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Toni Collette selling her bush hideway

by Marquette Turner

in News & Views, Real Estate Radar, Rich & Famous

Toni Collette, star of Muriel’s Wedding and Sixth Sense, has listed her luxurious country hideaway near Berry, citing reasons of her lack of opportunity to spend time there.

The 5 bedroom property, which is located 2 hours to the South of Sydney and was where she married Dave Galafassi in 2003, has been listed for just under $2 million.


The eco-friendly house, set amongst 10 hectares of rainforest was purchased in 2002 for $890,000 half-finished.  It includes an L-shaped sitting area, a mezzanine loft built from recycled timber, and a detached, acoustic timber-lined recording studio.

Behind automatic security gates sculpted by a local blacksmith, there is a level parcel of land that has a lawn area, timber play equipment and a large house painted khaki.

The kitchen has recycled antique cabinets with brightly coloured jewelled handles and a large Smeg stove.

The detached studio has an acoustic timber-lined room, an L-shaped sitting area, and mezzanine loft built from recycled timber.

With high clerestory windows, the house has been designed along passive-solar principles to flood the open-plan living room with natural light and take advantage of natural ventilation. There are ceiling fans for cooling and a large combustion fireplace for heat.

All five bedrooms are off the central living zone. Some have sliding walls to create larger, flexible rooms.

A Bose sound system is wired throughout the house, so you can hear music from the large deck that has filtered views of Seven Mile Beach. There is also DA-approval to build a plunge and lap pool.

Colette and Galafassi currently live in Los Angeles, with their four-month old daughter, Sage.  In addition, the married couple also own a mansion in the Sydney suburb of Bellevue Hill, worth just over $4.5 million.

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