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Sleek Australian Spread Loses Right to Call Itself a 'Farmhouse'

Ok, so even though this 6,781-square-foot manse finds itself on 26 acres of farmland in the hinterlands of Federal, Australia, the low-slung, all-white compound shares about as few similarities with the average "farmhouse" as possible. Made up of a three-bedroom main house, a covered terrace and pool area, a sculpture garden, and a one-bedroom caretaker's cottage built from a former dairy bail, the entire estate is brand new to the market, currently asking $5.2M. The brokerbabble insists that the "indoor and outdoor spaces have equal importance and connect seamlessly," which (for once) seems pretty spot on, as the sliding glass walls and open floorplan make the space feel more like a breezy pavilion than a traditional home. Since it was first built about 20 years ago, the place has won a slew of awards, including such prestige titles as the Best Property in Australia award at the 2009 CNBC International Property Awards. See it all, this way:

· Stunning contemporary Byron hinterland estate [Unique Estates]
· [WSJ]