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A couple of years ago close friends of ours travelled from the UK to visit us. They had planned the trip well before we decided to emigrate to Australia and probably wouldn’t have stopped off in Adelaide if we didn’t live here. Nevertheless, they spent a few very enjoyable days in South Australia and said it wasn’t what they expected. Their next destination was the fabulous location of Port Douglas. As keen divers they were excited about exploring the barrier reef. They also fell in love with this charming location and recommended that we should plan a vacation here. » Read more

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Last year I was in Queensland (Australia) with my family, on holiday. In contrast to Adelaide (which has a dry temperature) the weather is tropical all year round. This is one of the many reasons that people chose to live here. In fact, many fortunate buyers have built idyllic weekend retreats so they can escape the hustle and bustle of the city life. If money was no object I would certainly build a property in this region. I would also employ the talents of the renowned architect Charles Wright. » Read more

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I really enjoy looking at real estate websites to see what is available on the market. As I worked in this industry for a few years I am always intrigued by some of the phrases used. For example, many companies will describe the property as architect designed without any specifics. In my opinion this term only has any validity when the architect is actually named. Otherwise it has absolutely no relevance to the buyer at all. » Read more

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A good friend of mine is a very successful property developer in Adelaide. Over the last twenty (or so) years he has established himself in a highly competitive environment. The main reason is because he has a meticulous eye for detail and doesn’t take any unnecessary risks (relatively speaking). Essentially he finds the right site to build and procures it at a viable cost. This means he can always deliver a quality product to the client at a realistic price. From time to time we discuss various topics that I write about and in particular contemporary architecture. That is why he has very interested to hear about a wonderful house called “O” De Squisito that I had just discovered. » Read more

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Over the last few weeks I have featured some absolutely spectacular properties on Total Design Reviews. There have been two phenomenal Manhattan penthouses (The Plaza, 1 Central Park South, Midtown East and Baccarat Hotel & Residences, 20 West 53rd Street), a contemporary UK residence (Elgon House) and a futuristic German Villa (Dupli Casa). A lot of people (especially in real estate) use the terms amazing, outstanding and out of this world far too frequently. However these are four exquisite properties that only the rich and famous can afford. Another great example is a brilliant architect designed house in Beverley Hills, California, called Summit House. » Read more

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Presently quite a few of my friends have bought plots of land and are building their own homes. Interestingly they all categorically state that undertaking this type of project is nothing like they imagined. For a start there are many planning restrictions and a significant amount of red tape. Budgets are also a major factor and sacrifices need to be made along the way. In an ideal world I am sure most people would love to build a house without any compromise in an idyllic location. Essentially this is what the owners of Dupli Casa have been able to achieve. » Read more

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A few years ago a close friend of mine visited New York accompanied by her mother. She described the vacation as captivating and told me an anecdote (which she has subsequently dined out on for years) about an experience she had over there. Whilst sitting in a delicatessen she noticed a young unshaven gentleman sitting on his own enjoying a supersized sandwich. You might think this is common occurrence but the man in question was Leonardo Dicaprio. » Read more