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An international influence

November 13, 2017

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Thomas Hamel likes to describe himself as creative rather than athletic. But that has yet to stop the high-profile designer from leading the global field when it comes to putting together outstanding interiors, as Unique Luxury discovers. He created his first residence aged just 10 when he turned a tiny bookcase into a doll’s house […]

Sparkling Success

October 30, 2017

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The most precious gems in the life of Matthew Ely are undoubtedly wife Nicole, daughter Amity and the new addition which will be joining the Ely clan early next year. Diamonds, however, run a close second. Born into a jewellery dynasty the pride of Sydney’s west, exquisite rocks have always played a significant role in […]


October 13, 2017

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When it comes to attention to detail, Kisumé is in a league entirely of its own. Staff are not just selected but hand-picked, gin is not just sourced but hand-produced and the kitchen space is not just allocated but replicated – twice over. Birthed from the same stable as exclusive Melbourne eateries Chin Chin, Gogo […]

Italian Street Style

September 19, 2017

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Dating back 70 years, the Vespa, utilising World War Two technology from the aero industry, provided an ideal means of transport at a time when the purchase of a car was not in the reach of every man or woman. But the Vespa was not just another means of transport, a cheap way to get […]

The Woman Behind The Brand - Kate McCoy

September 8, 2017

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Equipped with a keen sense of adventure and an exceptional eye for design. If you ask her what she has planned for the year, don’t be surprised if she responds with “off to Mongolia to play polo again” or “sourcing Burmese Rubies in Myanmar”. As a child, she was never happier than when mustering cattle […]

Australian Super Yachts

August 3, 2017


The Australian superyacht market is unique. Formerly the domain of private-only superyachts operated without any commercial gain, savvy owners have begun building new luxury yachts that comply with Australia’s strict safety and commercial standards to take advantage of the numerous fiscal and tax benefits on offer. Richard Morris, the founder and Managing Director of Australian […]

Playing the Long Game

July 21, 2017

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Just like the stylish heads of state, royal family members and high-profile Hollywood starlets that purchase its wares, Longchamp is a luxury leather goods brand unafraid of reinvention, as Unique Luxury discovers. Scientists refer to it as The French Paradox. It’s the only way they can surmise why the French seem to smoke so many […]

Mediterranean Magic

July 7, 2017

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Today begins with your luxury motor yacht pulling into a quaint marina amid a colourful kaleidoscope of fishing boats bobbing beneath a sparkling Mediterranean sun. Ashore, village roads give way to charming cobblestone paths leading past quaint cafés and shops selling one-off curios. Only yesterday, the calm blue waters and soft breezes transported your vessel […]

The Cultivation of great design

June 23, 2017

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If the many items of exquisite beauty that furniture curator Richard Munao has around him, it is fitting a crystal ball is not among them. This is largely because foresight has always been one of the 52-year-old’s more consistent companions. It was there when, as a teen, he defied his Italian father and Greek mother’s […]

100 Years of Motoring - Part II

June 14, 2017

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It was, of course, Ferdinand Porsche, born September 1875. Long before the three Porsches we see here this evening were created, Ferdinand Porsche was using his engineering skills to create electric cars and one of the greatest cars of all time, the Mercedes SSK. He is probably best remembered today for the Porsche 356 (Lots […]

100 Years of Motoring

June 2, 2017

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As we circulate to preview the latest collectors’ car auction, a 1913 Ford Model T and the newest car, a 2013 Chevrolet Corvette, reveals that this is not any auction. This is an auction spanning 100 years. Though perhaps the title of this talk should be 170 years of motoring because the DNA of two […]

Pearls of Joy

May 4, 2017

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When it comes to determining the heroes of the marine world, the reclusive Pinctada Maxima is not usually the first to come to mind. Mostly due to the fact that with neither size nor beauty on her side, this large and lustrous fragile invertebrate is more at home in the company of plankton than she […]

The Woman Behind The Brand

April 26, 2017

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Amanda Swanson doesn’t have the luxury of awaiting opportunity. In a professional career spanning just two decades and three cities, she has launched an eponymous design business, taken on a high profile role marketing fashion, managed a burgeoning Sydney art gallery and co-founded Australia’s first hybrid auction house and art gallery. After leaving Firbank Grammar […]

The Energising of Tesla

April 19, 2017

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It’s hardly a secret that when it comes to revolutionary start-ups Elon Musk has the Midas touch. The South African-born inventor first rose to prominence after founding a web software company called Zip2 that was later sold to Compaq, netting him a cool $22 million. He then went on to start a company called X.com, […]

Haute Horology

April 4, 2017

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When New Zealand recruitment specialist Gudrun Kendall first learned her male partner was the likely recipient of a vintage Rolex watch, she knew she’d have to do some fast-talking. Selling the watch’s owner on the fact the slim design of the 80-year-old Oyster Speedking Precision was more suited to a female wrist than a male, […]

Unique Estates Agent, David Boucher Featured in Virgin Australia Magazine

March 9, 2017

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We’re so excited to see our Unique Estates agent & brand ambassador, David Boucher featured in Virgin Australia Magazine’s latest issue. With a 40 year history in the luxury realm, no wonder David is such a great fit with our Unique brand. Click here to view/download the PDF    

The International Property Awards 2016

December 20, 2016

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Unique Estates has been presented with a Five Star Property Award in the Best Real Estate Agency Website Asia Pacific category at the International Property Awards 2016 at The Savoy Hotel, London on Monday the 12th December. Unique Estates competed against the best property professionals from across the globe to be awarded this title for […]


The Laurels - Mount Macedon

July 29, 2016

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As early pioneers laid the foundations of European settlement, so too has The Laurels been the product of these pioneering Australians. Re-built on the site of the home of Charles Cogger (1833-1915) and his family, this stunning, 2 acre property – named after the laurel hedges on its northern borders – is infused with the […]

Foreign Home Ownership

July 21, 2016

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It might sound thrilling, but buying property in another country can be an expensive disaster if you don’t do your research.   Buying a property overseas could be the biggest purchase you will ever make. It’s easy to be captivated by the idea of buying a Bali beach shack, a Tuscan farmhouse or a pied-à-terre […]

Faraday School House

July 18, 2016

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The Faraday School House is situated in Central Victoria close to the Mt. Alexander goldfields. In 1851 gold was found in the Mt. Alexander area and within a year, tens of thousands flocked to the region. The historic townships of Chewton and Castlemaine were created by the Mt. Alexander Rush. Faraday was settled as an […]