Fiona Killman, Real Estate Reporter
First published 14 Jan 2024, 5:00am
Sports lovers are taking homes to the next level.
When it comes to building the dream property, it’s not always just about the pool and tennis court.
More and more sports fans are putting their mark on properties across Australia, some as extreme as a motocross track in the backyard with others jumping on newer sporting trends such as pickleball courts in the backyard.
Sports stars themselves unsurprisingly are also on the hunt for the best Aussie properties with first class facilities.
Cricket’s golden couple Mitchell Starc and Alyssa Healy are rumoured to have bought a home with world class sporting facilities.
Charlotte Park, on Mona Vale Rd, has equestrian facilities, tennis court and pool.
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Cricket’s golden couple Mitchell Starc and Alyssa Healy are rumoured to have registered their interest in Charlotte Park, a 1.8ha estate that boasts world-class equestrian facilities, swimming pool, tennis court, two-storey house, American-style barn, wine cellar and garaging for 13 cars.
Meanwhile retired tennis great Ash Barty expressed interest in a Kingscliff home with a stunning tennis court along with beachside access. The home recently sold for a record price to a buyer from Melbourne.
Tennis legend Ash Barty expressed interest in this home in Kingscliff.
Ash Barty in action at the 2022 Australian Open. Picture: David Caird
On Sydney’s Northern Beaches, an Ingleside property has taken it up a notch with a golf putting green, cricket pitch with batting nets and rugby goalposts.
The large property on 7.3 acres has an asking price of $9m.
Listing agent Taylor Snell from Sydney Country Living Terrey Hills said families had expressed interest in what the property had to offer.
“The lifestyle is really why they’re move there and being able to have the kids running around,” he said.
“The owners kids were very keen sports players, one of them is playing football professionally overseas and one played high level cricket too.”
The golf putting green at the Ingleside home.
A property in Ingleside has taken sports to the next level.
Mr Snell said the trend towards sports oriented homes became more popular during Covid lockdowns.
“We definitely noticed the uptake in lifestyle and acreage style property during Covid,” he said.
“But I think that trend is continuing because Covid has changed the way people live their life. “People aren’t going into the office as much, they have their private office separate to the house and then they can access all those facilities right on their own property.”
A property in Sydney’s Horsley Park has both a cricket pitch/net alongside a full sized tennis court.
This resort style property is Horsley Park comes with a cricket pitched attached to the side of a tennis court.
“Pound for pound this home is the best property in its weight division throughout the area,” the listing states.
“Its in a class on its own.”
The property, on 2.7 acres, has a price guide of $4.85m and also include a swimming pool to rival any luxury resort.
Up the road on the Central Coast is a similar property designed with a love for sport.
The cricket pitch/net has been erected next to the tennis court.
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The five bedroom home on Portsmouth Rd is on 2.5 acres and has also jumped on the trend of a championship sized tennis court paired with a fenced cricket pitch.
With the pickleball craze well and truly taking off across Australia, a Beecroft homeowner
jumped on board putting a court in their backyard.
Pickleball, which is a combination of ping pong, tennis and badminton, has experienced huge growth in Australia, following suit from its popularity in the US which has become the fastest growing sport in the country.
A home in Beecroft with a pickleball court recently sold for a record price.
The idea for the court, which also doubles as a basketball court, came from other dream courts built on the hit TV series The Block.
“We removed the old full size tennis court, making way for a 12m pool that’s heated for all year-round use,” the owner said.
“We kept part of the original tennis court and converted it to a multi-sport court.”
The home recently sold at auction for $5.19m – the highest price achieved at auction for a Beecroft house.
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