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Luxe Listings: It’s city vs country luxury

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In a new series, we take you inside some of Canberra’s most luxurious listings thanks to Zango’s new Million Dollar Homes. Who says you can’t tour what you can’t afford?

Now that we’re stuck in our homes with time on our hands, it is time to give a silent word of thanks for Zango’s Million Dollar Homes—taking us straight to the best interiors porn we can access when we can’t actually be drooling over open homes.

Apart from being your first stop for listings of the city’s most beautiful homes if you are actually in the market to upscale—the site is a veritable treasure trove of luxurious domestic inspiration.

Two recent listings caught our eye in particular—the historic Mill Pond Farm in Braidwood and a spectacularly modern family home on Smyth Place in Hughes. In terms of beautiful places to self-isolate, both come highly recommended—yet offer very different styles and features.

42-hectare Mill Pond Farm, which lies just 10 minutes from beautiful Braidwood, features both a Victorian Gothic homestead (built in stages from 1839 to 1875) and a beautifully restored granite stone and brick mill.

The subject of a meticulous 11-year restoration, Mill Pond boasts lush fields bordering the Jembaicumbene Creek, established gardens with swimming pond, and rare 1850s specimen trees. And in terms of space, there’s enough room for numerous parties to self-isolate, with six reception rooms including an entrance hall, library, drawing room, breakfast room, summer room and formal dining room.

The huge country kitchen has cathedral ceilings and comprehensive gourmet fittings including gas range and an Aga stove, large pantry and silver closet, looking out onto both a lovely kitchen garden, and a fountain in the formal courtyard.

If you want all those period features, including a fireplace (in fact, don’t stop at just one when there are seven of them), cast iron claw-foot baths and French doors leading onto expansive verandas, then this is the place for you.

And it doesn’t stop at the homestead. The property features a pretty 1840’s stable with three stalls, a loose box and a tack room, and an extensive 1840’s wooden barn and workshop.

The property’s 19th-century schoolhouse has been converted to a sunny studio used as a teahouse for visitors.


Naturally, a major drawcard of the property is the exceptional four-storey stone and brick flour mill. Built in 1859, it offers four gigantic floors of flexible creative space.

Unique in this part of NSW, the mill is among the best examples of its type in Australia and in exceptional condition. Currently housing a successful gallery on two floors, the upper floors are suitable for conversion to accommodation or many other uses.

If, however, your tastes run more into a move-in-ready luxury home where you won’t have to lift a finger once you are in the keyless entry—then Hughes may be your new suburb.

Located at the top of a family-friendly cul-de-sac with the nature reserve as your backdrop, this family home has enormous street presence and absolutely positively nothing left to do to it.

Fully renovated and generously extended, this four-bedroom home has spectacular views out to the Brindabellas while being conveniently located near the heart of Woden.

If cooking is your thing—and right now, what else are we supposed to be doing, right?—then look no further than this home’s kitchen.

With a showstopping five-metre stone bench as the centrepiece, this home will truly shine once it is time to host spectacular dinner parties, drawing everyone to congregate around the bench while the masterchef of the family takes care of the rest.

Features include double 600mm Miele ovens, two Miele dishwashers, induction cooktop, abundant storage, soft close drawers, feature lighting and a brilliant butler’s pantry.

The indoor/outdoor flow from this area is seamless with full-length sliders taking you directly out onto the expansive deck that is covered by the rain-sensor Vergola, with an outdoor kitchen making life easy.


In terms of luxury appointments, nothing has been left out, from the Queensland spotted gum flooring featuring throughout to a striking timber and glass staircase that leads you up to the luxurious master suite and dream ensuite.


Downstairs you’ll find a separate theatre/rumpus room, three bedrooms with built-in robes, a superb powder room and the magnificent main bathroom which features dual basins, underfloor heating, electric Velux skylight, double shower heads, deep soaking bath, bench seat and fabulous storage. Need we say more?

The surrounding manicured gardens are large enough to ensure privacy and space for kids and pets but—as with everything in this house—there is an auto irrigation with a sky drop controller and a 5,000 litre water tank with pump to keep everything lush and green without you needing to devote yourself to the task—and be kind to the planet in the process. This address is the ultimate in well-situated and easy living.


As you consider your options when it comes to country vs city, Million Dollar Homes will continue to bring you first details of all the most beautiful listings across Canberra and the region—and right now, we have plenty of time to daydream over them.

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