Australia’s most extravagantly gaudy home for sale

Alistair WalshSeptember 18, 20120 min read

Forget chic Bondi Minimalism, Australia’s most extravagantly gaudy home has been discovered, given it's been listed for sale.

With peacocks, mermaids, statues and chandeliers aplenty, one Bondi chiropractor turned a late 1800s four-bedroom home into a real-life house of almost hallucinatory showiness.

And it can be bought in one line!

Over the past 35 years, vendor Kevin Du Val has pumped more than $1 million of trinketry, tack, pomp and artifacts into this cabinet of curiosities.

The former saddlery, butcher's shop and grocery store now includes a 270-year-old chandelier, various taxidermies, painted leadlight windows and an impressive collection of assorted gaudy antiques.

In the courtyard, a statue of Poseidon looms over a heated spa, which is festooned with crude ocean scenes.

Inside the pink and purple lounge room, a cast iron spiral staircase leads up to a cosy attic bedroom dominated by what looks like a fox fur-covered bed.

Du Val has been using the home as a part residence, part studio for his osteopathy, iridology (diagnosing ailments from the shape and colour of a person's eyes) and chiropractor business.

The ostentatiously ornamented property is being listed for sale by Troy Deviesseux from Ray White Wentworth Point.

“You’d be hard pressed to find another property like this,” Deviesseux says.

He is looking to sell the property for upwards of $2.5 million, not including the furnishings.

“That doesn’t include the furnishings and the various artworks which give the property its character.”

“The first preference would be for it to sell as one package, which would be worth in the high $3 million.

He insists the property has had strong interest for its October 12 auction.

“The interest comes from collectors mainly. People who have an art collection and people who are just looking for something a little bit different.”

Du Val has set the 205-square-metre property up as a three-bedroom house, with the fourth used as his practice.

Pressed metal front doors lead into a formal entry. Downstairs is a formal lounge with a mahogany bar, a formal dining room and an eat-in kitchen.

Upstairs are three bedrooms, a TV rooms and a main bathroom. There is an upstairs terrace that looks down onto the courtyard.

There are four open fireplaces spread throughout the property.

The sale includes parking for up to three vehicles.

Du Val says he created the home around his artworks.

The decision to sell had been a difficult one, Du Val told News Limited

"It's fairly emotional, probably more so than I'm letting on. But sometimes you just need a change and it's just time. They say the two most difficult things you can go through in life are selling a home and getting divorced, and this is like both."

Alistair Walsh

Deutsche Welle online reporter
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