Award-winning Australian homes you can buy now


Some design junkies collect coffee table books, while others scroll through Instagram’s eye candy celebrating great architecture. There are now opportunities in the market to make their dream home a reality.

Some design junkies collect coffee table books, while others scroll through Instagram’s eye candy celebrating great architecture. Then there are those who have the luxury of living in an award-winning home.

It may be an old cliché that our home is our castle, but since the pandemic, the saying has never been truer.

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A home that “works” through great design is at the top of any family’s wish list, but some homes are so carefully thought out and innovative that they top industry lists and turn heads. architecture aficionados.

Currently, there are a number of popular homes on the market, from glamorous and contemporary country retreats to pretty cottages converted into modern mansions.

Monaro Highway, Williamsdale NSW

Price: $3 million

In New South Wales, but only half an hour from Canberra, Millpost is not just a country house. It was awarded HIA’s ACT and Southern NSW Country Home of the year in 2010 and was a finalist in the HIA GreenSmart Awards in 2012. Although now 12 years old, this sprawling 142ha property still impresses today due to its intelligent ingenuity used to create more than ten years ago.

Fully self-contained and off-grid, the estate consists of a six-bedroom main residence and a three-bedroom guest house, a heated swimming pool, a championship-size tennis court, six large dams and a 500,000 liter water tank. There is even 500m of frontage along the Murrumbidgee River including a private beach.

Edsall Street, Malvern, Victoria

Price: $2.9 million to $3.1 million

First impressions aren’t everything. Take a look at the front of this suburban Melbourne cottage and it tells the story of a period home with all the charm of yesteryear.

But beyond the traditional shell, this winner is a contemporary makeover that won top prize at the 2019 Australian Interior Design Awards for residential design.

It was also shortlisted for the 2019 Australian Institute of Architects Best Alterations and Additions award.

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Originally built in the 1890s, the four-bedroom home was redesigned by Ritz & Ghougassian architects and now features sleek modern interiors with plenty of glass and wood finishes to create warm skylights and a extra space. Even the gardens are special, with landscaping by award-winning firm Vivid Design.

Emperor Street, Annerley, Queensland

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Old schoolhouse in the front, modern party in the back, this cottage conversion is a great example of what the best creatives can do when they blend heritage features with modern design. Designed by Brisbane-based architects Zuzana & Nicholas, Annerley House won the House Alteration and Addition award (under 200m²) at the Houses Awards in 2021.

The extension, known as the garden room, has been designed to maximize the northeast orientation.

It has a concrete floor and large sliding glass doors with stairs leading to a loft that could be a home office or a children’s playroom.

Printers Lane, Darlinghurst, NSW

Price: $3.5 million

Once a 1930s electrical substation, this house on the outskirts of Sydney is just 50m².

Masterfully reworked by Tribe Studio, the four-storey, three-bedroom heritage home now boasts not only 194m² of living space, but also the 2019 Greenway award from the Australian Institute of Architects NSW Awards.

There are exposed concrete interiors, high ceilings, a spectacular internal stairwell suspended in metal latticework, designer finishes in the kitchen and two bathrooms, as well as a hidden roof terrace with private swimming pool.

Glen Stuart Road, Woodforde SA

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Winner of the Carbon Neutral Adelaide Leadership and Influence Award in 2020, this unique residence also holds the title of South Australia’s first 10-star home.

Featured in several publications, the house has all the latest home automation and energy efficiency tips.

Created by SUHO, the property was built in 2020 from locally sourced materials and has been used as a show house for its savvy design.

It has triple glazed windows and uses a heat recovery system to manage the ventilation so that there is an ambient temperature of 18 to 26 degrees all year round.

And as an all-electric home, it has a rooftop solar and battery system, plus an EV charging station, so energy and fuel bills are a thing of the past. .


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