Movie stars’ house of secrets

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The name Luhrmann is film royalty in Australia. Baz Luhrmann’s films are among the most acclaimed in the country.

But when some of the big names of Hollywood came to Australia to film movies such as The Great Gatsby or indeed Australia chances are they were able to relax in a family home on Sydney’s northern beaches home to Baz’s older brother Brett.

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Brett and Lori Luhrmann at their Seaforth home where they welcomed A-listers.


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Brett and Lori Luhrmann at their Seaforth home where they welcomed A-listers.

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While Baz moved into entertainment Brett, who grew up racing on water and dancing in ballrooms, has pursued a love of powerboat racing.

The Luhrmanns grew up on the northern beaches and Brett and his wife Lori have lived on the beaches all their lives.

The couple have loved their glamorous home in Seaforth but this week they sold it for a quieter life on a farm north of Sydney.

However while Brett and Lori lived in Kirkwood St they regularly hosted A-listers visiting Sydney giving the stars a home away from home. Some of the people brother Baz worked with included Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire.

“The Hollywood A-listers come here because they feel safe here, and they are treated just like family,” he said.

So will he name names? Even just one or two?

“Never,” he said.

If only walls could talk.

The glamourous house at Kirkwood St, Seaforth.


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The glamourous house at Kirkwood St, Seaforth.

Lovely spot for a quiet intimate dinner party.


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Lovely spot for a quiet intimate dinner party.

Their home had a certain Hollywood glamour with a thermal swimming pool and a bathroom inspired by a LA luxury hotel.

This week their five-bedroom home with 800-bottle wine cellar traded for a street record of $3.45 million.

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Agent Hugo Ortega, of Etch Real Estate, said although the home came to market before this year’s election it was worth waiting for the right buyer.

“What was most interesting was that there was a spike from local buyers, looking to upsize, and overseas buyers — in particular from Hong Kong, with three groups in as many weeks’ flying-in to see the home,” he said.

The new owner is also from the northern beaches, from Belrose and they have been looking for the right property for 18 months.

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