Would you pay a $100,000 bond to rent here? And other eye-watering rentals

Would you pay a $100,000 bond to rent here? And other eye-watering rentals
Would you pay a $100,000 bond to rent here? And other eye-watering rentals

Seven-bedroom 'Barford' in Bellevue Hill has been listed for rent - at $25,000 per week. It's being described as one of the finest homes in Australia, and it would surely need to be to command this sort of price. However, it has taken a significant dip on its 2010 asking rental price, of $40,000 per week - perhaps heading back up to this cost over the busiest periods.

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Apparently the listing is already attracting high calibre international celebrities, and business leaders, however it's hush-hush and Property Observer was not able to receive any information about the identities of interested parties. Rumours did fly around back in September and October that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt may have been interested in renting the home at $50,000 a week.

The property, available as a short- or long-term rental, has Rob Farmer, CEO of RUN Property who are listing the property, noting that they are looking forward to welcoming tenants soon to the furnished home.

The property is National Heritage listed, offering views of Sydney Harbour and Rose Bay. One of the benefits of the location, according to the listing, is the inability for paparazzi to moor outside the home.

Originally commissioned, and owned, by newspaper proprietor Sir Warwick Fairfax in 1929, it also includes two separate entry gates and a modern alarm system. It is located at 58 Victoria Road, Bellevue Hill and is owned by Ian and Maggie Joye who bought the property for $5,785,000 in 1988, according to RP Data records.

A synthetic grass tennis court, gym with shower, heated pool, terraces, balconies, separate three-bedroom house and two separate one-bedroom flats, are listed as the outdoor features.

Internal features include a walk-in wadrobe, veranda, "outdoor" shower, 3.5 metre ceilings, marble floored entry, fireplaces, butler's pantry, a walk-in cold room, a home theatre and a billiards room.

It is also luxuriously furnished, with hand painted wallpaper and dado panelling in a private dining room that seats 12. It's also noted to be 'pet-friendly' on the website.

Hired help in the property, such as a gardener or domestic assistance, is also included.

The property is available to lease from tomorrow.

However, it's not the only property asking for an eye-watering rental price.

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The Vaucluse home - $80,000 bond

This address-withheld home in Vaucluse has a "Price on Application" note, however, lists the bond as $80,000.

The five-bedroom, five-bathroom house includes a balcony, cinema room, guest suite, gym with spa, two games rooms, a six car basement garage, an infinity pool... and the requisite views of the city and Harbour Bridge.

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Sydney penthouse - $15,000 per week

Meanwhile, for $15,000 a week you can snap up a four-bedroom, five-bathroom penthouse apartment in Sydney. While the address is also withheld, it notes that it is in the exclusive Hyde development overlooking Hyde Park. It, once again, notes views of the Harbour as well as the Opera House.

Fully furnished, and with interiors designed by Archer + Wright, it's 900 square metres in size with a private lift lobby, a butler's pantry, caterers scullery, a separate cold room, underfloor heating, balconies, dressing rooms and internal lift to the second level. It also includes a 15 metre rooftop lap pool, a private steam room and a BBQ area.

A home cinema, surround sound to all areas and video intercom are also included.

It's available for long-term lease.

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Watsons Bay house - $17,500 per week

And in Watsons Bay, a three-bedroom, three-bathroom house is looking for $17,500 per week. It's fully furnished, to-die-for beautiful and is directly onto the beach.

With a private deck, separate quarters for a housekeeper, it's gorgeous. It requires a departure clean fee of $500, and a minimum three week stay during the Christmas and New Year period.

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Mooloolaba apartment - $14,000 per week

Finally, this Queensland property at 801/87 Mooloolaba Esplanade, Mooloolaba had us gaping - and not just at the $14,000 per week price tag.

Called 'Sea Pearl' and with views up to Noosa Heads, the minimum seven night stay level-8 apartment includes a media room, steam room, pool and a sauna in the complex. It has a wine cellar, and a large balcony.

Lifestyles of the rich and famous, truly.

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Jennifer Duke

Jennifer Duke

Jennifer Duke was a property writer at Property Observer

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