What makes a house Australia's Best Home? It's up to you decide which house from each episode you would like you see go through to the grand final.
In Episode 2, Nick Tobias has an active stay in an amazing Alice Springs home owned by cycling enthusiasts. Gillian Khaw is charmed by a relaxed family cottage in Sydney’s Palm Beach and Tim Leveson experiences a taste of Italy in a grand Italianate villa on park like grounds in Bowral.
Find out more about the houses below then cast your vote to decide who should go through to the grand final and be crowned "Australia's Best Home."
OUTBACK TRAILBLAZER – Alice Springs, NT
It took 10 years from buying the land to building the house but doctors Steve and Ciara love their 2 story super contemporary glass and polished concrete home. These passionate cyclists describe the house they share with their beloved dogs as ‘an eski with a sun hat’ because of its double roof design. It has a feature central courtyard, light-filled spaces for entertaining, stunning views of Alice, a 20 metre lap pool and bike trails at their doorstep – so why would they ever want to leave?
"This is beautifully-crafted house that truly pays homage to its dramatic landscape. But more than that, its a connected home that has captured the hearts of Steve and Ciara - both as a piece of architecture, but also in the way it has united them with their community in Alice Springs."
- STYLISH BEACH SHACK – Palm Beach, NSW
Katy and Adam’s Palm Beach cottage is a testament to the good life. They’ve transformed a classic 1928 Palmy weatherboard into a creative haven where friends and family gather to wine, dine and soak up the view. The light filled 4 bedroom house has a relaxed beach vibe enhanced by re-purposed furniture, road-side finds and whimsical nic-nacs.It’s a house filled with kids, animals, love and laughter.
"This house just makes me feel so happy. Katie and Adam's vision of creating a idyllic and relaxed way of life has come to fruition. This home has a special something that money can't buy. I think they've built a truly sincere place. I fell completely in love with it."
ITALIAN VILLA – Bowral, NSW
This spectacular Italianate residence is a true reflection of owners Roy & Wendy and their passion for Italy. Roy has reproduced a typical Italian villa on magnificent parklike grounds in the southern highlands to remind him of his childhood homeland. From the grand entrance with its central gallery and ornate staircase, to the lofty dimensions, terraces and arched windows, not a single detail of this stunning home has been overlooked.
"This house really is a masterpiece on a grand scale. It is a true testament to Roy and his Italian background and his love of family. And I really get it now. Like all traditional Italian households, the home is clearly the heart of this family. It brings all generations together, forging a lifetime of memories and accomplishing exactly what Roy and Wendy set out to do when they built it."
So, which house deserves a place in the final? VOTE NOW! Remember, you only get one vote per episode. Plus you could win one of three $5,000 vouchers from Plush just for voting.