaucluse

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This opulent home, designed by revered architect Andre Porebski, is one of Sydney’s finest luxury mansions tucked away in the exclusive enclave of Vaucluse.
Dripping with elegance, moving past the grand entry foyer you’ll find elegantly-appointed and spacious rooms taking advantage of the coastal views. A cocktail bar in the billiards room, generous wine cellar, and a fully-equipped gym including sauna will see you living the high life!
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Outside, enchanting landscape gardens and the call of the sea beckons. A short stroll takes you to a private jetty, where you can soak up harbour views or plunge into the heated pool that sits at the water’s edge.
The median sale price in Vaucluse is $6.2 million, but with its world-class boating facilities and absolute waterfront advantage, we’re making an educated guess that this is one of the more expensive houses in the area.

Contemporary 3-bedder in Alexandria

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If you’re a fan of modern architecture homes and minimalism, this intriguing property nestled in the popular Sydney suburb of Alexandria will please. Designed by architect Keith Pike and built in 2012, the buyer’s guide puts this house at roughly $2 million.
The contemporary design wraps its way through the house with a white ribbon-like spiral staircase. Everything is crisp and light-filled except for the luxurious and inviting, sleek, black kitchen. The master bedroom features a spa ensuite and large sundeck - perfect for romantic, balmy evenings.
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Bordering a landscaped community park and a short walk from the neighbouring villages of Erko and Redfern, this home is all about trendy living.
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There’s nothing this Heathfield home doesn’t have! The epitome of luxury real estate, in 2018 this masterpiece, designed by Roger Wood, took out the Architectural Award from the South Australia Institute of Architects for the New Home Category.
And, it’s easy to see why. Situated on a six acre parcel of land, the compound features an impressive tennis court, a large pool with pool house, and an organic fruit orchard and veggie garden. This stately and unique home is flanked by striking concrete curved exterior walls, while on the inside the peaceful and relaxing bush setting of the outdoors is amplified by floor to ceiling glass windows, filling the house with warmth and light.
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Intriguing aspects abound, from the Mintaro book leaf slate wall in the living room to cosy bedroom wall murals and mosaic bathrooms. There’s a home theatre, wine cellar, two large fireplaces and a kitchen to die for.
The median sale price in Heathfield is $852,000, but this luxury house is sure to be well above that price point!

Retro penthouse apartment with views in Elizabeth Bay

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This three-bedroom palatial penthouse in Elizabeth Bay enjoys exquisite views over the bay and is baked with 1970s vibes, from the custom preserved joinery to timber-clad ceilings.
On the upper level, it’s all about alfresco living, baby yeah! The covered balcony is an entertaining hotspot, offering sweeping harbour views perfect for sunset aperitifs.
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Marble flooring, bedrooms with ensuites and a Japanese style bathtub with monsoon shower add opulence and luxury to the vintage feel. The buyers guide estimates its worth at $5.8 million.

Luxurious 7-bedroom mansion with harbour views in Bellevue Hill

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Alcooringa is an extravagant, luxury house built in the 1930s by esteemed architect F. Glen Gilling. It’s one of Sydney’s finest examples of a Spanish mission style mansion and comes with a marbled-floor ballroom with Italian crystal chandeliers and a private chapel. The grand foyer features a sweeping staircase, but if you don’t fancy a breathless climb… there’s always the lift to help you navigate all four levels!
The glamorous residence boasts Sydney harbour vistas, a massive wine cellar, Gaggenau kitchen, gym and sauna, billiard room and an alfresco dining pavilion. It also has a separate three-bedroom caretakers cottage.
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The median sale price in Bellevue Hill is $5.7 million. On the edge of Rose Bay Harbour, it’s close to elite private schools and spoilt for choice with secluded beaches.

Resort style 3-bedder on acreage in Byron Bay

100 Old Bangalow Road, Byron Bay NSW 2481 being sold by Janis Perkins from Real Estate of Distinction Byron Bay
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An architecturally designed house by Christine Vadasz, this resort-style home is set in a sub-tropical paradise. An absolute escape from the hustle and bustle, this high-end cabin in the woods will make you feel like you’re on permanent vacay! Open plan living, high ceilings and a bespoke kitchen creates space and relaxed vibes.
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With five cedar clad pavilions, including the pool house that features a sauna and outdoor shower, you can bask in the abundant natural surroundings. This Byron Bay delight is an entertainer’s dream, with a helipad to welcome the VIP guests. Seven dams scatter the 18 acre property, there’s also a sparkling ozone pool, a horse paddock, and a resident peacock!

Lavish 4-bedder in Toorak

8 Barnard Road, Toorak VIC 3142 sold by Marcus Chiminello & Nicole French from Mashall White Armadale
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How much will this luxury home in Melbourne’s popular suburb of Toorak set you back? Just a cool $11,995,000. The rooms are spacious and light-filled with oak parquetry floors covering most of the ground floor. There’s a modern and relaxing sitting room with a cosy gas fireplace, multiple formal rooms, a media room and study.
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The main bathroom and kitchen feature stone and marble elements that add to the opulence of the home. Each bedroom comes with its own ensuite, and the main features a stone bathtub. In the landscaped gardens, you can relax in the heated pool and spa or use the picturesque terrace for entertaining.

Contemporary masterpiece set on 100 acres in Dixons Creek

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If rural and private is your pace, this Dixons Creek mansion in the Yarra Valley offers contemporary and luxurious living just an hour from Melbourne. Designed by architect Marcus Roberts, it’s positioned on 100 acres and has two land titles. It boasts a tennis court, infinity pool and spa immersed in the rural landscape of eucalypt and paddocks.
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Built with a combination of textured blockwork, timber shiplap cladding and metal framework, this grand mansion is divided into three separate wings. There are nine double bedrooms and five-and-a-half bathrooms. There’s also a fully self-contained apartment available to staff or family. The price is provided upon application.

Asian-inspired 5-bedder in Tasmania

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Just ten minutes from all the amenities of Launceston, this stunning timber and concrete compound offers privacy and seclusion. The result of architect and client joining forces, there’s craftsmanship and handmade finishes throughout.
Capturing the sun, the Perth home has large double glazed windows and doors throughout. The luxurious main ensuite offers exquisite garden views from the comfort of an egg-shaped stone bath.
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The gardens are a stand-out feature of the property. Japanese maples line a dry, pebbly riverbed. There’s a pathway constructed from original railway sleeper timber that leads to the hand carved timber front door. Pathways continue along a natural stream and the pretty orchard. If you’re keen for a dip, the solar heated pool provides.
The concrete and timber aesthetic continues inside with polished concrete floors and spotted gum timber floors in different sections of the home, providing contrast. The current owners are accepting offers over $1.95 million.

Panoramic river and ocean views in Margaret River

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This stunning, architecturally designed four-bedroom home is all about maximising the views. And what an outlook it is! Overlooking both the Margaret River and the Indian Ocean, this unique crucifix-shaped home juts out across the landscape, capturing the light and the 220 degree panoramic views.
At the end of the northern wing, there’s a games room opening up to the outdoor deck - perfect for entertaining and taking in the vast beauty of the region.
Designed by acclaimed architect Richard Szklarz, essentially an oversized cantilevered glass box, it’s priced at a cool $5.8 million.

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