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Former Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard’s new home in Brighton, Adelaide

BY NATASHA WOOD | PUBLISHED AUG 10 2013 [1]http://mylusciouslife.com/photos-julia-gillard-buys-new-adelaide-home
Julia Gillard new Adelaide home
Julia Gillard new Adelaide home


  • Gold Award - SPASA Awards of Excellence, Residential Concrete Pool, Traditional or Geometric – Up to $50,000, SA
  • The 1284-square metre property is "just steps to the beach".
  • A full-featured outdoor kitchen includes a commercial pizza oven, nine-burner barbecue and two bar fridges. (Designed by Jamie Durie?)

"Wondering what our former PM is up to? It seems that Julia Gillard and partner Tim Mathieson have purchased a new 4-bed, 3-bath home in the top Adelaide coastal suburb of Brighton…

Julia Gillard's home in Adelaide
Julia Gillard's home in Adelaide

"The former Prime Minister (Australia’s first female PM) is moving on from her humble brick home in Altona in the western suburbs of Melbourne, after her grander life in Australia’s top job and the heritage accommodation which came with it. She purchased the Altona house for $140,000 in 1998.
  • Her new home, closer to her family in Adelaide, was on the market for between $1.85m-$2.05m, and apparently sold for $1.8m. Read more about it – and see a picture of her former home – here. And learn more about beachside Brighton in South Australia.
  • The Indaily independent news group and the Adelaide Advertiser today speculated that ousted prime minister Julia Gillard has dropped $1.8 million on a home in the Brighton beachside suburb of her native Adelaide.
  • It comes with four bedrooms and a 12-person spa.
  • Last month Property Observer noted the rumours that the former PM was heading back to Adelaide from her Melbourne base of Altona.
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Glass doors slide open to create a big indoor-outdoor space, complete with an outdoor powder room and shower.
Glass doors slide open to create a big indoor-outdoor space, complete with an outdoor powder room and shower.

Concert-quality speakers are hidden in the lounge ceiling.
Concert-quality speakers are hidden in the lounge ceiling.

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The master bedroom has direct access to the backyard.
The master bedroom has direct access to the backyard.

A dry wine cellar is accessible through a trap door in the dining room
A dry wine cellar is accessible through a trap door in the dining room

Is this Julia Gillard s new Adelaide home?
Is this Julia Gillard s new Adelaide home?

As she prepares for the next chapter in an extraordinary life, Julia Gillard is feeling the call of family and home and heading back to Adelaide. external image art-353-Untitled-1-300x0.jpg
The house has three bathrooms, including a double-shower en suite and spacious walk-in wardrobe in the "parents' retreat".
The house has three bathrooms, including a double-shower en suite and spacious walk-in wardrobe in the "parents' retreat".

  • She will shortly move back to the City of Churches to be closer to her ageing mother, Moira, and her sister, Alison.
  • Gillard, 52, was a practising lawyer before beginning her 15-year political career and may consider a return to the law, though an international role is more likely.
  • As a former prime minister, she is entitled to an office, a small staff and other benefits, including 40 free domestic flights per year (with spouse), free home and mobile phones, and a private car.
  • Among career possibilities open to a former prime minister is to join the corporate speaking circuit, and a possible book deal, with publishers likely to pay big money to secure the inside story of the country's first female prime minister.
  • Ms Gillard is living in her Altona house in the south-western Melbourne electorate of Lalor, having moved out of The Lodge shortly after being deposed.
  • Ms Gillard declined to provide any comment for this report, but it is understood that while the interstate shift is not imminent, she and partner Tim Mathieson were looking for a suitable residence and plan to move after the election.
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Step up: Julia Gillard and Tim Mathieson have upgraded from Gillard's Altona home. Photo: Justin McManus
Step up: Julia Gillard and Tim Mathieson have upgraded from Gillard's Altona home. Photo: Justin McManus

The Indaily independent news group and the Adelaide Advertiser today speculated that ousted prime minister Julia Gillard has dropped $1.8 million on a home in the Brighton beachside suburb of her native Adelaide. [2]

Here’s the official blurb from Harris Real Estate:
  • How cool is this? Resort-style living & entertaining on 1284m2 with sea, sand & coffee just around the corner
  • Step straight into the pages of the glossies as the lucky new owners of this dreamily renovated bungalow, as featured in SA Life, Adelaide Matters and celebrity landscaper Jamie Durie’s Patio.
    • Add a fantastic location, just steps to the beach and Jetty Road’s cafe culture, also close to Westfield Marion, the new Aquatic Centre and schools including Westminster College and Brighton High for which it is zoned; and you won’t find a more idyllic family home anywhere.
    • All you need is a floaty caftan to fit right into your new lifestyle of private relaxation and seamless entertaining centred around schmick architectural additions, a sparkling in-ground pool and stunning outdoor kitchen.
    • Swim or simply unwind in the 12-person spa, grab a drink from the bar fridge and dance the night away on metres of beautiful Quantum Stone with surround sound to set the mood and lighting displays that will take your breath away.
    • Winner of a global award for Best Geometric Pool, the solar and gas-heated Freedom Pool also comes with a starting block and swim jets for your budding Olympians, and an in-floor filtration system that cleans the pool while you sleep.
    • Frameless bifold glass slides open to create a lovely big indoor-outdoor space, complete with an outdoor powder room and shower. Even with 100 guests and kids jumping in the pool, it never feels crowded.
    • With a commercial pizza oven, 9-burner barbecue, 2 bar fridges and a pull-out spray tap, the outdoor kitchen caters breezily to any number of family and friends. Cook the food you love to share here and in the much-featured main kitchen by Farquhar showcasing a lust-have range of glossy 2-pac storage and Caesar Stone bench tops packed full of appliances and gadgets including 2 integrated fridge-freezers, a Miele coffee machine and ducted vacuum kitchen sweep.
    • Reap all the benefits of a rear north-facing aspect, particularly in winter when sun streams in through a clerestory window to warm the family spaces, supplemented by under-floor heating and a gas-pebble fire.
    • Families, especially larger, blended and extended ones, will love all the extra space and entertaining options afforded by the formal rooms in the original home. Enjoy the next best thing to a live performance with concert-quality speakers in the lounge ceiling, while the dining room guards its own secret with trap-door access to a dry wine cellar.
    • Four lovely large bedrooms and three swoon-worthy bathrooms include a pampering parents’ retreat with double-shower ensuite, spacious walk-in robe and direct access to the backyard leisure zone.
    • This all-singing, all-dancing home also comes with full C-bus home automation, TV-monitored security and off-street parking for a fleet of cars including a double garage with access via Elm Street at the rear and a single with direct entry to the home.
    • An amazing family home by anyone’s standards; see it this weekend!
    • Industrial r/c air conditioning (2 units)
    • Under-floor heating (family room, master bedroom & ensuite)
    • Alarm system, 5 cameras & video intercom
    • Ducted vacuuming
    • Remote driveway gate & auto garaging for 3 vehicles
    • Automated watering system (front and back)

The floor plan of Julia Gillard's new home in Adelaide
The floor plan of Julia Gillard's new home in Adelaide




  1. ^ http://mylusciouslife.com/photos-julia-gillard-buys-new-adelaide-home/
  2. ^ http://www.propertyobserver.com.au/south-australia/local-paper-tweets-that-julia-gillard-spends-$18-million-in-hometown-adelaide/2013080863960