- Real Estate
Multimillion Dollar Home For Sale
Imagine standing on the balcony at the top of a house and knowing that if you were to go over the railing and fell, you'd be dead.
Okay, it's a gruesome start to a sales pitch but this is no ordinary house for sale.
14 kilometers from the intersection of the main road (which isn't much of a main road) is a house, in the middle of nowhere. I may have been approximately 5 kilometers from the house when I first saw it. It's as if someone transplanted a high rise building from Surfers Paradise (Gold Coast, Queensland), along with a good supply of palm trees, to the middle of rural New South Wales.
At night you'd probably notice the house from even further, as it is lit up like a Christmas tree, with colorful blue, green and red lights running up the 10 levels of mid-70s era style.
I really don't know where to start...
The house was built 10 years ago. The owner is a soft spoken, good natured fellow. You might expect someone loud and brash to have had the imagination and balls to have considered erecting such an extravagant landmark. It could be Australia's best kept secret, and if it wasn't it would stand up alongside Australia's monumental landmarks, both natural and manmade, such as the Sydney Opera House, Ayers Rock and the Three Sisters.
As you approach the house on along the private built road it looms ahead as it grows bigger and stands over the top of you.
To say the house is a mansion is an understatement. It has all the trappings of an expensive lifestyle.
The ground floor is carpeted with red plush carpet, which is surely a sign of things (of the 70s era) to come. Each level has a balcony, each balcony provides views that get more spectacular than the last.
To the right on the ground floor level is the two car garage. I only had a glance but I suspect you could also fit in a few motorcycles and other recreational vehicles.
While the decor is straight out of the 70s it's pleasant to look at. Comfortable, and certainly livable. Everything is clean and tidy, a testament to the Pete's wife Jean who at her mature years shouldn't be climbing so many flights of stairs. Trust me on that, I'm half her age and almost died of exhaustion getting half way up to the top.
To the left is an indoor pool. It's sans water right now, they emptied it three days ago for a good clean. Not sure when it'll get filled because it will take One hundred and twenty thousand (120,000) liters of water to fill it. It doesn't take much to imagine it filled. With a strong scent of chlorine in the air. I tried my best not to close my eyes in case I dove in head first.
There is a lift. And predictably carpeted in a thick red pile. By the way, take off your shoes at the front door, your feet will love you for it as they sink into the thick carpet.
Unfortunately the lift isn't working. Which is why I had to ascend the tower via the stairs. They do have the part on order. Though I'd love to see the look on the lift technicians face when he's out in the middle of nowhere expecting to find a ten storey shopping mall.
* The elevator has since been fixed and is now in good working order.
The first 3 floors are separate and spacious bedrooms. As a family is living there I didn't encroach on their personal and private lives.
After that there's a kitchen and dining room. Which looks far more modern than the trappings in the rest of the house. At a glance it would be a chef's delight to prepare and present food. In fact, I think if the dining table is moved a camera could be set up and you could shoot your own cooking show. And there are kitchenette's on other levels too.
I could be wrong but the 5th floor could be another living/lounge area. I can't remember, I was too busy gasping for breath. Though if you're fit and healthy you'd probably make it all the way to 8 or 9 before breaking a sweat. I figure if I had the money to buy this place I'd put a gym on the top floor and get myself back into shape. After the lift is fully operational of course. How else would I get the weights all the way up there?
We had a few more levels of bedrooms and then level 9 is the home office of Pete. Plenty of desk space, in fact decked out with enough room to spare for two executives. I didn't want to leave. And not because I knew the descent down would be murder on my calf muscles.
One more flight of stairs and we're at the top, with cane seating and cushions. If I didn't know better I would have thought it was set up for me and my sore legs, the heart that was thumping out of my chest and the sweat that flowed freely out of every pore on my upperbody.
Once I got my breath back I exited to the balcony and took in the view. Oh... My... God... a photo would not do it justice, just don't look down, like I did. I had to step away for a while because vertigo got the better of me.
But back to the railing and I drank in the spectacular sight. It was nothing less than majestic. If Pete sold tickets to access this view I would have bought one and prebooked a dozen for my family to come the next time. Not only that but there's are stairs that lead to a landing so you can see from even higher, and further. I got half way up those stairs when we got a stiff breeze. A braver soul would have gone to the top. It was certainly safe, but fear got the better of me.
There's a 6 or 8 seater spa bath (jacuzzi) on the balcony. I have no idea how the hell they got it up there. By crane? If so it'd be a decent sized crane, and how the hell did they get a crane out to the house in the first place? By chopper? Though it would probably have been cheaper and easier to get a helicopter to drop the spa bath off. However it was done one would be feeling like spoilt royalty to be soaking in the hot tub, high above the troubles of the world and looking at the stars.
I would have been tempted to get naked right there and then except it wasn't dark yet, and it was empty.
What could a house like this be used for?
- Motorcycle Club Clubhouse
- Dot Com Start Up
- Olympic Swimming Training Center
- Plastic Surgery Recovery Unit
- Leadership Training Facility
- Superheroes Headquarters
- Evil Masterminds Lair
- Porn Film Production Studio
- Ze Geek HQ
- Recording Studio
- The Ultimate Bachelor Pad