In 2005, actress Cate Blanchett and her husband, Andrew Upton, purchased the historic, 19th-century Bulwarra estate in Hunter’s Hill—a suburb of Sydney, Australia. A decade later, after adding a slew of eco-friendly amenities to the sandstone abode, the couple is listing the home for nearly $15 million. Featuring high-tech solar paneling to generate clean energy, hydronic underfloor heating, low-energy lighting, and a rainwater tank that recycles water for irrigation purposes, the house is an energy-efficient reprieve from the bustling city.
The refurbished home includes five posh bedrooms (three of which open to outdoor terraces), four bathrooms, and two powder rooms. Located in a private wing, the master suite features an enormous dressing room and an en suite bathroom with a freestanding tub. A chef’s-grade kitchen with a large island and concrete floors is the centerpiece of the main floor, while an upper-level living area opens to a sunny veranda overlooking the lush, Will Dangar–designed gardens with cobbled pathways and the Parramatta River lying just beyond the edge of the yard. Timber, stone, and skylights add a light and airy feel to the open-layout home, and a visually appealing steel staircase seamlessly connects all three levels. Outside, there is a championship tennis court, a trampoline platform, a heated pool, and a glass-and-concrete guesthouse, all with river views. (christiesrealestate.com)