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Multimillion Dollar Home For Sale

Updated on May 01, 2010

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.

Photograph by Destrier
Photograph by Destrier
That bit up the top ISN'T a diving platform, it's an observation deck. Photograph by Destrier
That bit up the top ISN'T a diving platform, it's an observation deck. Photograph by Destrier

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.

Photograph by Destrier
Photograph by Destrier
Photograph by Destrier
Photograph by Destrier

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.

Photograph by Destrier
Photograph by Destrier
Photograph by Destrier
Photograph by Destrier

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.

Photograph by Destrier
Photograph by Destrier

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.

A photoshoppers impression of what the pool would look like full of water. Photograph and Editing by Destrier
A photoshoppers impression of what the pool would look like full of water. Photograph and Editing by Destrier
Photograph by Destrier
Photograph by Destrier

The Lift

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.

Photograph by Destrier
Photograph by Destrier
Photograph by Destrier
Photograph by Destrier

The Levels

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?

Photograph by Destrier
Photograph by Destrier
One of the many bathrooms in the 10 storey house. Photograph by Destrier
One of the many bathrooms in the 10 storey house. Photograph by Destrier

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.

The main kitchen. There are a few other kitchens on other floors. Photograph by Destrier
The main kitchen. There are a few other kitchens on other floors. Photograph by Destrier
Fantastic views while you eat your dinner. Photograph by Destrier
Fantastic views while you eat your dinner. Photograph by Destrier

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.

This is one side of the office, rotate to the right and it's practically the same view, another desk, executive chair and more paperwork. Imagine publishing hubs up here. Photograph by Destrier
This is one side of the office, rotate to the right and it's practically the same view, another desk, executive chair and more paperwork. Imagine publishing hubs up here. Photograph by Destrier
A view from the observation deck. Photograph by Destrier
A view from the observation deck. Photograph by Destrier

What could a house like this be used for?

  • Motorcycle Club Clubhouse
  • Gym
  • 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

Photograph by Destrier
Photograph by Destrier

What would you use this house for?

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      Paula Atwell 7 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Wow! Glad you didn't show us you getting naked in the jacuzzi. ;) Some house.

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      Juliette Kando 7 years ago from Andalusia

      Wow! Some house that is. What is the asking price? What's the nearest city?

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      Glen 7 years ago from Australia

      Nearest city is Newcastle. Which is about an hours drive south.

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      Nera Woods 7 years ago

      Wow, just being able to take in the views while lazing, writing, talking with family...it's a dream

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Hey- this looks just like my house! Thanks for an incredible tour. Great, fantastic hub.

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      HealthyHanna 7 years ago from Utah

      WOW! I would never last even a visit in a house like that. I get dizzy just looking at it in the pictures.

      The pictures are beautiful and crazy.

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      Ann Nonymous 7 years ago from Virginia

      It's a remarkable architectural monument, no doubt about it, but slightly reminds me of a hotel. On the other hand that one rug in the bathroom dispels that theory. As grand as it looks and with such an amazing view not to mention your wonderfully descriptive written article, I'm thinking thanks but no thanks. And I also think, who's going to clean it all?!?!?!

      Well done, darkside!

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      Mike Lickteig 7 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      That is quite a home, there. I could put my family and friends up in a place like that with me and still never see 'em. Adsense better be paying off big time to buy this place.

      Thanks for sharing, this was very interesting.

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      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      Well, a little breakaway from your usual hubs, Glen. I was amazed at this place.. but I don't know whether I would be interested in purchasing just at the moment - the pool is a little too small for me! hahaha! x

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      ryankett 7 years ago

      Looks incredible! I can see the potential in a buyer redeveloping it actually, into 6 one bedroom flats and a penthouse, and then making certain areas like the swimming pool and a new gym communal. It does look very much like a mini-hotel!

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      CMHypno 7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      The outside looks like a block of flats in Watford! An unusual house, but wouldn't be my choice if I had that type of money.

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      dan 7 years ago

      where is the for sale link?

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      Glen 7 years ago from Australia

      It's being auctioned off on 2nd May. If you search for 'girvan' at realestate.com.au there are plenty more details.

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      Ru-an 7 years ago from South Afirca

      Hi darkside, i couldnt help noticing that 'home for sale' had 11 million searches on the internet last month. Isnt that too much competition or is just a hub you made for fun?

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      Glen 7 years ago from Australia

      It was a case of having the opportunity presenting itself and it being fun. I had the content first and then went did the keyword research and checked out the available URLs.

      Whether it's for pleasure or profit you might as well go fishing where the fish are biting.

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      Lecie 7 years ago

      i would use it as one of those mystery getaways. you know where people come from all over to crack a murder that is stagged. like the game clue but funnier.lol

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      jgw899 7 years ago from Santa Cruz

      Wish I lived there. Great photography as well, really captured the beauty of the house.

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      FlashGameReviews 7 years ago from Minnesota

      That is an amazing house! I personally would hate living in that though, because who's going to clean it all up?

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      Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      This is a house? It looks like a condo building to me. But the view is awesome.

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      chbartel 7 years ago from Indianapolis, IN

      wow, what a cool home! Good article!

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      Research Analyst 7 years ago

      awesome views,looks like a high rise hotel building in new york city

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      Yeldarb 7 years ago

      WOW I LOVE THE FAMILY ROOM!!!

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      Alya rose 7 years ago from From beyond the reeds

      It does look like a hotel!I envy the lucky souls living there.

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      Daniel Christian 7 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Wow, a guy can dream!

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      fishtiger58 7 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      So is it only 2 people living there? It's beautiful but a big large. On the other hand I could live there. Beautiful photos.

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      Glen 7 years ago from Australia

      One family. I think there are 6 or 7 people living there.

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      Destrier 7 years ago

      The house is amazing. Not my cup of tea but worth walking up all those stairs numerous times to get the photos for the owner. :)

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      George Poe 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Nice work. Thanks for sharing..

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      What a story! First glance I believed it was an apartment building in the U.S. based on how it was structured. The red carpet was (interesting) to say the least, but climbing the stairs to the top , I had to laugh because you certainly carried us with your words my knees would have been tired to and I am in shape. lololo

      I do wonder how they were able to get the hot tub to the level it is located, mmmmm I don't know if a Crane could have did it. Maybe they manually took it through the house and up the staircase. Well that would certainly have been exhausting. I enjoyed reading this and do have to say that you also have a great sense of humor and the pictures were fantastic , thank you for sharing. :)

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      Glen 7 years ago from Australia

      Since publishing this hub the house has been on several news and current affairs television shows as well as at least one newspaper that I know of. But HubPages got to see it first!

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      It is absolutely fantastic and I have people standing around me looking at it as I type they are in Awe! How did he get that hot tub up there? All of us are curious. :)

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      Glen 7 years ago from Australia

      When I was on the top deck and looking at the hot tub I asked the owners granddaughter (she's in her 20s) on how it got up there and she reckons by crane. Then I wanted to know how they got the crane out there. The last couple of kilometres is pretty steep and twisting. She said that the first two cranes didn't make it. The third did.

      I think a helicopter would have been easier, and even cheaper.

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      abinavis 7 years ago from Bat Island

      Really a great house and great hub too. I can't imagine how can I stay there. Dream house.

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      Greg Cremia 7 years ago from Outer Banks

      Pretty cool house but too many steps for me to live with. Might be a good vacation though.

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      lender3212000 7 years ago from Beverly Hills, CA

      Looks great, I'll take one! (or at least keep dreaming anyway)

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      Daniel Christian 7 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Funny, it's kind of like a modified hotel.

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      Gary A Bowles 7 years ago from Los Angeles Area

      Cool Hub. Thanks for showing us the different styles of living that people choose. Certainly not the type of architecture that you see in the states for single family dwelling.

      It would be definitely intersting to be able to move to a different floor whenever you wanted to. Perhaps live 30 days at a time to change things up.

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      electricsky 7 years ago from North Georgia

      Wow - this is quite an interesting and different house - thanks for the pictures and hub.

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      traderx 7 years ago from Las Vegas

      Very entertaining, thanks for sharing the house

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      acewebdesign 6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Wow that is one amazing house. The kind of stuff dreams are made of. Thanks for sharing the hub

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      It does need a fitness room at the very top! But do take the stairs. Any photos of the stairway?

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      Glen 6 years ago from Australia

      The stairway is unimpressive. Much like a concrete flight of steps one might expect on a multistory industrial building.

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      Whitney 6 years ago from Georgia

      Wow... What a house!

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      floss 6 years ago

      great house and great people thanx for the tour

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