Celebrity Homes

Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett lists her Melbourne home

Oscar-winning actor Cate Blanchett and her husband, playwright and director Andrew Upton, are selling their Melbourne home, with expectations of fetching between $2.25 million and $2.45 million.

Located in the desirable Prahran area, adjacent to Victoria Gardens, the property exemplifies the elegance associated with Blanchett herself.

Acquired by the couple in 2006 for $745,000, according to public records, this residence has since undergone a significant transformation, according to Domain.

Alwill Architecture reimagined the space, which spreads over two levels, incorporating a blend of stone and stainless steel in the kitchen and an open-plan design for the living and dining area.

This leads out to a deck and garden, enhancing the property’s appeal.

A loft-style living space on the upper floor, a water tank, solar panels, a European laundry, and parking for one vehicle, with direct park access through a rear gate, complete the features of this home.

Kay & Burton agents Rae Mano, Jamie Mi, and Ada Taylor, have listed the property, which will go to auction on March 9.

Blanchett’s connection to Melbourne is deep-rooted; she was raised here, and her mother, June, maintains a nearby apartment, recently listed for rent.

The journey of Blanchett’s property investments started with a one-bedroom apartment in Sydney’s Coogee in 1996.

The couple’s portfolio grew over the years, including a significant purchase of a Hunters Hill mansion in 2004 for $10 million.

After renovating and extending this property, they sold it in 2017 for $18 million.

Although now based in the UK, where they acquired a historic manor for £3 million (AUD$5.8 million), the couple has maintained a presence in Sydney, selling a CBD property in 2020 but keeping an investment apartment in the city.

Blanchett’s acclaimed acting career includes Oscar wins for her roles in Blue Jasmine and The Aviator, along with nominations for performances in Tár, Notes on a Scandal, and Elizabeth.

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