The most affordable trophy homes on the market

By Samantha Thorne

We’ve all seen articles about millionaires and billionaires snapping-up exorbitant trophy homes in elite suburbs like Point Piper and Toorak. It all makes the very idea of owning a top-tier home feel virtually impossible for many. 

But the truth is, a trophy home doesn’t need to cost millions of dollars, and with an ongoing trend of migration towards regional towns in Australia, a wow-worthy home is more within reach than we think. You just need to get out of the expensive Melbourne and Sydney markets to see them.

Don’t believe us? Here’s a handful of gorgeous Australian homes currently on the market that wouldn’t look out of place in the pages of Real Living or Vogue. 

 
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Architectural living on the NSW Sapphire Coast

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1476 Sapphire Coast Drive, Wallagoot is currently listed for $1.176 million.

Fancy an architecturally-designed home on over two hectares? For the price of a trendy inner-Sydney apartment, you can have it all on the NSW South Coast. This three-bedroom home plus separate self-contained studio comes in at $1.175 million. 

It has been consciously designed, utilising white quartz from the site and timber from the trees that were cleared to make way from the home. To really stay true to nature, the natural bush surrounding the home still remains. 

European-style homestead 30 minutes from Canberra

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93 Bingley Way, Wamboin is a luxurious European-style home just 30 minutes from Canberra.

Not the cheapest of the bunch, but with an asking price of $1.45 million-$1.55 million, we think this grand home could be considered affordable compared to a waterfront home in Sydney’s Vaucluse. 

A tennis court, farm, open fireplace, olive grove, solar, swimming pool, established gardens, wandering wisteria, two dams, outdoor studio… the list goes on. 

 
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Ocean views for miles

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2a Tasman Street, Merimbula.

Dreaming of a sparkly ocean view? Imagine living a two minute walk from it and seeing it from just about every room. 

For $1.25 million, the price of a run-down Victorian semi or terrace in either Sydney or Melbourne, you can score this stunning Long Point home in the charming NSW town of Merimbula. The home was architecturally designed by renowned firm Collins & Turner, the team behind some of the most iconic buildings in Sydney’s well-heeled Barangaroo. 

Boasting four bedrooms and two bathrooms, if the floor-to-ceiling windows and ocean views don’t get you, then the enormous outdoor terrace and sleek interior will. 

Classic Queenslander for sale in Mount Mellum

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6 Ocean View Road, Mount Mellum is on the market for $899,000.

Ever considered a life in the hills of the Sunshine Coast hinterland? Check out this stunning four bedroom colonial Queenslander for $899,000. With modern touches throughout, fully-terraced gardens, a pool and expansive ocean views, there is so much to love. 

A Tasmanian mid-century palace awaits

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52 Bald Hill Road, Trevallyn.

This home built in the 1950s is just stunning. Four bedrooms, grand electric gates, beautiful landscaped gardens, ducted heating and a leafy outlook from every room. The vendors are currently seeking offers over $995,000. 

Pack your bags, we’re moving to the Whitsundays

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This Whitsundays property is on the market for $995,000

Who doesn’t want that holiday feeling for the rest of their lives? For a tidy $995,000, you could call this modern four-bedroom, light-filled property your own. 

The home is complete with a private pool, Tasmanian oak flooring, glass louvre windows and uninterrupted ocean views. What more could you ask for?

Modernist masterpiece on the Hawkesbury River

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Beautiful Bar Point property, seeaking offers between $1m - $1.1m.

Another masterpiece, this time in Bar Point on the Hawkesbury in New South Wales. Coined ‘Belford,’ this beautifully designed 2011 home has even won architectural awards. 

Set on a deep, waterfront parcel of land, the home has been designed to be at one with the surrounding National Park. The home features high raked ceilings, luxury fittings and appliances, flawless indoor/outdoor living, and even your own private jetty. 

If you’re seeking some serenity, you’ll truly get it here, as the property can only be accessed by water. 

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Your own private jetty awaits.
 
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Travel back in time with this palatial manor

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Gorgeous manor in the centre of the Barossa on the market for $695,000-$725,000.

This enchanting property was built in 1855, and is set in the middle of South Australia’s wine country. This home is a well-known fixture of the Lyndoch township in the Barossa Valley, and is affectionately known as “The Coffee Palace.” 

For somewhere between $695,000 and $725,000, you get a seven bedroom property, with beautiful old-world charm. Settle-in and make it your own, or start your very own bed and breakfast and capitalise on the steady stream of tourism making its way into the Barossa. 

Bundanoon beauty in the NSW Southern Highlands

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English style cottage in Bundanoon with a price guide of $1,050,000.

According to selling agent Megan Williams, this property will pull at your heartstrings. If you’ve ever fancied yourself living in the English countryside, without having to move to the other side of the planet, this property might be it. 

With 10 foot ceilings, picture rails, stained-glass windows, an open fireplace, skylights, and established manicured gardens, this property is storybook perfect. There’s even a separate art studio out the back. 

Megan Williams from Jordan Crossing Real Estate advises on a $1,050,000 price guide. 

 

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