Sandcastle-esque Mansion in Perth Tipped to Break Price Record

This unique house sits on an 804sqm block.

The property at 64 Branksome Gardens is priced at odds of $1.20 to break the previous sales record of $7.2 million for the suburb.

Sportsbet has tipped the property to fetch between $7.5 million and $7.74 million at odds of $3.00.

The online bookmaker has pegged Australia’s richest woman Gina Rinehart as the favourite to purchase the property at odds of $4, with Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest at $5, James Packer at $6 and Perth-based Formula One champion Daniel Ricciardo and veteran Perth newsreader Rick Ardon each at $11.

“Traditionally fairy tales have happy endings and it would be a dream come true for the owners to break the previous selling record and we’re tipping there’s no doubt it will,” says Sportsbet spokesman Will Byrne.


Tani and Tim Richards purchased the property as an old beach house 25 years ago and transformed the property into an incredible six-bedroom, four bathroom home in 2013.

Richards grew up in City Beach herself and spent hours of her childhood building sandcastles with her siblings.

This home, she says, was a product of her formative years and it was also influenced by years of travelling the globe with her pilot husband.

“Having had a look at the rest of the world, so to speak, I thought the best place on earth to raise children was Perth so we bought a little old cottage at south City Beach, which was a really unpopular suburb at that stage,” she says.

“I wanted to create a sense of being in a different world and that’s where my imagination came in.”

Sand castle Perth home - 64 Branksome Gardens City Beach WA 6015

The pool area.

Designed by James Shaw at Ecotect Architects, the property was painstakingly constructed by hand from solid limestone by Perth’s pre-eminent stonemasons Daniel Bartle of Creative Stone Construction and Albert Dietz.

The house, which is built over three levels, has an elevator and a separate self-contained apartment, does not require heating or cooling with the sea breeze providing adequate airflow along with the thermal mass built into the foundations.

The capstone limestone free-form rock and dry stone walls provide a unique and interesting design, with irregular shapes pieced together.

“The stonemasons carved little pictures in so every time you look around there’s something that you haven’t seen before.

“There are lots of little surprises that unless you actually stop, slow down and you’re not on your phone or watching TV, you notice. It makes you connect back to nature and become drawn into the fact that the rock came out of the ground and has been around for millions of years.

Sand castle Perth home - 64 Branksome Gardens City Beach WA 6015

The home has several unique design details.

Agent Scott Swingler from Space Real Estate in Cottesloe says the property was “unique, timeless and atmospheric”.

“It’s a property with its own personality.

“It’s so unique that it doesn’t fit any particular fashion or period of time. This really is a once in a lifetime buying opportunity,” he says.

Article by: Nicole Cox
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