When Australia’s Prime Ministers aren’t kicking it in Kirribilli, or The Lodge majority of them live in their own impressive homes.
From Kevin Rudd’s resort-style living in Noosa to Bob Hawke’s Oceanfront retreat, here is our top six picks of Australian Prime Minister’s Properties.
NUMBER 6: Paul Keating
Former Labor Party leader, Paul Keating served as the 24th Prime Minister of Australia from 1991-1996. Mr Keating has quite the property portfolio, most recently purchasing an apartment in Elizabeth Bay in 2017.
The one-bedroom, 65 sq m unit on Billyard Avenue sold for $1.625 million. Keating’s latest dwelling is opposite Lindsay Fox’s landmark waterfront Boomerang holding.
NUMBER 5: Malcolm Fraser
The late Malcolm Fraser didn’t have to travel far when he became PM. The residence of the then Prime Minister is only 300m from The Lodge. Designed by him and his wife, the property is called JM Fraser House.
The home was built in 1959, three years after the couple wed and four years after Fraser joined office.
The architecture combines Georgian and American Plantation styles, from the soaring facade to the grand entrance hall and tall windows.
NUMBER 4: Julia Gillard
Former Labor Party leader, Julia Gillard, severed as the 27th Prime Minister of Australia from 2010-2013. Back in 2013, Ms Gillard and partner Tim Mathieson left their humble brick home in Altona in the western suburbs of Melbourne for something closer to family. Her new home was on the market for between $1.85m-$2.05m and sold for $1.8m.
It’s a no brainer why they chose this, with its sleek architectural design, sparkling in-ground pool and stunning outdoor kitchen, it’s simply amazing.
NUMBER 3: Bob Hawke
Australia’s longest-serving Labor Party prime minister, the late Bob Hawke, had one impressive home.
The Labor Party legend bought the Northbridge property in 1991 for $1.23 million, just six months before he lost the party leadership to Paul Keating.
The five-storey former Northbridge home of Hawke and his wife Blanche d’Alpuget sold for $9.2 million.
Hawke and his then-wife, the late Hazel Hawke, had planned to eventually retire to the waterfront property after a three-bedroom house on site was demolished and rebuilt as a far more contemporary four-level residence.
The north-facing property overlooks the Sugarloaf Bay and features an internal lift, rooftop putting green, a private jetty, pontoon, and a boathouse.
NUMBER 2: Malcolm Turnbull
Former leader of the Liberal Party, Malcolm Turnbull, served as the 29th Prime Minister of Australia from 2015 – 2018.
Mr Turnbull downgraded when he moved into The Lodge.
The Turnbull family home is a vast waterfront estate in Point Piper.
Records show they bought what was then a beachfront residence known as Le Gai Soleil in 1994 for $5,425,000.
The Mediterranean-style home underwent several renovations over the years.
However, it still retains many of its ornate features, such as arched roof tiles, arched doorways and windows and Juliet balconies.
NUMBER 1: Kevin Rudd
Former Labor leader, Kevin Rudd, and his wife Therese Rein are living their best life in Noosa. Earlier this year, the former PM and wife purchased a stunning $17m property built by Pat Rafter.
The seven-bedroom John Burgess-designed home is breathtaking. The design is minimalistic, memorising, and masterful.