Most-viewed property listings of 2022 so far, from mega metro mansions to country estates

An eclectic mix of high-priced and architecturally stunning properties have topped the ranks of most-viewed sale listings on so far in 2022.

Analysis of activity on the country’s number one property portal for the first half of the year shows Aussies remain obsessed with dreamy abodes.

And it’s clear that homes with quirky or unique features are likely to capture imaginations.

Spectacular views and a hefty price tag

One look at this Mosman mega mansion and it’s easy to see why the five-bedroom, four-bathroom home went viral shortly after hitting the market.

Boasting priceless views of Sydney Harbour, the Opera House, and the city skyline, 13 Rickard Avenue was held by the previous owner for 40 years.

This Mosman mansion’s very unique cave-like tunnel entrance turned heads. Picture:

And while it features luxury finishes and every possible creature comfort, it was the unique tunnel-like entry that generated the most attention.

Resembling a kind of cave, the unique rocky entry connecting the main entrance and garage to the home’s lift certainly made a statement.

…but so too did its spectacular views of Sydney Harbour and the city. Picture:

Chic interiors, multiple sprawling living areas, a gourmet chef’s kitchen, oversized bedrooms and several outdoor entertaining spaces completed the prized offering.

Not long after hitting the market, the home sold in February for a whopping $11.5 million.

The sprawling home fetched a pretty penny at sale. Picture:

Hamptons-style oceanfront home

The old real estate adage of ‘location, location, location’ was coined for homes just like this, which boast unbeatable positions that buyers dream of.

Sitting on a huge 1092sqm block on the edge of a rocky cliff, taking in expansive views of the ocean, the five-bedroom, five-bathroom Cronulla property is the epitome of coastal luxe.

This Cronulla stunner is a brilliant example of Hamptons-style design. Picture:

And 83 The Esplanade is still up for grabs, with a price guide of $11.5 million to $12.5 million.

The contemporary Hamptons-style interiors have been finished to the highest of standards, offering spacious indoor/outdoor living and entertaining options.

High-end design meets priceless ocean views throughout. Picture:

The expansive views from Kurnell Point to Jibbon Beach are visible from most parts of the home, and the popular Shelly Beach and Oak Park are just footsteps away.

Perfect for families or entertainers, the home boasts a formal living room with fireplace, a French provincial-style eat-in kitchen, a heated mosaic tiled pool, an outdoor kitchen, and sprawling lawns.

Those unobstructed ocean views are on offer from virtually every room. Picture:

Historic home jam-packed with character

There’s nothing quite like the grandeur and charm of a Queenslander – built to stand the test of time and endure the harsh climate, whether cool or blisteringly hot.

And this five-bedroom, four-bathroom home at 56 Victoria Avenue in Chelmer is one of the finest examples of the Queenslander style.

The home is a spectacular example of Queenslander design. Picture:

Sitting on a 1000sqm elevated block, the property – known as Trevallyn – was built in 1905 and was lovingly restored by its previous owners.

The result of their meticulous work is a blending of the old, from iconic VJ walls to soaring ceilings and timber floorboard, and new, including a high-spec kitchen with Calacatta benchtops and a glittering tiled swimming pool.

The massive home has been beautifully renovated and restored. Picture:

Wrapped in a classic oversized balcony, the outdoors is brought in throughout – especially in the living and dining area that’s wrapped in glass.

The mammoth master suite is a particular highlight, with a custom walk-in wardrobe and decadent ensuite in black complete with brass bathtub.

They don’t come much more opulent than this. Picture:

Elsewhere, there’s a self-contained guest quarters on the lower level, a library with bespoke bookshelves and ladder, an outdoor kitchen, and a mudroom with laundry chute.

The home sold in February, but the price hasn’t been disclosed.

The bespoke library is just one of the ultra luxe features. Picture:

Modern masterpiece in Melbourne’s east

Jaw-dropping – there aren’t many other ways to describe this brand-new residence in prestigious Toorak, which just went under contract.

From its imposing entrance foyer set behind a high walled garden, to the sumptuous living areas and high-end designer kitchen with commercial oven, cool room, and butler’s pantry, 46 Hopetoun Road sets a new benchmark in luxury and scale.

No expense was spared on this brand-new, ultra-modern Melbourne mansion. Picture:

With five bedrooms and six bathrooms, there’s plenty of space to live and grow, whether the new owner has a large family or merely expensive taste.

The luxe master suite features a gas log fireplace, a private north-facing balcony, dual walk-in wardrobes and an ultra-opulent ensuite.

The high-end design and chic contemporary styling make this the ultimate trophy home. Picture:

The remaining three bedrooms all feature walk-in robes and ensuites, while the upstairs accommodation wing also houses a parents’ retreat with its own bar.

The basement is where the multi-million dollar take on the traditional rumpus room can be found, with a decked-out home theatre, games room and lounge, gym and yoga studio, wine room, and sauna and steam room.

High ceilings and voids ensure the property is spacious and full of natural light. Picture:

Outside there’s a heated swimming pool and a grass tennis court to complete the offering.

For the automobile enthusiast, there’s garaging for seven cars.

While the sale price hasn’t been disclosed, the property had a guide price of $24.5 million to $26.5 million.

Outside is just as impressive as inside. Picture:

Where country meets the coast

Many Aussies sought a regional escape during the COVID-19 pandemic, and spectacular properties like this offered the chance to live the best of both worlds.

Nestled on a 4.33ha block in Merricks, about an hour from Melbourne, is four-bedroom, three-bathroom home offering privacy, comfort, and equestrian facilities.

The property offers the best of both worlds – a relaxed and private country vibe but a position that’s a stone’s throw from the beach. Picture:

Described as the “ultimate example of coast and country living”, 10 Merricks Beach Road was snapped up in February for $6.2 million.

It’s not hard to see why it had such strong appeal.

The interiors have been finished to a high standard with a contemporary palette. Picture:

While the home is almost entirely off-grid, with its own solar and battery infrastructure plus water harvesting and storage, there’s no shortage of luxury features and finishes.

From the enormous master suite with picture windows and walk-in shower to the office, gorgeous living area with fireplace, and designer kitchen with butler’s pantry, the home packs a punch.

Quaint views are on offer throughout. Picture:

A rumpus room opens out onto the yard with its sparkling swimming pool and north-facing alfresco dining and entertaining spaces.

Also found outside are sprawling gardens, a basketball court, a firepit with built-in seating, a 60m by 20m horse-riding arena, paddocks with horse shelters, a barn and stables, and fruit trees and a vegetable garden.

Renowned architect’s unique creation

Where to start with this Torrens Park marvel?

Sitting on an elevated and lush 18,900sqm block, comprising two separate lots, and boasting stunning 180-degree views of the coast and Adelaide CBD, is a four-bedroom, three-bathroom home with oodles of character, from a mosaic glass floor to a parquetry dance floor and heavy use of plush red carpet.

This striking property was the home of its designer, famed architect Peter Jansen. Picture:

Shaped like a ship, the mid-century modern dwelling at 9 Parkers Road was designed by famed architect Peter Jansen, with his trademark splashes of colour and fun.

Not one of the rooms is square, with playful angles throughout and geometric windows oriented to take in an abundance of natural light.

The interiors are playful and bold. Picture:

The flexible floorplan, spread over three levels, offers a variety of uses, with intimate living and spacious entertainment areas for family and friends.

An elevated outdoor terrace absorbs the natural beauty and features a swimming pool.

Spaces range from intimate nooks to sprawling living areas. Picture:

Rounding out the once-in-a-lifetime offering are a tennis court, a sunken library, a bar, a workshop and storage cellar, and an observatory lookout.

In April, the home changed hands for the first time in 40 years for $2.8 million.

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