I Own Australia's Best Home

Desert Oasis, Elegant Barn House or Grand Mansion?

What makes a house Australia's Best Home? It's up to you to decide which house you would like to see go into the final. 

In this last episode before the finale, we take you to three fabulous, luxury pads in various hues! Tim heads to Alice Springs where a silvery sleek, automated home awaits him. Nick relishes the elegance of a charcoal black Berry barn on a rich green lawn and Gillian indulges in the classical splendour of an all white Gone with the Wind style mansion in Sydney’s Kenthurst.

Find out more about the houses below then cast your vote.

Desert Oasis, Alice Springs, NT

Owner Steve and his family relish their impressive silver pile on the edge of the Alice Springs golf course.  The angular, concrete, glass and alloy structure sits on a 10,000 square metre block. It has interconnecting wings with sleek, timber lined interiors, quality modern furniture and pops of bold colour. Steve’s love of electronic gadgets ensures it’s fully automated and operable from portable devices.

With a glass lift, pool, tennis court and guest pavilion all commanding spectacular views of the McDonnell Ranges, you can see why Steve – who grew up with very little – is counting on this amazing home to set his sons up for a bright future.

Elegant Barn House, Berry, NSW

Designer Jilly’s elegant Berry retreat is a sort of living history of her life filled with beautiful objects from her travels, photos and flowers. Oversized furniture fills out the spacious rooms.  Simple polished concrete floors give the interiors a sleek, industrial feel and a breezeway links the original 1970s project home with a distinctive new barn addition.

An understated all black exterior marries the buildings which grow charmingly from a level green lawn dotted with trees.  It’s a lovely environment which has drawn back Jilly’s children and grandchildren, some of whom call it home too.

Grand Mansion, Kenthurst, NSW 

Inspired by Tara the Gone with the Wind mansion, this grand neo classical, all white, home on Sydney’s rural fringe is the love project of Australia’s first female car dealer: Norma. Entirely her vision from design to implementation, her incredible pile took a year and a half to build with her at the helm from start to finish.  Norma wanted a home that had huge proportions, splendid rooms, gilded finishes, a cinema, frescoed banquet room, an eclectic art collection, a sweeping, curved central staircase and a gallery level.  

A huge terrace spills outside to a Hollywood style swimming pool.  The impressive entrance is crowned by a 100 globe chandelier which hangs alluringly below a $20,000 dome –  a replica of one Cher has in her kitchen!

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