What’s your preference when it comes to property - romance, science or art?
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, the lovely old Wilston Queenslander Gillian Khaw visits is now a family home, but formerly hosted thousands of weddings in its heyday. Tim Leveson experiences futuristic living in a striking home in Sydney’s Dover Heights and Nick Tobias kicks back and enjoys the art of David Bromley in a cool Byron Bay beach pad.
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."
ROMANTIC QUEENSLANDER – Wilston, QLD
Built in 1904 this lovely Queenslander played host to thousands of weddings over decades from 1948. Little wonder it was showing signs of wear and tear by the time Jo and John bought it in 1996. Both their parents were married here, so it felt right making it home for their 4 kids.
The bones were there: expansive interiors, elegant proportions, wide hallways and after large scale renos it was returned to its former glory. This truly gracious home is filled with happy memories for Jo’s family along with romantic memories for all the couples married here.
"I've never been inside a Queenslander before, and it's made me feel a strange sense of nostalgia. And that's the amazing thing architecture can do to us. I feel like I've lived a day in some great Australian period drama. When renovating this heritage Queenslander, Jo's primary concern was to create a warm and welcoming home and I have to say she has absolutely delivered on that. Home is where the heart is."
MOEBIUS SPAGE AGE - Dover Heights, NSW
This striking, modern, pure white home in Sydney’s Dover Heights is about as far from a traditional family home as it gets. Moebius House was created by architect Tony Owen as a testament to his love of ‘liquid architecture’.
It was constructed in a similar way to a car with a steel frame and panels but its bold, curvaceous lines look futuristic, even space age. The interiors are open, modern, light filled and extremely hard wearing. With fabulous views across rooftops to Sydney Harbour, there’s no denying this is one unique party pad and a landmark of contemporary design.
"The more time I spend in this futuristic home, the more I fall in love with it. It's very brave and has pushed the boundaries successfully. The mix of innovative architecture, chic decor and attention-grabbing views makes this home both a fascinating experience and a truly pleasurable space to be in. It may look like it's just landed, but there's a surprisingly down-to-earth feel to this family home. I really love how easy and fun it is to live in."
ART HOUSE, Byron Bay, NSW
Daniel had a boutique clothing store in Melbourne and one of his regular clients, the well-known Australian artist David Bromley, soon became a friend. In 2012 Dan was looking for a sea change and ended up buying David’s quirky, art filled home in Byron Bay.
Once you walk through the front door the classic 1920s beach shack assaults the senses thanks to Bromley’s artworks and Daniel’s vibrant interior renovations which have given the home a new lease of life.
"Dan's risk-taking, edgy and unique home has left me both inspired and relaxed. Dan's aim with his Byron home, was to allow him to escape from the stresses of urban life, but still maintain a sense of creativity and stimulation in his daily environment. And boy, has he achieved that. I did not want to leave and definitely caught the Byron bug".