I Own Australia's Best Home

Pioneer's Homestead, High Gloss Bungalow or Smart Bush Retreat?

What makes a house Australia's Best Home? It's up to you to decide which house from each episode you would like to see go in the running for the grand final.

In this episode, Tim has a unique stay in a wonderful colonial homestead outside Sydney at Mt White.  Gillian visits a family home in Norht Perth that’s been inventively reimagined, while Nick, also in WA heads to Quindalup to sample the many delights of a modern family home. 

Find out more about the houses below then cast your vote

PIONEER’S HOMESTEAD – Mt White, NSW

Professional show jumper Krissy and her horse training husband Heath turned an old quarry into a fabulous colonial style homestead.  Inspired by the property featured in The Man from Snowy River, their 22 acres now accommodates horse yards, paddocks, stables, an office and guest accommodation.  It took 2 years to landscape and build 3 timber and corrugated iron buildings that sit in a u shape connected by verandahs. They did most of the work themselves, their industrious stamp is on everything and the result is simple, hard wearing and visually stunning.

HIGH GLOSS BUNGALOW – North Perth, WA

Designers Jason and Nicole have reimagined a 1937 art deco bungalow thanks to a magnificent, unique 2 story extension.  Lustrous dark finishes are softened with mirrors, art and sculptural indoor plants.  An ornamental glass box connects the revitalised old house at the front to the new section at the back and draws the outdoors into the centre of the home.  Jason describes the look as ‘industrial glam’ while Nicole is in love with its dramatic sophistication – especially given it’s also tough enough to withstand the usual assaults of young children and dogs.

SMART BUSH RETREAT – Quindalup, WA 

This is a simple rectilinear construction of smooth concrete and large glass panels. With a lap pool and views of the Indian Ocean it’s the perfect retreat for Timothy and Elizabeth who split their time between London and it’s polar opposite on the WA coast.  It’s here, they can swim, cycle, do yoga and enjoy the fine wines of the Margaret River.  Look out for the amazing balcony shower, it’s one of many unique features.

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